Fake it ’til you make it?
That’s usually the case if you’re an up and coming rock band, but when you’re the Red Hot Chili Peppers, faking it shouldn’t be in your repertoire. But as we all know, sh*t happens.
To avoid epic sound issues, the NFL was hesitant to allow the band to play completely live. When it came down to the wire, Red Hot decided it was best to play it safe and fake playing their instruments.
Their entire performance wasn’t simulated though. The band’s vocals were live, not pre-recorded.
Flea wrote a letter to their fans:
“…..For the actual performance, Josh, Chad, and I were playing along with the pre recorded track so there was no need to plug in our guitars, so we did not. Could we have plugged them in and avoided bumming people out who have expressed disappointment that the instrumental track was pre recorded? Of course easily we could have and this would be a non-issue. We thought it better to not pretend. 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.
I am grateful to the NFL for having us. And I am grateful to Bruno, who is a super talented young man for inviting us to be a part of his gig. I would do it all the same way again.
We, as a band, aspire to grow as musicians and songwriters, and to continue to play our guts out live onstage for anyone who wants to get their brains blown out.
SOURCE: RedHotChiliPeppers.com | PHOTO CREDIT: GettyImages