Flea: Chili Peppers’ instruments weren’t plugged in for Super Bowl show

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The bassist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers announced to fans on Tuesday that he and his band members only pretended to play along to a pre-taped track of “Give It Away” during the Super Bowl halftime show.

Anthony Kiedis sang live, but NFL officials felt the performance was too difficult to pull off completely live because of potential sound issues, Flea said.

The statement was posted to the band’s website and came after fans noticed he and his bandmates weren’t plugged in while performing Sunday.

“The Red Hot Chili Peppers stance on any sort of miming has been that we will absolutely not do it,” Flea wrote. “We take our music 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. We have been on the road for 31 years doing it.

“So, when this Super Bowl gig concept came up, there was a lot of confusion amongst us as whether or not we should do it, but we eventually decided, it was a surreal-like, once in a life time crazy thing to do and we would just have fun and do it.

“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,” he concluded.

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