The longtime member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers didn’t have his bass guitar plugged in during their Super Bowl halftime performance, leading many to believe it wasn’t live. Now he’s taking to Twitter to tell his fans that he wasn’t trying to trick them.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers joined Bruno Mars on stage for the Feb. 2 Super Bowl halftime performance and it was epic. The band jumped around with Bruno and The Hooligans, putting on an impressive show. But now fans feel fooled after realizing Flea‘s guitar wasn’t plugged in, but he’s promising his loyal followers that it wasn’t done to deceive anyone.
Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea Reveals Why He Didn’t Play Live
Flea, 51, took to Twitter on Feb. 4 to address the backlash that he didn’t play live during the Super Bowl halftime performance.
No trickery. No choice, but no trickery
— Flea (@flea333) February 4, 2014
It’s understandable why fans would be upset because Flea put on such an impressive show but that doesn’t mean that the other members of the band weren’t live too! Everyone has to realize the immense amount of pressure on this quick performance and give them a break!
Red Hot Chili Peppers Called Out On Twitter
Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid, was one of the first to tweet that Flea wasn’t playing live, during the band’s performance of their hit “Give It Away.”
That guitar is plugged into NOTHING
— Vernon Reid (@vurnt22) February 3, 2014
It’s definitely a disappointment but does it truly matter?
HollywoodLifers, are you upset Flea didn’t play live?
— Chloe Melas