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The Red Hot Chili Peppers had 'no choice' but to run tracks at the Super Bowl

After multiple sites pointed out that Josh Klinghoffer and Flea's guitars weren't even plugged in during their halftime performance during Super Bowl XLVIII, many were quick to lob jabs at the Red Hot Chili Peppers, not the least of which being Consequence of Sound. The noted rock trolls went on to say the Peppers 'ruined' Bruno Mars' halftime show. Well, I got to wondering...why on earth would one of the world's greatest bassists run tracks, on a song they've been performing live for over 20 years?

Well, my cousin and noted badass @cjhelmreich posed the following question to Flea: 

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Flea quickly responded...leaving little doubt that the choice to mime to backing tracks was not theirs:

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From the faked drum solo at the beginning, to forcing the Chili Peppers to play second fiddle to newcomer Bruno Mars, to having some of the most talented musicians of our time mime their parts just reinforces what a joke the Super Bowl halftime show has become. While the vocals did indeed sound live, it begs the question, why even fake it? Still, much love to Flea and Josh for removing any doubt we had about what a sham this truly is.

What a shame.