The Super Bowl Halftime Show Faked?

Last Sunday was the Super Bowl XLVIII. I don’t know much about football, but I do know that I love Super Bowl appetizers. And in between yelling things like “Come on! Get more points than the other team! Home run!” and stuffing my face with chicken wings, tostitos, mozza sticks and God knows what else (it’s all a blur), I was secretly just waiting for the halftime show. I’ve been a Chili Peppers fan since I was really young, and Blood Sugar Sex Magik is one of my favourite albums. So when I heard that Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers were performing, I was a bit put off by the combination, but was really looking forward to it nonetheless.

I’ve never been a huge Bruno Mars fan; his music’s not really my cup of tea. Except for “Locked Out of Heaven”. That song’s been on repeat for ages. But after watching the halftime show, I can confidently say I’m a Mars supporter. He put on such a great show, opening with that crazy drum solo, and kept me entertained for the rest of his three songs until Anthony Kiedis and the rest of the Chili Peppers hopped on stage. Anthony and Flea brought bucketloads of shirtless energy as they played the early classic “Give It Away”, and everyone was bouncing around on the stage like it was a trampoline.

It was an absolute blast to watch. The energy was overwhelming, the crowd was going nuts. The combination of the Chili Peppers and Bruno Mars was risky but paid off for the record-breaking 111.5 million viewers.

But wait, there’s a twist.

Apparently, The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ performance was pre-recorded during one of the rehearsals. Anthony Kiedis’ vocals were live, but the instrumental wasn’t. Bassist Flea and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer were playing along, but their guitars weren’t plugged in. Flea rationalizes it in a post he wrote on their website. Given the fact that they only have a few minutes to set up the stage, and that if they were playing live, there could have been countless things to go wrong and ruin the sound for everyone in the stadium and the millions watching on TV, a pre-recorded track seemed fair. The band’s stance on “miming” has always been that they’d never do it. So when the NHL approached them with the offer, they were hesitant, but Flea wrote, “…but we eventually decided, it was a surreal-like, once in a lifetime crazy thing to do and we would just have fun and do it.” They didn’t plug their instruments in on purpose. They didn’t feel the need to pretend. “It was like making a music video in front of a gazillion people, except with live vocals, and only one chance to rock it.”

A lot of people are outraged, and tons of articles with titles like “Red Hot Chili Peppers Betray Fans” are circling the internet. I think that’s bull, but that’s just me. What do you guys think? Do you think they did the right thing in faking the performance, or should we all boycott the Chili Peppers?

Here’s the full performance if you didn’t get a chance to see it.

And here’s the message from that crazy shirtless guy.


6 thoughts on “The Super Bowl Halftime Show Faked?”

  1. This is really interesting. I could understand if people were angry if the vocals were prerecorded, but what RHCP did was just playing it safe; everyone still got a great show with some level of authenticity because of the vocals… People are so critical, geez! Great post!

    1. Thanks, Jenna! Yeah I don’t get it. That’s how all the halftime shows are played. And they weren’t trying to trick anyone by leaving their instruments unplugged. They just wanted to rock out and have a blast for millions of people! They put on an amazing show.

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