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RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS — UNPLUGGED AT SUPER BOWL

February 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

It did not create the same sort of brouhaha that Beyoncé did when she lip-synced her performance at President Obama’s inauguration last year but it did set off a lot of tweets when viewers noticed that the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea didn’t have his guitar plugged in when the group joined Bruno Mars on stage during half-time at the Super Bowl on Sunday. It later turned out that only their vocalist was live — something that Flea himself acknowledged in a statement released on Tuesday. Oddly the statement began with the words, “The Red Hot Chili Peppers stance on any sort of miming has been that we will absolutely not do it. The last time we did it (or tried to) was in the late 80’s, we were thrown off of ‘The Top Of the Pops‘ television program in the U.K. during rehearsals because we refused to mime properly.” So what made them change their minds for the Super Bowl? Actually, Flea didn’t spell that out, except to suggest that they were under some sort of pressure from the show’s producers to do so. “We had given this a lot of thought before agreeing to do it, and besides many a long conversation amongst ourselves, I spoke with many musician friends for whom I have the utmost respect, and they all said they would do it if asked. … We decided that, with Anthony singing live, that we could still bring the spirit and freedom of what we do into the performance, and of course we played every note in the recording specially for the gig.” Flea dismissed the uproar over the miming, saying that if he had to make the choice today, “I would do it all the same way again.”