Chili Pepper Hurt By Cave's Opinion
Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea was devastated to read a bad review of the band's latest album STADIUM ARCADIUM - because he discovered his idol Nick Cave dislikes the group's music. The guitarist, real name MICHAEL BALZARY, was reading British newspaper The Guardian's review of the disc, which included the anecdote, "Two years ago, when asked about current music, Nick Cave focused his ire on one band in particular. 'I'm forever near a stereo saying, "What the f**k is this garbage?"' he fumed. 'And the answer is always the Red Hot Chili Peppers.'" Writing on the band's official website, Flea says: "There was one review by an English newspaper where the guy really hated us and it was full of insults and descriptions about how terrible and worthless we are and how inane our music is. "The guy mentioned that Nick Cave really thought we were a s**tty band and printed a quote that Nick Cave had said in that regard. For a second that hurt my feelings because I love Nick Cave. I have all of his records. "I don't care if Nick Cave hates my band because his music means everything to me because he is one of my favourite songwriters and singers and musicians of all time and I love all the incarnations of the BAD SEEDS. "But it only hurt my feelings for a second because my love is bigger than all that s**t and if he thinks my band is lame that's OK."