On Tuesday afternoon, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea admitted that the band did not play live at the Super Bowl. In a post on the band's website, the bassist explained their reasoning.
Prior to that admission, Guns N' Roses front-man Axl Rose weighed in. He wrote a sarcastic letter that Billboard published. In the letter, Rose noted what many others saw, that the Chili Peppers' instruments were not plugged in. Rose had a sarcastic take on the issue:
"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!"
Rose added, "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!"
After hearing Flea's admission, Rose followed up his letter with a sarcastic tweet:
Oh well, so much for science! But hey, they still got that karaoke thing going for 'em! Awesome! They're (cont) http://t.co/sH544GkCgY— Axl Rose (@axlrose) February 5, 2014