Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Axl Rose comments on Red Hot Chili Peppers Super Bowl controversy

Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose has written an op-ed piece for Billboard regarding the controversy over the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ mimed performance during the Super Bowl 48 halftime show in New Jersey on Sunday.

On Tuesday, Chili Peppers bassist Flea posted a lengthy explanation about the band’s decision to mime to their own backing tracks while frontman Anthony Kiedis sang live during their appearance with Bruno Mars.

The bassist said the band struggled with the NFL’s mandate to fake their performance but decided they would appear, anyway - read Flea’s full statement here.

To date, Bruno Mars has not issued a statement confirming/denying whether or not his band also mimed their Super Bowl performance, and the NFL has also not commented on the matter.

Produced by Ricky Kirshner and directed by Hamish Hamilton, the Super Bowl 48 halftime show drew a record 115.3 million viewers, passing the previous record of 114 million who watched Madonna perform two years earlier.

Here’s Axl Rose’s op-ed piece from Billboard, in its entirety:

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!


See also:

Red Hot Chili Peppers faked Super Bowl performance
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