The Red Hot Chili Peppers ran into a problem in customs and had to pretend to be Metallica to get out of it. Bass player Flea posted a photo on Instagram about the incident (see below), showing himself signing his autograph on Metallica memorabilia.
Flea wrote in a message posted with the photo: “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 Fire’] with Metallica once. I love Metallica anyways but I’m no Robert Trujillo.”
Trujillo is Metallica’s bass player. The customs incident reportedly took place between Red Hot Chili Peppers concerts in Kiev, Ukraine, and Moscow.
Rolling Stone notes: “In Flea’s photo, the bassist clearly writes his name in the white margins below press pictures of Metallica. It’s unclear why the Belarus customs officials thought the Chili Peppers were Metallica — the heavy metal legends only have one tour date this summer, and it’s in Minnesota — or why the officials had so much Metallica memorabilia on hand to begin with.”