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Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist, Flea, has made a startling revelation: he faked playing bass during their halftime performance at Super Bowl XLVIII when they took the stage with Bruno Mars.
In a message on his band’s website, Flea came clean about it and admitted the NFL had asked them to pre-record the bass, drums, and guitar portions of their song “Give It Away.”
Although he does admit the band struggled with their decision to do or not, he said they concluded it “was a surreal-like, once in a life time crazy thing to do and we would just have fun and do it.”
Flea also noted he understands the NFL’s reasoning behind pre-recording, writing. “There was not any room for argument on this, the NFL does not want to risk their show being botched by bad sound, period." The Red Hot Chili Peppers as a band, however, have a strict policy they "will absolutely not do it" due to failures in the past.
Flea got some criticism for leaving his guitar unplugged and he tried his best to explain. According to rollingstone.com, Flea said “For the actual performance, Josh, Chad, and I were playing along with the pre recorded track so there was no need to plug in our guitars, so we did not. Could we have plugged them in and avoided bumming people out who have expressed disappointment that the instrumental track was pre recorded? Of course easily we could have and this would be a non-issue,” he wrote.
“We thought it better to not pretend. It seemed like the realest thing to do in the circumstance. It was like making a music video in front of a gazillion people, except with live vocals, and only one chance to rock it. Our only thought was to bring the spirit of who we are to the people.”
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