Fans bite back after Flea plays Star Spangled Banner at Kobe Bryant’s last game

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.

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