It set a record for the most people watching ever. This year’s Super Bowl had 111.5 million viewers watching. Incredibly, there were actually more than that watching during the Half Time Show It’s said it could have been up to 115 million.
I watched it and thought that Bruno Mars was great. People who were on the field for the performance are saying that the biggest cheer of all was for the Chili’s when they showed up (maybe it’s time they headline it? Just a thought).
Watch the performance below
Pretty good huh? But there’s just one thing. Did you notice it? (I didn’t until it was pointed out to me). The Chili Peppers didn’t plug their instruments in.
Here’s an even closer look
What about Josh?……
As you can see. There is no mic cord or even a wireless pack. Just nothing. Flea actually tweeted about it last night:
No official statement has been released by the RHCP’s or the people behind the Super Bowl. So the question is why? They didn’t use wireless packs as with all the radio frequencies there it might not have been possible. As well it was outside and in the cold it’s rather tough to keep guitars in tune. The stage also comes together very quickly. So sound can be a major problem. All these things can factor in.
So best we take it as what it was. A good show that at least we know the jumping was real.
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Flea released a statement about the miming that happened at the Super Bowl
For the actual performance, Josh, Chad, and I were playing along with the pre recorded track so there was no need to plug in our guitars, so we did not. Could we have plugged them in and avoided bumming people out who have expressed disappointment that the instrumental track was pre recorded? Of course easily we could have and this would be a non-issue. We thought it better to not pretend. It seemed like the realest thing to do in the circumstance. It was like making a music video in front of a gazillion people, except with live vocals, and only one chance to rock it. Our only thought was to bring the spirit of who we are to the people.
I am grateful to the NFL for having us. And I am grateful to Bruno, who is a super talented young man for inviting us to be a part of his gig. I would do it all the same way again.
We, as a band, aspire to grow as musicians and songwriters, and to continue to play our guts out live onstage for anyone who wants to get their brains blown out.