Flea Explains Red Hot Chili Peppers' Super Bowl Performance
When keen-eyed viewers noticed that the Red Hot Chili Peppers instruments were not plugged in during their Super Bowl Halftime performance, some expressed disappointment.
Addressing fans' feelings, Flea took to the band's official website to explain the decision and assure audiences that they can and do still rock out live.
Sharing how it all went down, the bassist began, "When we were asked by the NFL and Bruno to play our song Give It Away at the Super Bowl, it was made clear to us that the vocals would be live, but the bass, drums, and guitar would be pre-recorded. 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 t.v. viewers. There was not any room for argument on this, the NFL does not want to risk their show being botched by bad sound, period."
After impressing that they were not a fan of miming and noting a couple of examples when they reluctantly decided to do so, he continued, "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, that it was a wild trippy thing to do, what the hell. Plus, we the RHCP all love football too and that played a big part in our decision. 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. I met and spoke with Bruno, who was a beautiful dude, a real talented musician, and we worked out something that seemed like it would be fun."
In conclusion, Flea insisted, "We, as a band, aspire to grow as musicians and songwriters, and to continue to play our guts out live onstage for anyone who wants to get their brains blown out."