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Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea Feared Career Ended With Accident

06/21/2016
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(Classic Rock) Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has revealed that he thought he'd ended his playing career when a snowboarding accident left him with an arm broken in five places.

He had to undergo major surgery in February last year, and spent more than six months recuperating - and he admits he felt like he'd let his bandmates down because they had to postpone work on 11th album The Getaway.

Flea says he was travelling at over 50mph when he lost control and landed on his arm. But despite being offered the use of a medical sled to get off the mountain, he insisted on snowboarding to the bottom.

He tells Rolling Stone: "I was so bummed. I felt like I'd let everybody down, because we couldn't record, but we'd written all our stuff. I was just really, really sad."

Flea retains a metal screw in his left elbow. "I had a long rehab process, I got better, and now I'm totally back on top," he reports. "I was worried I'd never play bass again - but luckily I'm rockin'." Read more here.

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