Flea has admitted that he and his band Red Hot Chili Peppers faked playing live at Sunday’s Super Bowl halftime show.
The bassist explained via an open letter on the band’s website that they had to do it because the NFL didn’t want to mess up the sound quality of the performance, given the little time they had to set up everything.
When we were asked by the NFL and Bruno [Mars] 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.
He further explained that it was a tough decision for them because they usually refuse to mime. But in the Super Bowl case, ‘it was a surreal-like, once in a life time crazy thing to do and we would just have fun and do it.’
According to him, he and his pals actually played every note of the pre-recorded track but since there was not going to be any sound, they decided not to plug in their guitars.