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Red Hot Chili Peppers instruments unplugged: Flea admits to unplugged gig

Were the Red Hot Chili Peppers instruments unplugged during the Super Bowl halftime show? Apparently. On Feb. 4, TMZ reported that Flea was only pretending to play the bass during the groups performance of "Give it Away" with Bruno Mars on Sunday night -- and he admitted it!

Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Super Bowl
Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images

"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," reports TMZ.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers agreed to keep their instruments unplugged because they decided that performing during a Super Bowl halftime show was totally worth it. Some fans, however, are disappointed to learn that the music wasn't played live -- but the NFL has its rules and a halftime show isn't a typical "concert" so bands have to play by said rules.

Several people have expressed their feelings on the NFL's decision to keep RHCP's instruments on the DL and have them "fake play" to a track -- and most people think it's stupid. What do you make of it?

Should the Red Hot Chili Peppers have agreed to keep their instruments unplugged? Was the halftime show actually worth it or do you think that faking it ruined everything?

© Effie Orfanides 2014

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