Flea: Chili Peppers Faked It at Super Bowl
But Flea has a pretty good reason why
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 5, 2014 2:06 AM CST
The Red Hot Chili Peppers perform during the halftime show of Super Bowl XLVIII.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

(Newser) – The Red Hot Chili Peppers weren't playing their instruments when they joined Bruno Mars for a Super Bowl halftime show watched by a record 115 million people, bassist Flea confirmed after photos surfaced on Vulture of him onstage with an unplugged guitar. In an open letter, he explains that the band has always been firmly against miming, but the NFL made it clear that the "vocals would be live, but the bass, drums and guitar would be pre-recorded"—and there was no room for negotiation, the Los Angeles Times reports.

"I understand the NFL's stance on this, given they only have a few minutes to set up the stage, there a zillion things that could go wrong and ruin the sound for the folks watching in the stadium and the TV viewers," Flea writes. The band gave it a lot of thought and "eventually decided, it was a surreal-like, once in a lifetime crazy thing to do and we would just have fun and do it," he writes, promising that in future, the band will "continue to play our guts out live onstage for anyone who wants to get their brains blown out."

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Fack You
Feb 6, 2014 5:03 AM CST
Should of made it really obvious they were not really playing.
Steven Diedesch
Feb 5, 2014 6:55 PM CST
This year's half-time scandal involves mimery for a legitimate reason. I'd say we're evolving.
Feb 5, 2014 3:28 PM CST
I suppose if they had been hell bent on preserving the illusion they certainly could have plugged patch cords into the guitars. Anyone who plays electric guitar knows that the signal doesn't reach the amplifier by magic. There's gonna be SOMETHING plugged into that thing even if it's a line to a transmitter.