Critics have accused the Red Hot Chili Peppers of not performing live during the Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 3, but I still think they put on an amazing show either way!
From Beyonce to Britney, some of the world’s biggest pop stars have been criticized for not performing live — but has their lip syncing really made their performances any less entertaining? Some very observant Twitter users put a damper on the Red Hot Chili Peppers‘s Super Bowl performance when they noted that Flea‘s bass guitar wasn’t even plugged into anything. Obviously this isn’t the kind of “unplugged” performance the world wants to hear, but regardless, I was thrilled to see that the aging rockers still know how to put on a helluva show!
Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Super Bowl Halftime Performance — Great Even If Not Live
The band injected some red hot rock into Bruno Mars‘ halftime show with a jumping, shirtless rendition of their classic hit “Give It Away.” I’d be lying if I said it didn’t have me head banging along on my couch.
So when Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid called out Flea for not playing live by tweeting, “That guitar is plugged into NOTHING,” I can honestly say I didn’t give a hoot.
Sure, it would be nice if our favorite musicians could be “on” 24/7 and sound exactly like or better than their perfect studio recordings. And yes, it would be a far better world if Flea had not been playing the air guitar at the Super Bowl. But we can’t always get what we want, can we?
And if my consolation prize is to see Flea fake rock out with lead singer Anthony Kiedis and bandmates Chad Smith and Josh Klinghoffer, then I’ll happily take it on the other side.
Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Super Bowl Halftime Performance
Now, of course we cannot confirm whether or not the other members of the band were playing live — maybe Flea was feeling under the weather or something. But the famous bassist’s obvious gaffe was still pretty embarrassing, and many people were not about to let him get away unscathed.
— JOE BONAMASSA (@JBONAMASSA) February 3, 2014
But what matters to me is the spirit of the performance. Flea was still slapping his bass like he meant it — and whether he was shredding live didn’t seem to make much of a difference to the thousands upon thousands of screaming fans at the Meadowlands. For me, it’s all water under the bridge.
What did you think of RHCP’s performance, HollywoodLifers? Do you care whether or not Flea was playing live? Let us know in the comments!
— Tierney McAfee