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Red Hot Chili Peppers mimed Super Bowl song, no word on Mars

By Chris Talbott

AP Music Writer

LAST UPDATED: 04:32 p.m. HST, Feb 05, 2014

The Red Hot Chili Peppers decided long ago they were never going to mime a live performance. The band made an exception for the NFL, it turns out.

The group's bassist, Flea, said in a letter to fans posted on the group's website Tuesday that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members pretended to play along to a pre-taped track of "Give It Away" during the Super Bowl halftime show as Anthony Kiedis sang live. The request came from NFL officials who felt it was too difficult to pull off a completely live performance because of potential sound issues.

The admission came after observers noted Flea and his bandmates weren't plugged in while performing Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Flea wrote on the band's website that the opportunity was too big for the lifelong football fans to turn down. After internal debate, dubiously checking with fellow musicians and consulting with headliner Bruno Mars, they decided it was "a surreal-like, once in a life time crazy thing to do and we would just have fun and do it."

The 51-year-old said the group pre-recorded a unique instrumental track for the show. He didn't directly address whether Mars also recorded instrumental tracks for his appearance, though he said Mars was aware they did. A publicist for Mars did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment.

A record 115 million people tuned into watch Mars and the Peppers, besting audiences of 114 million for Madonna and 110 million for Beyonce.

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juscasting wrote:
Villi Manilli wana bee's! LOL...Bruno Mars, dolla bets you did the same!
on February 5,2014 | 10:10AM
Mahalo wrote:
WHO Cares it was still them!
on February 5,2014 | 10:10AM
kauai wrote:
Of course it matters! These folks (Beyonce, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bruno Mars) are supposed to be PROFESSIONALS! If I go to a "live concert" venue, I expect LIVE performances and singing! If I want recorded music, I'll stay home and pop a CD into the sound system and listen to my heart's content in the comfort of my living room! The only exception I'll grant is to Jan & Dean's last concert so many years ago....
on February 5,2014 | 10:32AM
bumba wrote:
on February 5,2014 | 11:05AM
foliefolie wrote:
If Bruno was "pretending" to sing, he sure did a great job! But I don't think so.
on February 5,2014 | 11:59AM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Once again the Star-Advertiser gets it wrong. What the Red Hot Chili Peppers said on their website was that the drums, bass and guitar were prerecorded, but the vocals were live. So there was miming as the headline suggests.
on February 5,2014 | 12:06PM
username_required wrote:
"...as Anthony Kiedis sang live." According to the 9:04AM update. Byline says AP. You got it ALL wrong.
on February 5,2014 | 12:58PM
MakikiView wrote:
Fair criticism by HawaiiCheeseBall, though. The headline does say mime -- it's inaccurate and misleading.
on February 5,2014 | 10:19PM
TB4 wrote:
Only the guitar and bass player mimed. Not singers or drummers. Sheees, get the story straight.
on February 5,2014 | 01:13PM
BigOpu wrote:
They all do it at the Super Bowl. Every concert you go to has a level of lip syncing. There's no way they get consistant sound in the stadium...especially jumping around like they do. Not a big deal, still a good show.
on February 5,2014 | 03:20PM
lokela wrote:
I think Bruno was legit. Unless the NFL stepped in and had him perform the way they want.
on February 5,2014 | 03:39PM
honopic wrote:
So what if someof them mimed? At lest they showed up and entertained. That's more than the Broncos did!
on February 5,2014 | 09:06PM
WalkoffBalk wrote:
Give it away, give it away, now!
on February 5,2014 | 11:06PM
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