It’s the figer-synching story that keeps on giving. Flea has responded to critics who called the Red Hot Chili Pepper out for pretending to play their instruments to a pre-recorded track at the most-watched TV event this past Super Bowl Sunday. Singer Anthony Kiedis sang live, but the rest of the band played pretend. In a lengthy open letter to fans this week, Flea said when they were asked by the NFL to perform they were told that vocals would be live, but the bass, drums and guitar would be pre-recorded, and he understands the NFL’s stance on the deal because there are only a few minutes of set up time and, quote, “a zillion things … could go wrong and ruin the sound for folks watching in the stadium and the t.v. viewers.” Flea also addresses criticism that the band said they wouldn’t ever do that type of thing, but then pointed to several other instances where the band had done it before, in a way mocking the entire concept. Watch a Chili Peppers “performance” from 1989 here:
As for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play the Super Bowl, Flea said they wanted to just have fund and do it. As for why not plugging in the instruments, Flea said “we thought it better not pretend.” But you did pretend. Just sayin’.
Auctioning the set
Amid the controversy of Red Hot Chili Peppers miming their set at the Super Bowl Sunday, the band and the NFL is set to auction off the drum set that Chad Smith was behind. The set featured logos from all the NFL teams with two bass drums: one bearing the Seattle Seahawks logo, the other the Denver Broncos logo. The money raised from the auction will be sent to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Not only are they auctioning off the drum set, they’re also auctioning several pairs of sticks Smith used in rehearsal and on TV. The microphones you saw connected to the set won’t come with the deal, ‘cuz they weren’t plugged in anyway!
In their continued rise, In This Moment have revealed that the band is ready to hit the studio for a new album. Guitarist Chris Howorth told Billboard that the band has a bunch of different ideas and they’re ready to head in and try to replicate the magic from their most recent attempt Blood. In This Moment recently signed with Atlantic records, which is a huge deal for any band. There could be a new single out sometime this summer with the album to drop this fall.
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