February 4, 2014 9:13 pm -

If you noticed the instruments weren’t plugged in, you are correct.

The 51-year-old bassist issued an open letter to fans on the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ official website, admitting that he pretended play bass during his band’s hit song “Give it Away.” He added that the NFL made it “clear to us that the vocals would be live, but the bass, drums and guitar would be pre-recorded.”…

The speculation that Flea had faked his bass playing began when Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid tweeted his suspicions.

“That guitar is plugged into NOTHING,” he tweeted soon after Flea and his bandmates took the stage.


D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.