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This is the third episode in our four episode run on the podcast with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, celebrating their new album, Unlimited Love.

Today you’ll hear a very special conversation between Rick Rubin and Flea. Flea’s one of the most iconic bass players of all time and, along with singer Anthony Kiedis, one of the all time great musical ambassadors of Los Angeles.

On the podcast, Flea talks with Rick on today’s episode about how he “rock-starred” his way into USC recently to study music theory. He remembers tearfully telling John Frusciante how much he missed playing with him, and why he reverts back to his 15 year-old self whenever he argues with Anthony.

Make sure to check out next week’s episode with the one and only Chad Smith!

Hear a playlist of all of our favorite Red Hot Chili Peppers songs HERE. And check out our favorite songs featuring Flea HERE.

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