An Instagram post from Flea explains that he and the rest of the band had been asked for their autographs in a Belarus airport over the weekend, and they were happy to oblige. Interestingly, the customs officers didn't have any RHCP goods on hand, but rather promo photos and DVDs of Bay Area thrash vets Metallica. Rather than attempt a hasty, high-and-mighty Getaway, Flea still signed the mementos.
"We tried to explain to them that we weren't Metallica but they insisted that we sign anyway," he wrote, adding that the act felt it might be in their best interest to give their autographs regardless. "They had the power."
The bassist did note that he has performed on stage with Metallica, but it doesn't take much to realize that the likewise famous string-slapper is not of the same build or hairstyle as the metal band's Robert Trujillo. That said, both dudes have been known to lay down some, ahem, infectious grooves.
We were called into customs officials office at an airport in Belarus and they asked us to sign a bunch of Metallica cd's and photos. We tried to explain to them that we weren't Metallica but they insisted that we sign anyway. They had the power. Well I did play fight fire with with with Metallica once. I love Metallica anyways but I'm no Robert Trujillo.