Flea

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Date of Birth October 16, 1962
Place of Birth Melbourne, Australia
Age 58 years old
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Flea (musician)

Michael Peter Balzary, known professionally as Flea, is an Australian-American musician and actor. He is best known as a founding member and the bassist of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers and has appeared on every album released by the band. Flea briefly appeared as the bassist for such bands as What Is This?, Fear, and Jane's Addiction. He has performed with rock supergroups Atoms for Peace, Antemasque, Pigface, and Rocket Juice & the Moon, and collaborated with the Mars Volta, Johnny Cash, Tom Waits, Alanis Morissette, and Young MC. Flea also performed live with Nirvana in 1993 playing the trumpet. Flea incorporates elements of funk, psychedelic, punk, and hard rock in his style of playing. In 2009, Rolling Stone readers ranked Flea the second best bassist of all time, behind only John Entwistle. In 2012, he and the other members of Red Hot Chili Peppers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Birth name: Michael Peter Balzary
Also known as: Mike B the Flea
Born: October 16, 1962, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Genres: Funk rock, alternative rock, funk metal, jazz, experimental rock, punk rock, jazz-funk, electronica, hardcore punk
Occupation(s): Musician, actor
Instruments: Bass guitar, trumpet, keyboards, vocals, guitar
Years active: 1979–present
Labels: Warner Bros, EMI
Associated acts: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Atoms for Peace, Antemasque, Rocket Juice & the Moon, What Is This, Fear, Jane's Addiction, The Mars Volta, Tom Waits, Fishbone, Alanis Morissette, Nirvana, Young MC
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About Flea

Born Michael Balzary, he is the bassist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and widely considered to be one of the greatest rock bassists of all-time.

Before Fame

He met Anthony Kiedis, the future Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman, at Fairfax High School in Los Angeles. He first played jazz trumpet but was taught the bass by Hillel Slovak, who would become the Red Hot Chili Peppers' first guitarist.

Achievement

He has played small roles in such films as Back to the Future Part II, Baby Driver, and The Big Lebowski.

Family Life

He married Loesha Zeviar in June 1988 and then later got remarried to actress Frankie Rayder in 2005. He and Frankie had their first child together, Sunny Bebop Balzary, in 2005.

Associations

In 2009, he and Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke formed the supergroup Atoms for Peace. They released their first album, Amok, in 2013.

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  • Pigface members
  • 21st-century Australian musicians
  • Australian male voice actors
  • Alternative rock bass guitarists
  • American experimental musicians
  • 21st-century bass guitarists
  • 20th-century Australian musicians
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Latest information about Flea updated on October 24, 2020.

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