As most people know by now, when the Red Hot Chili Peppers made their appearance at the Super Bowl’s halftime show to incongruously sing “Give it Away” in the middle of Bruno Mars’ set, they weren’t playing live. By the time the Seahawks finished embarrassing the Broncos, there were already people pointing out that Flea’s bass wasn’t plugged in during the performance. And although the Super Bowl halftime show hasn’t been live for years, people seemed particularly angry at the Peppers.
In fact, one of those people was Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose, who took to Twitter to mock the Peppers after penning an op-ed piece for Billboard. The key line from his semi-incomprehensible tweet said “they still got that karaoke thing going for em’!,” and he accused Flea of having a microchip in his ass in the Billboard missive is below:
In The Name Of Science
In regard to the internet’s “no wireless” controversy regarding the Red Hot Chili Peppers Superbowl performance as reported on ESPN…
I enjoyed the show and I’ve no idea what the real story is nor would I want to suggest or imply anyone wasn’t actually performing or that what they were playing wasn’t what we actually heard. That said I feel it’s important to always look on the positive side of things and to give the benefit of doubt.
So consider that maybe sometime before their actual performance that rather than use a guitar cord or standard wireless, that in the name of science and for all mankind Flea courageously had a newly invented breakthrough in microchip technology installed in his ass that picked up the frequencies of his bass and transmitted them to his amplifier.
Maybe they all had microchips installed in their asses and not only pick up the frequencies of their instruments but get Direct TV and the internet too! Like Google Glass… Google Ass! They could be “Scientific Pioneers!” Like Buzz Aldrin and shit! True (pardon the pun)ASS-tro-nots! Or like Superbowl crash test dummies for bands kinda like those cars that drive themselves!
And besides… If the band wasn’t really playing or wireless or whatever and Anthony was really singing they may have set a new world record for the largest karaoke audience ever! Awesome!
So relax and show some pride! This is probably all just Google finding new ways to enrich our lives with the selfless volunteering of the Peppers and the ever ongoing creative process of true innovation or perhaps a new lounge bar record of super magnificent proportions and a new pinnacle of human achievement not seen since the sign language guy in South Africa!
God Bless America, the Peppers n’ technology… PN’T!
More than anyone else, Axl Rose should know that a Super Bowl halftime show has a ton of moving parts. It’s a spectacle in the middle of a sports game. It would be like going to a rock concert and expecting to see a football game played in the middle of it. Flea wrote an open letter about the band’s decision to play, equating it to “making a music video in front of a gazillion people.” And anyone that claims that the artists are selling out by playing the Super Bowl, none of the artists get paid anything to perform, and never have. But the exposure of playing in front of a “gazillion” people is enough of a reward. We think that if the Peppers really wanted to make a statement, they should have done what Iron Maiden did when forced to lip sync “Wasted Years” on a German TV show.