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Axl Rose Mocks the Hell Out of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Super Bowl Half-Time Performance

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | February 5, 2014 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | February 5, 2014 |

It became obvious during the Super Bowl at some point that Flea — the bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers — didn’t actually have his bass connected to an amplifier. The day after the Super Bowl, Flea — who really didn’t have much of a choice — admitted as much, saying that the performance was basically pre-taped, per the request of the Super Bowl people. Here’s Flea, per Rolling Stone:

“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 wrote. “I understand the NFL’s stance on this, given they only have a few minutes to set up the stage, there a zillion things that could go wrong and ruin the sound for the folks watching in the stadium and the T.V. 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.”

OK, well, that’s weird. I mean, I get it — there’s 111 million people watching, and you don’t want to run the risk that Flea or Kiedis trips, falls down, and lets off a string of profanities. Or that Flea goes rogue. I would expect it of Bruno Mars, but it’s a little disappointing given who the Red Hot Chili Peppers are (and Flea assures us in that same piece that they never “mime” in actual concerts).

Anyway, Guns n’ Roses frontman, who has probably been sitting on his ass eating Little Debbie snacks for the most of the last 15 years, save for the massive failure that was Chinese Democracy, decided to weigh in on their performance. And it’s amusing. But it would be a lot more amusing if it came from someone who had experience with the Super Bowl halftime show, or someone who makes more than one album in two decades. In other words, coming from Axl Rose, it sounds kind of petty.

In The Name Of Science

In regard to the internet’s “no wireless” controversy regarding the Red Hot Chili Peppers Superbowl performance as reported on ESPN…

I enjoyed the show and I’ve no idea what the real story is nor would I want to suggest or imply anyone wasn’t actually performing or that what they were playing wasn’t what we actually heard. That said I feel it’s important to always look on the positive side of things and to give the benefit of doubt.

So consider that maybe sometime before their actual performance that rather than use a guitar cord or standard wireless, that in the name of science and for all mankind Flea courageously had a newly invented breakthrough in microchip technology installed in his ass that picked up the frequencies of his bass and transmitted them to his amplifier.

Maybe they all had microchips installed in their asses and not only pick up the frequencies of their instruments but get Direct TV and the internet too! Like Google Glass… Google Ass! They could be “Scientific Pioneers!” Like Buzz Aldrin and shit! True (pardon the pun) ASS-tro-nots! Or like Superbowl crash test dummies for bands kinda like those cars that drive themselves!
And besides… If the band wasn’t really playing or wireless or whatever and Anthony was really singing they may have set a new world record for the largest karaoke audience ever! Awesome!
So relax and show some pride! This is probably all just Google finding new ways to enrich our lives with the selfless volunteering of the Peppers and the ever ongoing creative process of true innovation or perhaps a new lounge bar record of super magnificent proportions and a new pinnacle of human achievement not seen since the sign language guy in South Africa!
God Bless America, the Peppers n’ technology… PN’T!


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