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    Mon, 11 Jul 2016 11:42:08

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    During their tour of Russian cities Red Hot Chili Peppers were mistaken for fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Metallica by Belarus customs officials.

    According to Flea's Instagram account the band were at a Belarus airport between Kiev, Ukraine and Moscow, when they were called into the customs office. The Peppers were asked for their autographs, but were handed Metallica photos and memorabilia to sign.

    Then the Chili Peppers are touring Europe in support of their new album The Getaway, "We were called into customs officials office at an airport in Belarus and they asked us to sign a bunch of Metallica cd's and photos. We tried to explain to them that we weren't Metallica but they insisted that we sign anyway. They had the power. Well I did play fight fire with [fire] with Metallica once. I love Metallica anyways but I'm no Robert Trujillo."

    In Flea's photo, the bassist is seen scribbling his autograph in the margins of Metallica press shots. There's no explanation of why the Belarus customs officials, trained to check IDs and travel documents, thought the Chili Peppers were Metallica or why the officials had so much Metallica memorabilia on hand to begin with.

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    —The ARTISTdirect Staff
    07.11.16

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