So those catching the Red Hot Chili Peppers did not seem to be playing live during the Super Bowl Half-Time show were right. Sort of.
The mics were on but all the instruments were played to a backing tape.
Flea of the Chili Peppers released a statement. Here are some highlights:
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.
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.
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.
Diagnosis: They could have just ignored the rumors but wanted to address it quickly. Must have been frustrating for them to admit that.
Don't you love headlines. Most watched does not mean best but I can see the Twitterverse and Facebookers saying it is not the best. We are talking about most watched though....
111 Million viewers tuned into the Super Bowl. The most since 2011 when Madonna did the half-time show.
Bruno Mars was great. The Red hot Chili Peppers deserved to get their own half-time show in the future. They were robbed. The performance with Bruno and the Chili Peppers was great...but they both would have been amazing on their own OR have kept it under wraps they were to perform with Mars.-DocFB
Diagnosis: Congrats to Bruno. Showed more toughness out there than the Broncos...for sure!
The Red Hot Chili Peppers will be joining Bruno Mars for his performance during the Super Bowl Half-Time Show on February 2nd.
The Los Angeles Times broke the news Friday afternoon and Bruno will make the official announcement on Saturday during the Saints-Seahawks football game on Fox, the same network which is airing the Super Bowl.
We at DrFunkenberry.com can tell you there will be ONE more major name joining Bruno for his Super Bowl set but we have been sworn to secrecy.
Beyonce had a Destiny's Child reunion last year and Madonna recruited M.I.A., Nicki Minaj and LMFAO for her performance after years of one act doing it themselves with no other artists.-DocFB
Diagnosis: Bruno stated during the official announcement back in September that their would be surprise guests. We dig the Red Hot Chili Peppers but we felt Bruno was a strong enough performer to not be overloaded with other artists but we will let it play out before being critical.
The Silverlake Conservatory of Music announced today that its founder, Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Flea, and bandmate/front-man Anthony Kiedis will host a benefit for the school on Wednesday, October 30th in Silverlake, CA featuring special performances by Neil Young and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Proceeds from the evening will contribute to the Conservatory's goal of purchasing a permanent facility and expanding their scholarship program.
"Going into our 13th year of the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, flourishing with 700 students as a non-profit community music school, I could not be more grateful for all the people who have helped us out along the way," said founder Flea. "Having one of my favorite musicians Neil Young perform to help out the school is the greatest blessing! This is gonna be the funnest fundraiser ever! All of us working together, making L.A. a better city, and educating the kids! Yay!"
The local boys of the Red Hot Chili Peppers Anthony Keidis and Flea will be hosting an event to benefit the Silverlake Conservatory Of Music on October 16th. There will be special performances by the Chili Peppers and Rancid. It is also Flea's Birthday.
Flea is actually the founder of the SCOM. Here is the kicker; the event is going to be held at Flea's house!!!
The intimate evening will include special performances by Red Hot Chili Peppers and RANCID, dinner and a limited silent auction featuring support from President Bill Clinton, Chad Smith, Raymond Pettibon, Damien Hirst, Dana Louise Kirkpatrick, Tim Armstrong, John Varvatos, Maroon 5, Santa Maria Novella, Khiels, Fender, Marc Jacobs, Diane Von Furstenberg, Kelly Slater, Gagosian Gallery, Andy Summers, LnA Clothing, Supreme and Shepard Fairey among our auction supporters.
The donation amount to attend the event are $1500.00, and all in kind donations are fully tax deductible.
The Silverlake Conservatory of Music is still soliciting for auction contributions, gift bag items and sponsors.
For more information, please visit the official web site HERE!
This event sounds hot!-DocFB
To celebrate their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, The Red Hot Chili Peppers are releasing a digital copy only EP of classic covers on May 1st.
They will cover songs by previous inductees The Ramones, Iggy & The Stooges, Neil Young, The Beach Boys, David Bowie, and Dion & The Belmonts. The EP is entitled "We Salute You".
5 of the 6 tracks have never been available digitally before. "A Teenager In Love" was released as an international maxi-single; "Havana Affair" was released as a 7"-single and featured on the compilationWe're A Happy Family: A Tribute To The Ramones; "Search & Destroy" has only appeared on a now out-of-print maxi-CD, "I Get Around" was first played during Brian Wilson's 2005 MusiCares induction speech; and "Suffragette City" was previously only available as a B-side to the band's single "Aeroplane." "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere" was recorded live during Red Hot Chili Peppers' current tour supporting their album I'm With You. It will also be available via their website, RedHotChiliPeppers.com
Chris Rock inducted the Chili Peppers into the hall of Fame on April 14th in Cleveland and it will air on HBO in early May.
For the full track list, click the continue reading button;
The Red Hot Chili Peppers U.S. tour has been postponed.
The reason being that Anthony Kiedis had to have surgery on a foot injury.
The Chili Peppers announced that Anthony had several foot injuries and that he underwent surgery to remove a crushed sesamoid bone and also correct a detached flexor tendon in his foot.
Anthony is expected to make a full recovery and the U.S. tour will kick off in April.
For a full list of the new rescheduled tour dates, make sure to click the continue reading button to the right below.-DocFB