Fans watching Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2 noticed that Red Hot Chili Peppers did not have their instruments plugged in during their halftime show appearance, prompting group member Flea to provide answers.
Photos following the group's Super Bowl appearance with Bruno Mars began surfacing online following the event, clearly showing that the group's guitars and drums were not properly plugged into. Flea, the group's bassist, took to the band's official blog to explain why they had to 'mime' part of their performance. The full statement can be read here.
"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 said.
"I understand the NFL's stance on this, given they only have a few minutes to set up the stage, there [are] 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," he continued. "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."
Red Hot Chili Peppers were included in Mars' set as a special guest performer. In addition to joining the group for the 1991 song "Give It Away," Mars performed the tracks "Locked Out of Heaven," "Treasure," "Runaway Baby" and "Just The Way You Are."