Scoop: Chili Pepper bassist Flea jams with Koko the gorilla

Red Hot Chili Pepper bassist Flea had some quality time with Koko the gorilla over the weekend. (Courtesy Instagram)

Ordinarily, nothing could be more of a nuisance to a hairy gorilla than a flea, unless of course that Flea is the bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

According to People, Flea posted numerous pictures of his interaction with the famous sign-language-speaking gorilla, Koko, over the weekend on Instagram.

Koko rocks a flea bass like it ain't nuthin

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In a video posted on YouTube, Flea can be heard saying, “This is just the greatest thing that could happen,” while Koko strums along on Flea’s bass.

Koko was reportedly just as excited to see Flea, according to the Gorilla Foundation.

“One of Koko’s favorite musicians, Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers came to visit,” the foundation posted on their website. “Koko was thrilled by the mellow sounds and a jamming session followed with Koko strumming on Flea’s base!”

Although Koko has sign language down, the foundation says she knows over a thousand signs and nearly 2,000 words, she could maybe learn a few tips from Flea on strumming that bass.

But with plans for future collaborations between the two, according to the foundation, that could happen and Koko could be soon scratching that bass-playing itch. Way to go, Flea!

Boy band producer dies

Lou Pearlman, the storied boy band producer who launched the careers of several notable bands such as *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys, has dies in prison at age 62, according to the Daily News.

Pearlman was in prison for fraud, money laundering and conspiracy, and his death has left many members of some of the bands he helped create with mixed feelings, the Daily News reports.

*NSYNC’s Justin Timberlake kept his message simple when he tweeted, “I hope he found some peace, God bless and RIP, Lou Pearlman,” while Lance Bass thanked him for getting his career started.

“Word is that #LouPearlman has passed away, He might not have been a stand-up businessman, but I wouldn’t be doing what I love today w/out his influence. RIP Lou,” he tweeted.

Jacob Underwood, of O Town, another of Perlman’s bands, tweeted, ““Hard to describe what I’m feeling, He was always nice to me, even when he was stealing from me. RIP.”

Prince’s pills mislabeled

The pills seized from Prince’s house after his death in April were labeled as hydrocodone but were actually a much more powerful opioid called fentanyl, BBC News reports.

It was revealed by autopsy in June that Prince had died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl.

According to the Associated Press, Prince had no prescriptions for controlled substances as the time.

Quick takes

Competitive eater Joey Chestnut swallowed the competition on Sunday in San Jose at the second annual Chacho’s Taco Festival by downing 79 tacos in less than eight minutes. He didn’t break a record though, that belongs to another local competitive eater, Matt Stonie, who holds a record of eating 103 tacos in less than eight minutes.

Happy birthday!

“The Late Late Show” host James Corden is 38. … Keyboardist Bo Koster of My Morning Jacket is 42. … Comedian Kristen Wiig is 43. … Celebrity chef Giada DeLaurentiis is 46. … Guitarist Gary Lee Conner of Screaming Trees is 54. … Guitarist Vernon Reid of Living Colour is 58. … Correspondent Steve Kroft (“60 Minutes”) is 71. … Actress Valerie Harper is 77.

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