Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has revealed that breaking his arm on a snowboarding trip led to a big change for his band’s new album.
“We were jetting down the mountain, going, like, 50 miles an hour, when I just wiped out,” Flea tells Rolling Stone of his trip to Montana with frontman Anthony Kiedis. “It was like, bam. My arm started swelling up right away. I broke my arm in five places. Big pieces of bone were shorn off.”
Flea suffered nerve damage and underwent major surgery that was followed by six months of rehabilitation. He also discovered a problem when it came to playing the bass.
“I went to play one note and a bunch of pain shot up my arm,” Flea recalls. “I tried to play the simplest things and my hand just wouldn’t do it. It felt like I let everyone down, because we couldn’t work on the record.”
The band used Flea’s period of recovery to reconsider plans for their next album. “We were starting to do the same things we’ve always done,” Flea says. “I knew what we were gonna do before we even did it.”
In the end, the Chili Peppers decided to work with Danger Mouse instead of their long-time producer Rick Rubin. The resulting album, The Getaway, will be released this Friday (June 17th).