Flea Thought Red Hot Chili Peppers Were Over

(Gibson) Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has opened up about his friendship with former Pepper John Frusciante, who has been replaced in the band by guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. Initially, he thought Frusciante's departure might be the end of the Peppers, although that proved not to be the case.

"You know, we've [Frusciante and Flea] been friends since we were 15," Flea told Q magazine, via Ultimate Classic Rock. "We were inseparable. And even though our relationship has been really antagonistic… we offend each other and we can both be a couple of self-righteous [expletive]… I really love the guy and he's my brother."

Flea said that figuring out how to work creatively with Klinghoffer proved to be a challenge, but one that worked out quite well.

"The trickiest part of getting together with Josh for me was also the best, which is that he's completely different to John," he said. "There were things that I had come to expect John to do. He's such a phenomenal musician that I was used to playing something and – bam! – John would hit it. He and Chad [Smith] and I would lock in, and it was undeniably good. more on this story

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