Flea Address Red Hot Chili Pepper Unplugged Halftime Show


While most of the people who watched the Super Bowl halftime were in awe by how great Bruno Mars’ performance was and even more impressed by how a half of the Red Hot Chili Peppers were half naked in the cold, some noticed that the band’s instruments were not plugged in. After that, it was like a miniature version of “nipple-gate” all over again.

While it took two days for someone from the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ camp to respond, bassist Flea has come out finally to address why the band did not have their gear plugged in during their performance. In his message, he reveals that the instrument were in fact not plugged in and that the bass, drums and guitar were pre-recorded, but singing was all live.

The full statement, straight from the Chili Peppers’ site can be read here.

A Message From Flea

Dear everybody,

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.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers stance on any sort of miming has been that we will absolutely not do it. The last time we did it (or tried to) was in the late 80’s, we were thrown off of ‘The Top Of the Pops’ television program in the U.K. during rehearsals because we refused to mime properly, I played bass with my shoe, John played guitar atop Anthony’s shoulders, and we basically had a wrestling match onstage, making a mockery of the idea that it was a real live performance.

We mimed on one or two weird MTV shows before that and it always was a drag. 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 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.

We recorded a track for the day, just banged one out from our hearts that was very like in spirit to the versions we have been playing live the last few years with our beloved Josh on guitar.

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. Could we have plugged them in and avoided bumming people out who have expressed disappointment that the instrumental track was pre recorded? Of course easily we could have and this would be a non-issue. We thought it better to not pretend. It seemed like the realest thing to do in the circumstance. It was like making a music video in front of a gazillion people, except with live vocals, and only one chance to rock it. Our only thought was to bring the spirit of who we are to the people.

I am grateful to the NFL for having us. And I am grateful to Bruno, who is a super talented young man for inviting us to be a part of his gig. I would do it all the same way again.

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.



Watch Bruno Mars’ Halftime Show

Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show

We’re you one of the few that didn’t watch the only entertaining thing about the Super Bowl last night? Don’t sweat it, we have Bruno Mars’ full performance right here which includes four of his songs and the Red Hot Chili Peppers performing one of their songs with Mars’ and his band’s assistance.

Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers to Cover Led Zeppelin


Surprised was probably how some fans felt when it was revealed that the Red Hot Chili Peppers would be taking the stage with Bruno Mars during this year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show. Some fans of the Hawaiian singer probably thought at first that the California-rockers were invading the singer’s special moment by announcing they would be performing as well.

Turned out that Mars had been the one to contact the Chili Peppers and invite them to perform with him during the iconic time period.

At the time, and even know, it is unknown what exactly is going to happen during that time slot, but if you take what Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith said in a recent interview, the performance is going to involved a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Daze and Confused.”

You can watch the interview featuring Smith thanks to Artisan News here.

Performing with Mars won’t be the only connection that the Chili Peppers will have with the Super Bowl this year; the “Californication” group will be involved in a series of concerts around New York during the weekend.

Watch the Muppets ‘Unboringfy’ Life


The Super Bowls are just as much about the actual football game as it is for the half-time performances and of course the commercials. In the past we have seen fantastic commercials for beer, chips, headphones, you name it during one of football’s biggest night.

With only two weeks before Super Bowl XLVIII take over the television screens of millions of people, we have been given a slight sneak peek of just one of the many commercials that will air that night. This sneak peek features the Muppets, yes the Muppets.

The Muppets have joined forces with Brooklyn Nine Nine actor, Terry Crew where out favorite Muppet gang teach him to ‘unboringfy’ his lifestyle, all while borrowing his Toyota Highlander.

Take a guess what the commercial is for.

Anyways, check out the video below and whatever you do, don’t let Animal drive.