Red Hot Chili Peppers Mimed At Super Bowl
The Red Hot Chili Peppers have admitted their guitars were not plugged in during the half-time show at the Super Bowl.
Frontman Anthony Kiedis sang live but the band just pretended to play as fans heard a pre-recorded track of Give It Away at a New Jersey stadium.
The course of action was requested by NFL officials, who decided it was too difficult to have a completely live performance because of potential sound problems.
Bassist Flea made the admission on the band's website and said the opportunity was too big for the stars, who are also football fans, to turn down.
They said they gave it a lot of thought and also got advice from fellow musicians including Bruno Mars, who sang with them during the half-time break.
Flea said: "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 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."
The 51-year-old's admission came after observers noted Flea and his bandmates were not plugged in while performing on Sunday.
He said the group pre-recorded an instrumental track for the show at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.
"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," he said.
A record 115 million people tuned into watch Mars and the Peppers, more than the 114 million for Madonna and 110 million for Beyonce.
In the game, the Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos 43-8.
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