Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea says his daughter once used his Grammy as a garden shovel

Following this year’s Grammy Awards, which took place over the weekend, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea shared an anecdote about how he once misplaced his own only to find out his daughter had repurposed it as a gardening tool.

Flea won his first Grammy in 1993, taking home the gong for Best Hard Rock Performance for the Chili Peppers’ hit single “Give It Away.” His first child, daughter Clara Balzary, was five years old at the time and was obviously more interested in his awards than he was; In a new interview with LA radio station KROQ, Flea joked that while he was “grateful” to win his Grammy, it ended up being a toy for Clara.

“Grammys are great,” he said, “but after we won our first Grammy, about three years later, my mom said, ‘Michael, where’s your Grammy?’ and I said, ‘I don’t know, Mom, me put it somewhere.’

“Months after that, my gardener came out of the backyard, into the garden, and you know how the Grammy looks like an old record player with the horn on it? My daughter unscrewed it and used it as a shovel for the garden. It had been out there in the dirt all winter. It was in the dirt all winter and stuff.”

Flea went on to say that he’s “just not really an award-giver” and finds the albums themselves a lot more satisfying. Speaking of his typical release day celebrations, he said, “I usually take about six or seven hits of acid, get undressed, put lipstick all over my body, and run down the street screaming like crazy… It’s not really a celebration, actually Mach.” that every day.”

The band released their 12th album, Unlimited Love, last Friday through Warner. In a four-star rating of the record, NMEs Ali Shutler wrote, “’Unlimited Love’ has a lot going for it, both in scope and in ambition. It’s simultaneously familiar – without being boring – and fresh (but never at the expense of the band’s identity).”

In terms of sales, the album is currently on track to top this week’s UK chart, beating its closest competitor – Ed Sheeran’s “=” – by 8-1. If this continues through Friday (April 8), it will be Chili Pepper’s fifth UK number one album and the band’s first in over a decade – their last being 2011’s ‘I’m With You’..

At a surprise album launch show in LA last Friday (April 1) – which also featured John Frusciante playing guitar live with the band for the first time since 2007 – the Chili Peppers performed “Give It Away” with none other than him Parliamentary Funkadelic Leader George Clinton. The day before, Clinton – who produced the band’s second album, 1985’s Freaky Styley – appeared at the unveiling of the Chili Peppers’ star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

On the same night as their album’s release and accompanying launch show, the band performed on both Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. It was part of an April Fool’s joke, with Kimmel and Fallon swapping places and hosting each other’s shows as part of an elaborate prank.

On Saturday (April 2), drummer Chad Smith shared a poignant video in which he pays tribute to his late friend and colleague, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, who died last month at the age of 50.

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Caroline Bleakley

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