When we were asked by the NFL and Bruno to play our song Give It Away at the Super Bowl, it was made clear to us that the vocals would be live, but the bass, drums, and guitar would be pre-recorded. (…)
The Red Hot Chili Peppers stance on any sort of miming has been that we will absolutely not do it. The last time we did it (or tried to) was in the late 80’s, we were thrown off of ‘The Top Of the Pops’ television program in the U.K. during rehearsals because we refused to mime properly, I played bass with my shoe, John played guitar atop Anthony’s shoulders, and we basically had a wrestling match onstage, making a mockery of the idea that it was a real live performance. (…)
We take our music playing seriously, it is a sacred thing for us, and anyone who has ever seen us in concert (like the night before the Super Bowl at the Barclays Center), knows that we play from our heart, we improvise spontaneously, take musical risks, and sweat blood at every show. We have been on the road for 31 years doing it.
Nekem valamiért ez az utólagos magyarázkodás, illetve annak a kornak a példaként szerepeltetése, amikor még tényleg punkok voltak, eléggé kínos. Csalódott vagyok. Eleve nem is kellett volna elvállalniuk a dolgot, ha meg tényleg olyan szent dolog a zene nekik, mint ahogy Flea írja, akkor pláne nem így. A Red Hot Chili Peppers sajnos egy olyan giga-band, mint a Rolling Stones, rendes hipszter már nem lelkesedik értük nagyon régóta.