Flea's house destroyed by Malibu fire


Flea isn't soured on living on Malibu, even though another house the Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist owns in the coastal enclave was among those destroyed in the weekend's wildfires, a spokeswoman said.

"Obviously he's very upset," said Gayle Fine, a spokeswoman for band manager Q Prime Inc.

Flea, whose real name is Michael Balzary, had been trying to sell the rental property, Fine said. He lives in another Malibu home farther north that was untouched by the flames, she said.

"I know he loves living there," she said.

A real estate listing advertised the destroyed four-bedroom home for $4.8 million and described it as a "private 2.4 acre compound" set "in a botanical paradise."

It was among 53 homes leveled by the blaze, which erupted Saturday.

Balzary, 45, is a founding member of the Chili Peppers, which released their first album in 1984.