In a new conversation with his former bandmate’s YouTube podcast, Behemoth frontman Nergal has revealed how Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis inspired him to turn fans’ photo requests down.

The Polish musician Adam Darski, known as Nergal, came to prominence as the lead vocalist and frontman of the extreme metal band Behemoth. Performing in the entire Behemoth catalogue, Nergal released 11 studio albums, 2 live albums, 7 EPs, 3 demo albums, and many more things during his ongoing career with them.

On the other hand, Anthony Kiedis, who is one of the most outspoken persons in the rock and roll community, is known for being the lead vocalist and founding member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Released 11 studio albums with the band, Anthony Kiedis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the band in 2012.

During his recent appearance on the h23 podcast, Nergal has recalled one of his friend’s memories, which was related to his inspiration moment. According to his friend, Kiedis did not want to take a photo with him, although he asked in a super-polite way.

“My good friend, he was telling me some stories with some iconic people in L.A. And one of my absolutely favorite stories from his is,” Nergal recalls.

“He was just a kiddo waiting outside some shows, and he would just come across Ozzy Osbourne. And he’s telling me, ‘Man, Ozzy Osbourne was cool. He [let me] take a photo. And they were super friendly and cool.

“[He continues], ‘And then I ended up at this party and I see there’s fucking Anthony Kiedis standing in front of me, so I just approached him in the most polite way, and I just asked him’ – that is amazing; I love it – I just patted him on the back and he just turned towards me, and I just asked him in a super-polite way, ‘Anthony, would you mind if I take a photo with you?’ And he goes, like, [in an assertive way] ‘Absolutely not.'”

Nergal Admits Red Hot Chili Peppers Singer’s That Behavior Inspired Him To Reject Fans

Nergal has admitted that Anthony Kiedis‘ that behavior inspired him to turn fans’ photo requests down. Saying most people respected him when he rejected their requests, he added that he’s been happy to see their reactions.

“I can’t love it more than I do,” he continued. “I think it’s amazing. You know why? Because you actually…

“I mean, it’s cool if people do that [take pictures with fans]. I usually do that, but on many occasions, fans, they’re just all over you. They don’t know where the boundaries are; they don’t feel that.

“You’re in a restaurant having a date with a lady, and [they approach you excitedly], ‘Can we take a photo?’ ‘No.’ And somehow [the Kiedis story] inspired me to say ‘no’ in a very assertive but polite way.

“So I have no problems with saying, ‘I’m sorry. This is a private meeting. I’m having a date. Hopefully next time.’ And I’m happy to see their reactions, which, nine out of 10 [times], are, like, ‘I respect that. Sorry for disturbing. See you next time. Can I just shake your hand?’ ‘Of course you can.’

“And that is cool. And I developed that skill to say ‘no’ in a polite way because sometimes you must say no.”

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