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    Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:55:42

    RHCP's Flea Talks to Larry King About His Memoir, His Film, His Upbringing & More - Watch the clip!

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    Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Michael "Flea" Balzary sat down with Larry King on the host's own Larry King Now to talk about his new film Low Down and why it's so near and dear to his heart. Plus, the host and musician chatted RHCP, performing naked and Flea's upcoming memoir.

    As for the film? It is based on jazz pianist Joe Albany's life, with Flea saying, "His little girl grew up and wrote a memoir about her dad and the movie is based on her memoir." He loved the script and related, since it seems that they had similar childhoods.

    Flea also spoke about his capacity for performing in the buff, which he has done many times throughout the band's 32-year career, saying, "We were playing Woodstock, and if you were ever going to take off your clothes at any gig, it would be Woodstock."

    Can't argue that!

    As for his "insectual" nickname, he said, "I've always been kind of a spastic, jumping around, feral type of young man."

    Flea opened up about his childhood, as well, saying, "I was kind of a rough kid. I was on the street, I was getting in trouble, I was doing petty crimes, I was on drugs. The one thing that kept me focused was the music programs in the public schools that I went to, it gave you a sense of self, a sense of discipline, something to work on."

    Music saves lives. Flea is proof.

    Watch the interview below.

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