Red Hot Chili Peppers Mistaken for Metallica in Airport Customs Mix-Up

Flea and company are forced to sign merchandise for another band

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Red Hot Chili Peppers were the victims of mistaken identity over the weekend.

The group’s bass player Flea took to his Instagram account on Sunday to reveal that the group was called into customs in Belarus, only to be confused with their fellow music-makers Metallica.

“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,” the musician wrote. “We tried to explain to them that we weren’t Metallica but they insisted that we sign anyway. They had the power.”

The message was accompanied by a photo of Flea signing said merchandise.

The group, which released its latest album “The Getaway” in June, is currently making  the rounds on the the music-festival circuit in Europe.

Despite the perhaps humbling experience, Flea went on to express his admiration for that other group that the Chili Peppers were confused for.

“I love Metallica anyways but I’m no Robert Trujillo,” the musician wrote, referring to Metallica’s current bassist.