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Flea plea to fans: The NFL made us mime Super Bowl

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Bruno Mars was probably one of the biggest winners of the Super Bowl as the Grammy Award winner put on an excellent show, including a full drum solo to start.

But as eyes were turned with the inclusion of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the band are stealing the headlines again as keen observers pointed out that they weren't plugged in.

The 51-year-old bassist of the band, Flea, defended the performance claiming they were told by the NFL to 'track' the performance. Meaning that all of the instruments were recorded before hand and only the vocals were performed live.

Flea said on a statement on the bands website: "There was not any room for argument on this, the NFL does not want to risk their show being botched by bad sound, period... The Red Hot Chili Peppers stance on any sort of miming has been that we will absolutely not do it."

Indeed, the band were thrown off the UK music show Top of the Pops in the late 80s for refusing to do so, as was the practice of the show at the time

However he defended the decision to go ahead 'unplugged' stating: "We decided that, with Anthony singing live, that we could still bring the spirit and freedom of what we do into the performance, and of course we played every note in the recording specially for the gig."

There has been no comment yet on how much of Bruno Mars' backing band was also pre-recorded.

The biggest surprise out of all of this is the realisation that Flea is 51.

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