My relationship with Flea is frighteningly functional these days. I enjoy his work ethic, conviction and commitment to what we do together. I think we’ll share this experience until the day we die. I think he forgave me for the book a long time ago.We’re not prone to holding onto grudges against each other for more than a month or two.”“Being a drug addict in recovery is actually a great place to be because you’re forced to be looking at the rancid layers of the onion that you’ve been carrying around for a lifetime.We wanted to tickle people’s ear tonsils with cosmic, psychedelic funk until they couldn’t stand it.And we believed we’d always be able to do that, as long as we didn’t kill ourselves in the process. This just works.”“People ask me if I regret being so honest in my book [Scar Tissue].Anthony Kiedis, 53, has been the lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers since he and the band’s bassist Flea formed the group in 1983.He has recorded 11 studio albums with the band and, alongside Flea, has remained the only permanent member of a group which has regularly shed guitarists – notably John Frusciante – and drummers throughout their evolution.
We were provocative, anti-establishment and didn’t see ourselves as ‘serious’ musicians, writing ‘serious’ songs for ‘serious’ listeners.
We didn’t ever really stop to think that, one-day we were anti-establishment and, the next, we were the establishment. I’d be much more worried if I hadn’t put myself out there. But I really didn’t write that book with the intention of publicising anyone else’s secrets but sometimes in the process it’s difficult to be completely protective about every person you’re writing about because you’re talking about mutual experiences.
I think it feels good to get it out, discard it and move on. I’d sort of been through most of that stuff before I wrote the book but, yeah, it didn’t hurt.”“Flea has never read the book, which is fine.
Although I never wanted to be like that, sometimes you end up that way anyway.
It takes a concerted effort to take a look at that and see if that’s really what you want. I think that kind of lifestyle ends up being quite lonely in the end.