After photos spread of Flea’s unplugged bass during Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Super Bowl halftime show, the band has come clean, admitting the performance was pre-recorded.
In a message from Flea on the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ website, the bass player admits that the NFL forced the band to pre-record bass, drums and guitar.
“It was made clear to us that the vocals would be live, but the bass, drums, and guitar would be pre-recorded,” Flea writes in the post. “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.”
Flea goes on to say that the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ stance is to never mime a show, but the band couldn’t pass up playing the Super Bowl halftime show.
“The Red Hot Chili Peppers stance on any sort of miming has been that we will absolutely not do it,” Flea writes. “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.”
The band recorded the track that day, according to Flea’s post. He finishes the message to fans by saying, “I would do it all the same way again.”
Read the full message here.