Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea shared a new photo of himself laying on the grave of his late RHCP bandmate and alternative rock legend Hillel Slovak.
“My thoughts will always be with my beloved brother. A painter, a musician, an intellectual, a hilarious and wild joker, and a lover of his friends. He asked me to start playing the bass, changing my life forever, and that’s only one of many ways he influenced my growth. ❤️❤️❤️ happy to be sitting by his grave on this sweet and mellow rainy day.”
Flea discussed Slovak in a 2012 Rolling Stone interview about RHCP’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.
“I never would’ve played bass if not for Hillel. I was a jazz trumpet player, and he said, ‘Dude! You should learn how to play bass and be in my band.’ Two weeks later, we were onstage at the Troubadour. Anthony, Hillel and I raised each other, and they schooled me on Zeppelin and Hendrix. Hillel really loved rock & roll. He lived for it, so going into the Hall would have been a dream. To share this moment with him in the spirit world is sad and tragic, but also beautiful.”