Los Angeles, California – Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Michael Peter Balzary aka Flea rocked the house in the pregame program before a sold out crowd at the Pauley Pavilion for the NCAA game between the UCLA Bruins and nationally ranked #1 Arizona Wildcats. The 51-year-old Australian put his raw bass guitar skills on display showing people just why the Red Hot Chili Peppers have sold over 80 million records and own a spot in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. He was on hand to play the national anthem.
Flea started off the number modestly enough but upped the tempo as the melody went on. By the end of the nearly two-minute performance, the crowd was revved up. Admittedly, the performance was heavy on entertainment and light on patriotism. It turns out that his appearance was likely the highlight of the event.
The Bruins nearly “declawed” the #1 Wildcats, but in the end fell short with the final score of 79-75. The Wildcats now have a 16-0 undefeated record which is their best start in 82 years. In fact, President Hoover was deep into the Great Depression the last time the Wildcats went undefeated this long into a season.