Flea had to relearn bass for new Red Hot Chili Peppers album following snowboarding injury

Bassist broke his arm last year in Montana

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has revealed how he had to relearn how to play the instrument after a recent injury.

‘The Getaway’, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ first record since 2011’s ‘I’m With You’, will be released this Friday (June 17), produced by Danger Mouse and mixed by Radiohead‘s Nigel Godrich.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Flea spoke about how breaking his arm on a snowboarding trip affected the recording of the LP.


“We were jetting down the mountain, going, like, 50 miles an hour, when I just wiped out,” Flea said of his trip to Montana with frontman Anthony Kiedis.

“It was like, bam. My arm started swelling up right away. I broke my arm in five places. Big pieces of bone were shorn off.”

Flea suffered nerve damage and underwent major surgery then six months of rehabilitation. However, he also had to relearn the bass after he reportedly “struggled to rebuild dexterity on his instrument”.

“I went to play one note and a bunch of pain shot up my arm,” Flea remembered. “I tried to play the simplest things and my hand just wouldn’t do it. It felt like I let everyone down, because we couldn’t work on the record.”

The band used the recovery period to reassess plans for the next LP and to do something different. “We were starting to do the same things we’ve always done,” Flea added. “I knew what we were gonna do before we even did it.” They then decided to work with Danger Mouse instead of long-term producer Rick Rubin.


Flea previously said that the band were “heading into a new era” as they finished work on the LP.

Asked how the album was sounding, Flea told Q: “It’s new and different but without sacrificing the good bits of us. There are some songs we already had, and some new ones too. I can’t wait to play it live.”

Earlier this week, Red Hot Chili Peppers appeared as guests for James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke.

Meanwhile, Flea also recently bemoaned the state of modern rock music, saying that the genre is dead.

The band have a series of tour dates and festival appearances booked for the summer. Among those dates is a headline slot at Reading and Leeds Festival 2016.