La espera fue larga y el domingo dos de febrero llegó y todos aquellos gustosos del fútbol americano estuvieron al pendiente del Super Bowl.
Sin embargo algunas personas no les importa tanto el juego y se enfocan en quien va a tocar al medio tiempo, y esto me tendría despreocupado, salvo por el detalle que los Red Hot Chili Peppers iban a estar presentes acompañando a Bruno Mars.
Cuando se anunció esto realmente me pareció que seria una combinación extraña y a la hora de ver el resultado fue un poco decepcionante, no por el desempeño de Bruno Mars, sino por la combinación de ambos géneros a la hora de salir al escenario.
La estrella era Bruno Mars y después de una mezcla de sus más grandes hits, los Peppers salieron cantando Give It Away, aquél éxito del disco Blood Sugar Sex Magik prendió a los presentes por algunos minutos. Para desgracia su participación terminó ahí y el show siguió con una canción bastante tranquila.
La crítica no se dejó esperar, pues como han de recordar el factor "playback" es muy usado en este tipo de presentaciones y para aclarar los dimes y diretes el bajista de los Red Hot Chili Peppers, Flea, explicó en un su sitio oficial los motivos que tuvieron para usar playback.
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. I understand the NFL's stance on this, given they only have a few minutes to set up the stage, there a zillion things that could go wrong and ruin the sound for the folks watching in the stadium and the t.v. viewers. 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. 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 mimed on one or two weird MTV shows before that and it always was a drag. 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.
So, when this Super Bowl gig concept came up, there was a lot of confusion amongst us as whether or not we should do it, but we eventually decided, it was a surreal-like, once in a life time crazy thing to do and we would just have fun and do it. We had given this a lot of thought before agreeing to do it, and besides many a long conversation amongst ourselves, I spoke with many musician friends for whom I have the utmost respect, and they all said they would do it if asked, that it was a wild trippy thing to do, what the hell. Plus, we the RHCP all love football too and that played a big part in our decision. 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. I met and spoke with Bruno, who was a beautiful dude, a real talented musician, and we worked out something that seemed like it would be fun.
We recorded a track for the day, just banged one out from our hearts that was very like in spirit to the versions we have been playing live the last few years with our beloved Josh on guitar.
For the actual performance, Josh, Chad, and I were playing along with the pre recorded track so there was no need to plug in our guitars, so we did not. Could we have plugged them in and avoided bumming people out who have expressed disappointment that the instrumental track was pre recorded? Of course easily we could have and this would be a non-issue. We thought it better to not pretend. It seemed like the realest thing to do in the circumstance. It was like making a music video in front of a gazillion people, except with live vocals, and only one chance to rock it. Our only thought was to bring the spirit of who we are to the people.
I am grateful to the NFL for having us. And I am grateful to Bruno, who is a super talented young man for inviting us to be a part of his gig. I would do it all the same way again.
We, as a band, aspire to grow as musicians and songwriters, and to continue to play our guts out live onstage for anyone who wants to get their brains blown out.
En su comunicado menciona que la música fue grabada para el evento y que las voces si fueron en vivo y el motivo para acceder a hacer esto obedece a que en un evento de poca duración los organizadores buscan la forma de optimizar los tiempos.
Como fan tengo sentimientos encontrados, pero al final estoy consiente que en este tipo de eventos donde el tiempo apremia es muy común que los artistas hagan playback. He visto a los Red Hot Chili Peppers en varias ocasiones y se que es una banda muy activa en el escenario, que tocan, improvisan y buscan la forma de hacer cada show único.
Y ustedes, ¿Qué opinan del espectáculo del medio tiempo del Super Bowl? ¿Será que vi otro show o mi fanatismo me cegó? No olviden comentar
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