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Red Hot Chili Peppers Not Live At Halftime Show?

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 02: Flea, Chad Smith, Anthony Kiedis and Josh Klinghoffer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers perform during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 02: Flea, Chad Smith, Anthony Kiedis and Josh Klinghoffer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers perform during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images

A scandal concerning at the Super Bowl was recently unveiled. And it concerns the halftime show, which featured Bruno Mars. Despite receiving overwhelming critical acclaim, and even being the most watched halftime show in history (beating out Madonna and Beyoncé) controversy has occurred, over the fact the Red Hot Chili Peppers not been playing live due to the guitars not being plugged in.

The alleged fact was pointed out via social media, where reports poured on bassist Michael “Flea” Balzary and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, and the last of cords on their guitars while performing their hit “Give It Away”. Although it was perhaps unnoticeable during the broadcast to some, there were photo evidence that proved the alleged fact. Many other celebrities took to Twitter including Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid, who tweeted “That guitar is plugged into NOTHING”.

In response to this controversy, Balzary took to responding on Twitter saying “No Trickery. No choice, but no trickery.” Some publications including Entertainment Magazine asked whether or not did it matter, and it seems the reaction is mixed. This of course is not the first time, any kind of controversy had surrounded performances at the Super Bowl. Other scandals includes Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” and Beyoncé caught lip-synching the national anthem.