TMZ

Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

Flea

Yeah, I Faked it At the Super Bowl

2/4/2014 3:13 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

020414_flea_superbowl_launch
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."

0204_super_bowl_half_time_warp_footer

80 COMMENTS

No Avatar
1.

VoiceOfReason    

Lead Guitar player????? How many packets of smack are in the TMZ offices???

261 days ago
2.

Brian    

This is dumb. Why even have live performances? If they sing live the music should be live too. Super Bowl halftime shows just aren't worth watching anymore. They're all about fancy production. Why does anyone care about that?

261 days ago
3.

the truth    

if you were really rock and roll you would have stopped in the middle and showed everybody what Bull**** it really is

261 days ago
4.

TheRealMe    

They only have about ten minutes to set up for the half time show, so no surprise there. I have no problem with them faking the instruments. We all know they are awesome musicians.

261 days ago
5.

RJ    

It's BASS...damn, is there no editor there?

261 days ago
6.

mick    

So I guess we know that Bruno's musicians were also faking it :/

261 days ago
7.

Kassie    

TMZ are a bunch of dumb as ses. He is the bass player. Josh Klinghoffer is the lead guitarist. Sorry, would rather watch two minutes of them pretending to play than watch two more minutes of the Bruno Mars snoozefest. The RHCP have been around since the 80s, it's because they are awesome musicians. Next year, have the Foo Fighters play, PLEASE.

261 days ago
8.

Kassie    

TMZ are a bunch of dumb as ses. He is the bass player. Josh Klinghoffer is the lead guitarist. Anyway, I would rather watch two minutes of the RHCP doing that then be subjected to more of the Bruno Mars snoozefest. How about the NFL actually let them play instead of mandating they use tracks. Next year, Foo Fighters, please.

261 days ago
9.

Pyegow    

RHCP have nothing to prove. Flea is arguably the greatest mainstream bassist that's ever been played on the radio!

261 days ago
10.

Brooke    

What's with the Super Bowl and rock and roll dinosaurs?

261 days ago
11.

GimmePrince    

We want Prince! We want Prince! :-D
This is how you do it. In the rain. Not faking. ;-)

http://youtu.be/mYzvM1tpFY4?t=5m48s

261 days ago
12.

BigSamStewart    

Not a big deal. The half time show is about being a spectacle, not a concert.

261 days ago
13.

Karmel    

And evidently...so was Denver

261 days ago
14.

manbearpig    

never really cared for the chili peppers. always felt they were very overrated.

261 days ago
15.

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.

260 days ago
| 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | Most Recent | Next 15 Comments

Around The Web