Flea gives Kobe Bryant bass national anthem goodbye

bassist FleaFlea gives Kobe Bryant bass national anthem goodbye

RHCP bassist compares NBA player to Coltrane

By David Sands
April 14, 2016

The Red Hot Chili Pepper’s Flea bid farewell to his basketball hero, Kobe Bryant, Wednesday in the best way he knew how: with a bass-only rendition of the national anthem. (SEE VIDEO BELOW).

Later in the evening, The NBA star played his final game with the Lakers against the Utah Jazz.

If Flea’s goal was to inspire Bryant, it looks like he suceeded. Los Angeles ended up with a 101-96 win, due in part to a phenomenal performance by the retiring Laker. Bryant racked up an extraordinary 60 points that night, his fifth highest-scoring game since joining the NBA in 1996.

Flea, a die-hard L.A. Lakers fan, discussed his feelings for the departing basketball star in a recent interview with Rolling Stone.

“I look at him as someone like, you know, Charlie Parker or John Coltrane or Jimmy Page or Jimi Hendrix, you know?” Flea said. “He’s been able to change and evolve and grow and be such a master of his craft. It’s been great seeing him grow up, because he joined the Lakers when he was 17, and he’s done so much for our city.”

While Flea’s performance Wednesday wasn’t the first time he’s played the “The Star-Spangled Banner” for the Lakers, his bass-only rendition did draw jeers from some quarters of the internet. In an interview with TMZ, though, the Red Hot Chili Pepper seemed unphased by any criticism, telling the news site: “I rocked that s**t!”

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