“I like Halls of Fame. I think they’re cool.”
Our sentiments exactly, Flea.
And as of this weekend, Flea, Anthony Kiedis and several other current or former members of The Red Hot Chili Peppers will be official inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Among them is current guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, who will become the youngest member ever at 32.
“I don't necessarily feel like I've done a lifetime's worth of accomplishments to, you know, be in a hall of fame, but I'm honored every day to be in this band and to play with these guys,” Klinghoffer tells HLN.
You might be surprised to hear that comedian Chris Rock will be presenting the band at the Hall of Fame ceremony, where they’re also performing. But Rock actually directed the music video for one of their songs, “Hump de Bump.”
“We’ve just been friends with him for a long time, and he’s been a real great supporter of us … and he’s just a really smart, cool dude who loves music very much, and definitely will be a different take than the normal induction speech,” Flea said.
When he’s not making rock history, bass player Flea also runs a non-profit music school called The Silverlake Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. He says about 700 kids take classes there including his 6-year-old daughter Sunny, who is learning piano.
Flea’s older daughter, 23-year-old Clara, is already an accomplished photographer. She did the photo booklet for their latest album, “I’m With You” and even joins the band on the road when she can. They already have tour dates booked around the country and the world into November.
“The truth is … I feel like we're just scratching the surface of what we're capable of,” Flea said. “I'm really excited about making a new record after doing this (tour) because I think we're really gelling as a band.”