By now you’re probably aware the controversy surrounding the Red Hot Chili Peppers Super Bowl performance on Sunday. It’s not about their clothing (or lack thereof), it was the fact that bassist Flea and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer were not plugged into their amplifiers during their performance, making it clear that the band was playing to pre-recorded music, something that the RHCP have been against for a long time.
More than likely diehard fans know this about their favorite group which spawned them to speak out about it via social media. One of the first artists to mention the incident was Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid who took to Twitter during the performance.
Guns N Roses frontman Axl Rose took more of a tongue-in-cheek approach to the mimed performance with a message he released.
“Maybe they all had microchips installed in their asses and not only pick up the frequencies of their instruments but get Direct TV and the internet too!” he writes. “Like Google Glass… Google Ass! They could be ‘Scientific Pioneers!’ Like Buzz Aldrin and shit! True (pardon the pun) ASS-tro-nots! Or like Superbowl crash test dummies for bands kinda like those cars that drive themselves!”
Flea explained the choice via the band’s website on Tuesday.
“There was not any room for argument on this, the NFL does not want to risk their show being botched by bad sound, period.”
“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,” he writes. “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.”
So remember the next time you see any act performing at the Super Bowl that all of the instruments are pre-recorded but the vocals are live. Of course, this didn’t affect the performers’ energy on stage as the band entertained the 115 million viewers who tuned into the Halftime Show with Bruno Mars.
Author: Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.