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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.

jenlolo    

Beyonce faked it better lol at least he is honest and admits... In contrast with queen b(itch) anyway I still like this half time better than narcissit Beyonce burning her own figure like who cares... A pricey stripper

179 days ago
32.

Yurra Knutz    

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

178 days ago
33.

CRITICXTREME::    

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

178 days ago
34.

worldclass    

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

178 days ago
35.

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

178 days ago
36.

stringbender    

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

178 days ago
37.

Yurra Knutz    

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

178 days ago
38.

Robert I    

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

178 days ago
39.

boo boo    

Still sellin' out after all these years

178 days ago
40.

Ash    

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

178 days ago
41.

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.

178 days ago
42.

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!

178 days ago
43.

JuanRambo    

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

178 days ago
44.

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.

178 days ago
45.

Jermey    

what does Beyonce have to do with it?

178 days ago
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