Flea’s Version Of The National Anthem: Good Or Too Avant-Garde For The Setting?

04.14.16 3 years ago 11 Comments

Kobe Bryant played his last game Wednesday night. No one is talking about; it’s barely been reported. So you’re welcome. You now know something that most people don’t.

Part of the festivities, aside from the multiple giveaways that were endlessly tweeted out by Darren Rovell and the numerous tributes by celebrities and athletes and the deluge of Kobe-related posts on social media was a performance of the national anthem by Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Armed with his bass, a couple of effects pedals and his general Flea-ness, the bassist, who is a diehard Lakers’ fan, delivered what can only be universally described as an interesting rendition of the song. It was certainly more Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock and less Lady Gaga at Super Bowl 50 and it was bound from the jump to garner a slew of reactions on social media.

There was the pro:

There was the con:

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