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Flea

Yeah, I Faked it At the Super Bowl

2/4/2014 3:13 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Flea
now admits he pulled a Beyonce at the Super Bowl ... pretending to play "Give It Away" when in fact it was an air guitar performance.

The legendary bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers says the NFL made it clear from the get-go -- the vocals would be live but the bass, drums and guitar would be pre-recorded.

Flea says it was super complicated to pull off the half-time show and the NFL didn't want to botch the spectacle with bad sound.

And Flea says they didn't initially jump at the chance to fake play at the game ... but ultimately decided "it was a surreal-like, once in a lifetime crazy thing to do and we would just have fun and do it."

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16.

Aarin    

Half live doesn't count .

Why pay a "celebrity" x-amount to pretend?
Might as well give a toddler a Poptart to fake play a guitar on stage insted.

170 days ago
17.

Catty    

I love Flea, always have and always will, and I agree next year, Foo Fighters would be awesome

170 days ago
18.

8======D    

Hate to tell you people but just about EVERY "live" performance you see on TV is prerecorded. Same goes for a lot of concerts. Because how would you ever tell? (unless, of course, the musicians aren't plugged in)

170 days ago
19.

Bill5martin    

At least he came out and admitted it. He didn't try to hide a thing & it wasn't his decision.

170 days ago
20.

StevenB    

What does it say about you when they don't trust you to play live for a just a couple of minutes but do trust Bruno Mars' band to play live for 20 minutes? Says a lot to me.

170 days ago
21.

Bypass    

Instruments, especially the strings on guitars can go severely out of tune very quickly in cold weather. It's near impossible to keep them in tune. That's why Yo-yo Ma faked his playing at Obama's inauguration. The weather.

170 days ago
22.

Scary    

I don't know why people care or are surprised -- logistically, they only have so many minutes to get the show out there and then get it back off the field. And, it's not like Flea can't actually play his instrument.

170 days ago
23.

Scary    

Also, there is such a thing as a wireless relay. But maybe for logistical reasons or weather they didn't go that route. It's not that big of a deal.

170 days ago
24.

Carl    

Too bad it was 2 minutes of RHCP and 10 of Bruno Mars. Would have preferred the other way around.

170 days ago
25.

Unbroken Chain    

Is Bruno Mars legally considered a Midget??

170 days ago
26.

CremeBrulee    

I don't really care about the fake, these things have to happen at a huge event like that, but I would have to say, RHCP...if you're gonna take your shirts off, don't do it in front of Bruno Mars or anyone else his age. The contrast was depressing.

170 days ago
27.

static    

Unprofessional sellouts go back to playing bathhouses .

170 days ago
28.

Pyegow    

That's exactly what they would have said about someone........in 1986.

170 days ago
29.

Pyegow    

Flea wrote that bass line, and played it live, i would say at least 1000 times. Beyoncé is just a singer. Anthony sang the song, with a live mic. Beyonce could have done the same thing. You can't compare the two!

170 days ago
30.

Jackie Fromm    

Bruno was fantastic and actually entertaining us all and really do not know why HCP even came out. Wasn't necessary at all. You would think that maybe they could have dressed up at least a little for the occasion. Even a football jersey would have been better then nothing. Just saying.

170 days ago
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