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Born Michael Peter Balzary in Mt. Waverly, Melbourne, Australia on Oct. 16, 1962, he was the son of Mick and Patricia Balzary, who relocated with their son to New York when he was five years old. They divorced shortly thereafter, and Flea's mother married jazz musician Walter Abdul Urban. Their home in New York and later Los Angeles became the site for jam sessions with other musicians, which led Flea to develop a fascination for jazz trumpet. Urban was also an alcoholic with violent tendencies, which made home a terrifying place for Flea. He soon turned to daily marijuana use as a means of coping with the stress. While attending Fairfax High School, Flea found himself on the outskirts of th...

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