Everyone has an opinion. But Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ bassist, Flea, isn’t listening to the vocal cries of support and disdain for his most recent performance.

When the hardcore Los Angeles Lakers fan Flea was given the privilege and honor of playing the “National Anthem” before Kobe Bryant‘s final game as a Laker, he probably wasn’t thinking about the fan reaction. But it came, it was swift, and it was, to put it mildly, mixed.

  • Flea’s rendition of the Francis Scott Key anthem was unorthodox, and a storm of social media opinions ensued. TMZ caught up with Flea over the weekend to see how he was holding up to the haters, and he said: “I don’t care man … I know that people who liked music liked it. I thought it was beautiful. I really don’t have any concern for little small minds that get frustrated when they get blown … I like big minds.”


  • The Red Hot Chili Peppers will perform at the Red Hot Benefit Comedy + Music Show Quinceanera in Los Angeles on April 29th. The event, held at the Shrine Auditorium, is a benefit led by drummer Chad Smith and comedian Will Ferrell. It has been rumored that the band will also make an announcement about their new album that day, which will be their 11th studio effort. Nigel Godrich will produce.


Watch Flea perform the “National Anthem”: