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RHCP Autographed Some Metallica Memorabilia In Belarus, Because Why Not

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The Red Hot Chili Peppers have been touring Europe in support of their latest album, The Getaway. But in Belarus, they are perhaps not as recognizable as they are in other parts of the world; at least, not among airport customs officials, who mistook the band for Metallica.

In a post on his Instagram, bassist/noted bee enthusiast Flea 'fessed up to signing Metallica merch for the airport employees, even after attempts to explain to the workers that they were not, in fact, Metallica, but the effin Chilis, man.

Flea writes:

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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.

We particularly like the all-caps aplomb with which Flea has scrawled his name on the merch.

In May, the Chilis canceled their appearance at KROQ's annual Weenie Roast after Anthony Kiedis was hospitalized for extreme stomach pains. Perhaps he was feeling some indigestion from Berning so hard.

[h/t the Associated Press]

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