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Guitar Greats: Flea

International Guitar Month isn't just for those six string giants!  Let us not forget about our mighty bass players, and any conversation about rock's great bassists would be incomplete without mentioning Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea.

The backbone of the band, Flea's in a class along with contemporaries like the late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton.  Simply put:  He's a game changer.  From the way he plays to the way he performs, Flea proves that bassists don't all just hang back by the drummer and keep to themselves.  Sometimes, they're a big reason you buy a ticket to the show in the first place.

 

 

Flea of the band Red Hot Chili Peppers performing at the World Music Theater, Chicago, Illinois, August 3, 1986.

 

Bassist Flea (left) and singer Anthony Kiedis (right) perform with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers at the Uitmarkt in Amsterdam, Netherlands on 28th August 1989.

Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers during Red Hot Chili Peppers in Concert at Waterloo - 1991 at Waterloo in Stanhope, New Jersey.

 

Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers poses shirtless in his hotel room for a portrait in August 1992 in New York City, New York.

 

Flea at Woodstock Concert - 1994.

 

Flea of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers performs at the 1995 MTV Video Music Awards.

 

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea performing at the 1998 Tibet Freedom Concert at RFK Stadium in Washington DC.

 

Red Hot Chili Peppers In Concert At The Shepherds Bush Empire London, Britain - June 1999.

 

Flea of The Red Hot Chili Peppers perform at the Silver Lining-Silver Lake Presents The 2nd Annual Silver Lining Benefit For The Hollywood Sunset Free Clinic.

 

Flea performing with The Red Hot Chili Peppers in June of 2004 in Amsterdam.

 

Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers during the Weenie Roast Y Fiesta 2006 - Show at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, California.

 

Flea performs at this year's Halloweenabaloo Benefit for the Silver Lake Conservatory of Music on October 31, 2009 in Los Angeles.

 

Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers performs at Palacio de los Deportes on December 17, 2011 in Madrid, Spain.

 

Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers performs onstage during a show in Asuncion, Paraguay on November 5, 2013.

 

Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers performs at The Isle of Wight Festival as Seaclose Park on June 14, 2014 in Newport, Isle of Wight.

 

Flea performs during Pathway to Paris at Le Trianon on December 4, 2015 in Paris, France.

 

Flea performs onstage during DirecTV Super Saturday Night co-hosted by Mark Cuban's AXS TV at Pier 70 on February 6, 2016 in San Francisco.