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Red Hot Chili Peppers instruments unplugged: Unplugged instruments spark outrage

Red Hot Chili Peppers instruments unplugged during Super Bowl.
Red Hot Chili Peppers instruments unplugged during Super Bowl.
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Red Hot Chili Peppers instruments were unplugged during their Super Bowl performance with Bruno Mars, The Guardian reported on Feb. 4.

According to the report, fans noticed that the band’s guitars were not plugged in to anything during the big halftime show, and immediately took to social network to call out the music icons.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers instruments being unplugged sparked outrage by fans, but they had a reason for their faked musical sound. “It was made clear to us that the vocals would be live, but the bass, drums, and guitar would be pre-recorded,” Flea said in a long detailed statement via the band’s website.

“We recorded a track for the day, just banged one out from our hearts that was very like in spirit to the versions we have been playing live the last few years with our beloved Josh on guitar. For the actual performance, Josh, Chad, and I were playing along with the prerecorded track so there was no need to plug in our guitars, so we did not. Could we have plugged them in and avoided bumming people out who have expressed disappointment that the instrumental track was prerecorded? Of course easily we could have and this would be a non-issue,” Flea added.

What do you think about the Red Hot Chili Peppers instruments not being plugged in during their Super Bowl performance? Were you surprised?