Flea played the national anthem at Kobe Bryant’s final game as a Los Angeles Laker, and many people wish he hadn’t.
The bass player for the Red Hot Chili Peppers plugged is axe in and did a Jimi Hendrix-y version of the Star Spangled Banner, complete with distortion and flashy fretwork.
Flea, a Lakers superfan for years, received loud applause at the stadium, but not so much on social media.
I couldn’t hear Flea over the sound of Francis Scott Key clawing at the lid of his casket
— Jerry Thornton (@jerrythornton1) April 14, 2016
Has the person who booked Flea for last night’s national anthem been fired yet?
— Drew Franklin (@DrewFranklinKSR) April 14, 2016
Others were not happy that Flea failed to remove his hat during the song.
Not a fan of this version of our national anthem. Take your hat off Mr. Flea.
— basketballisfamily (@coachdbball) April 14, 2016
Flea, for his part, thought he did a fine job, telling TMZ in a parking lot afterwards: “I rocked that s–t.”
The Red Hot Chili Peppers are touring and headlining the Coachella festival this year, so there will be multiple opportunities for an encore.