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Red Hot Chili Peppers Respond to “Faking” Controversy During Super Bowl

Ok, the Super Bowl sucked this year but at least the Red Hot Chili Peppers rocked.


The half time show in this years Super Bowl was definitely the highlight of the game. Better than all the epic commercials and certainly better than Denvers “no-show” on the field.

I thought we got a pretty good show from the  Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Bruno Mars crew.  Then, I found out the whole thing was an act … they weren’t really playing. (Except the drummer.  Chad looked pretty busy back there.)  We know they can play so I don’t think there was any “faking” involved.  (Not with RHCP anyway, some of the others .. perhaps.)

Anyway, as you can see by the pics in the gallery, the guitars were clearly not plugged in. Knowing RHCP as I do, I’m gonna give them the benefit of the doubt and assume that the Super Bowl Super Lords demanded a pre – recorded show to fit time constraints and RHCP chose to subtly let us in it by going “unplugged“.  Flea himself tweeted:

“No trickery. No choice, but no trickery.”

UPDATE!!  In an article on their website, Flea said:

that usually the Peppers would not do “any sort of miming,” ever since they were thrown off the U.K. show Top of the Pops in the late Eighties because, as Flea wrote, “I played bass with my shoe.” He said that the times the group mimed songs for MTV “always was a drag” and that the group takes its playing seriously. “It is a sacred thing for us, and anyone who has ever seen us in concert (like the night before the Super Bowl at the Barclays Center), knows that we play from our heart, we improvise spontaneously, take musical risks, and sweat blood at every show.”

Read the whole statement here.

If they were faking it, could it be that Denver faked all their appearances leading up to the Super Bowl? That would explain a lot.

What do you think?

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