Red Hot Chili Peppers‘s Flea has spoken about the frustration of having to play the same songs over and over again.
Speaking to NME ahead of the Californian band’s Reading Festival headline set, the bassist said he thinks of the fans when he gets tired of certain songs.
“Has there ever been a night where I’ve been like ‘If I play fucking ‘Give It Away’ again my cock’s gonna fall off’? Yes,” he said.
“There are moments of having a hard time finding the essence and spirit of a song, but in general it’s all about the people in the end. It’s all about connecting with the people.
“I try to keep myself in a place of being completely selfless about it and doing my best to use every song, whether it’s one I’ve heard a million times or a new one, as a vehicle for connecting with people and making them feel less alone in the world.”
Red Hot Chili Peppers returned to Reading for the first time in nine years last night (August 27). Their headline set at Little John’s Farm included renditions of the crowd-pleasing hits ‘Dani California’, ‘Californication’, ‘Under The Bridge’ and ‘By The Way’.
Speaking to bandmate Anthony Kiedis during the band’s performance on the main stage, Flea said: “I want to ride the spinning ride after the show and vomit all over myself and everyone.”
The on-stage banter grew even saltier from there, with Flea asking Kiedis when he had last “shit his pants”. Kiedis replied by saying “not for a while”.