Speculation has been swirling since the Super Bowl that part of the halftime show was faked, and now it has been confirmed. The New York Daily News reports that Flea, the bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, said in a statement posted to the band’s website that band members faked their performances during the show.
The speculation that Flea had faked his performance began after Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid tweeted that he was suspicious, writing, “That guitar is plugged into NOTHING,” the story reports.
On the band’s website, Flea wrote, “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.”
He added, “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 also wrote: “We recorded a track for the day, just banged one out from our hearts that was very like in spirit to the versions we have been playing live the last few years with our beloved Josh [Klinghoffer] on guitar.”