On the bass player's charity EP

Patti Smith and Flea are set to collaborate on the bass player's upcoming charity EP.

Flea just can't sit still. Red Hot Chili Peppers have confirmed plans for a series of singles, while the bass player is still involved with Thom Yorke's ongoing Atoms For Peace project.

Now the bass player has outlined plans for a new charity EP. 'Helen Burns' is intended as a fundraiser for Silverlake Conservatory for Music - the music school Flea was pivotal in setting up back in 2001.

Writing on Twitter, Flea outlined his plans for the project. "I am putting out an EP I made by myself in a couple of days. It is obscure arty mostly instrumental music, except when Patti Smith sings," he wrote. "All proceeds from my Helen Burns EP will go towards the Silverlake Conservatory of Music".

'Helen Burns' will be available as a digital download, with Flea suggesting a 'pay what you like' model. "It will be available for download at any price you want to pay, it will be a donation to the Silverlake Conservatory of Music".

As a collector's item, Flea will also press 'Helen Burns' onto vinyl. Available in strictly limited quantities, the autographed release will also contain a piece of bass string.

"I recorded most of the EP when we finished our tour for 'Stadium Arcadium'. It is not RHCP music or even close to it. It is a trippy freakout" he explained.

Signing off, the ever buoyant bass player wrote: "On 'Helen Burns', I play trumpet, bass, synthesizers, drum machine, piano, and a bunch of other shit".

Patti Smith has, of course, been on majestic form of late. New album 'Banga' is a wonderful return, finding the songwriter tapping into some remarkable areas.

Out now, here's a clip of Patti Smith discussing the album's gestation.


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