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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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31.

Yurra Knutz    

Now if a symphony orchestra faked a live performance, now that would be news.

239 days ago
32.

CRITICXTREME::    

Damn shame that people with actual talent have to fake it.

239 days ago
33.

worldclass    

None of the instruments were live why single flea out because he's the honest one?

239 days ago
34.

The Zombie    

Flea responded with what I consider to be a more than acceptable explanation on the RHCP website.

http://redhotchilipeppers.com/news/454-a-message-from-flea

239 days ago
35.

stringbender    

Wait a minute.... I don't care about this guy but where was Randy Rhodes during the show?

239 days ago
36.

Yurra Knutz    

Ever have an amp or mic cord short out or a string pop while on stage?
Hey, it happens.

239 days ago
37.

Robert I    

Give back your money. You interrupted the great Bruno Mars performance as well.

239 days ago
38.

boo boo    

Still sellin' out after all these years

239 days ago
39.

Ash    

Just another example of how great a piece of **** america is...
the lies, the illegal wars, the covers ups...

239 days ago
40.

renae    

So if the RHCPs weren't "allowed " to play live, were any of the instruments playing live? Why would Bruno Mars band be able to play live and RHCP not be able to play live? I guess its common place and has probably been that way for decades now.

238 days ago
41.

billybob    

Super Bowl halftime shows are nothing more than a single soulless commercial. I wouldn't wonder if they even stop the fake 'performances' with a commercial brake every 3 minutes or so. So Ridiculous!

238 days ago
42.

JuanRambo    

Worst Super Bowl Game & 2nd Worst Halftime Show Behind Beyonce's...

238 days ago
43.

Vote2012    

I thought I was watching the Cavemen from the GEICO commercial, they were out of place on that stage, and they sounded really bad. Whoever decided to put these old washed up clowns on stage should be fired.

238 days ago
44.

Jermey    

what does Beyonce have to do with it?

238 days ago
45.

Marsh    

TMZ is a joke. Check your sources, aka Flea. Pressured by NFL to have live sound with no problems, they agreed after long deliberation because its the SuperBowl. Sensationalism catered to the mob of the masses by TMZ. Enjoy changing no lives with your pointless news organization. Focusing on the celebrity life which no none of you are apart of and which helps no one achieve fulfillment. Wake up and realize you're selling your soul to the masses to keep them asleep. Enjoy your meaningless life.

Oh, and did you ever listen to their music? Check out their 1991 album for starters. Read the lyrics and comprehend what's really going down.

238 days ago
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