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Chili Peppers’ Super Bowl was pre-taped

The Red Hot Chili Peppers decided long ago they were never going to mime a live performance. The band made an exception for the NFL, it turns out.

The group’s bassist, Flea, said in a letter to fans posted on the group’s website Tuesday that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members pretended to play along to a pre-taped track of “Give It Away” during the Super Bowl halftime as Anthony Kiedis sang live. The request came from NFL officials who felt it was too difficult to pull off a completely live performance.

The admission came after observers noted Flea and his bandmates weren’t plugged in while performing.

Flea wrote on the band’s website that the opportunity was too big to turn down. It was “a surreal-like, once in a life time crazy thing to do and we would just have fun and do it.”

– Associated Press

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