In an open letter to fans, the Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea confirmed that he had only pretended to play bass during the Super Bowl halftime alongside Bruno Mars last weekend, revealing that the NFL told the band their instruments would be pre-recorded.
Fake It Till You Make It
The iconic rock band made an appearance during the Halftime Show on Sunday, February 2, for a duet of their hit song ‘Give It Away’ with ‘Locked Out of Heaven’ singer Bruno who headlined the performance. It didn’t take long for suspicions to arise, though, over Flea’s part in the set with guitar experts claiming he wasn’t playing the bass live.
With speculation and backlash mounting, the 51-year-old rocker finally addressed the scandal in an open letter posted on their website.
“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,” Flea wrote in a letter posted on their website.
“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 TV 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.”