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Bruno Mars/RHCP *POLL*- Play Syncing! Where Do You Stand

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by faulknersj, Feb 5, 2014.

  1. Yes; if it were up to me, I would have done the halftime show with my band!

    235 vote(s)
  2. No; I would have never 'play synced' regardless of the exposure etc...

    29 vote(s)
  1. I'm curious where we, as the TB community come down in this issue. I think a poll is the best way to really see how this issue really breaks down. Cheers!
  2. AaronVonRock


    Feb 22, 2013
    I think it's lame to lip sync and mime, but I would do it for that kind of exposure.

    Besides, RHCP have a good enough track record as a live act to get a pass on this one.

    I don't know anything about Bruno Mars, so I can't comment on him.
  3. lowfreq33


    Jan 27, 2010
    Endorsing Artist: Genz Benz Amplification
    It's par for the course at events like that. I'm surprised so many people seem to be unaware of that fact. I don't think faking it is acceptable at a proper concert that people have paid to see, but an event like the Super Bowl is essentially advertising.
  4. M0ses


    Sep 11, 2009
    Los Angeles
    A lot of events, most events, nearly all events, no. But the Superbowl? Come on. If anyone at all says no, I call bullsh**. It's the effing Superbowl.
  5. JacoLesFlea


    Jun 16, 2006
    The Red Hot Chili Peppers decided long ago they were never going to mime a live performance. The band made an exception for the NFL, it turns out.

    The group’s bassist, Flea, said in a letter to fans posted on the group’s website Tuesday that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members pretended to play along to a pre-taped track of “Give It Away” during the Super Bowl halftime show as Anthony Kiedis sang live. The request came from NFL officials who felt it was too difficult to pull off a completely live performance because of potential sound issues.

    The admission came after observers noted Flea and his bandmates weren’t plugged in while performing Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

    Flea wrote on the band’s website that the opportunity was too big for the lifelong football fans to turn down.
    You would think they would have atleast make it look legit by plugging in or atleast use wireless systems.
  6. El Spearo

    El Spearo

    Jun 12, 2012
    Wellington, NZ
    I think they made it more legit by making sure that people knew that it wasn't live, i.e. Not plugging their wireless transmitters. IMO, etc.
  7. trowaclown


    Feb 26, 2008
    FWIW even Yo-Yo Ma play synced for some White House event, as his cello wouldn't perform adequately in the freezing temperatures the outdoor performance would have subjected it to.

    I agree with El Spearo in that they treated it like a show by not plugging in, instead of trying to fake it by even pretending that it's real.
  8. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg Keyboards
    I would never do it and have no respect for musicians who do. If you can't play it live, don't do it at all. Otherwise, you are cheating the audience and opening yourself up to scrutiny every time you take the stage.
  9. RHCP performed on Aussie TV 'Countdown' in the late '80's. The show insisted they mime and as a protest they dressed in women's dresses from the Victorian era and were WOEFULLY out of sync. Soooo funny, I wish I could find it on YouTube.
  10. El Spearo

    El Spearo

    Jun 12, 2012
    Wellington, NZ
    funny thing is, they actually can play live...
  11. Considering most of the flack is coming from musicians, who are but a tiny fraction of the overall audience, and the past 30 years as an entertainer has taught me better than to give two craps about what most musicians have to say, I would have done it for the exposure, absolutely.

    The average mainstream audience member really doesn't have a clue, folks.

  12. wardak


    Dec 3, 2001
    Honolulu HI
    I wonder how many acts legitimately have refused to do the half-time show because of the sync'ing?

    Per the original question, I'm probably in the gray zone on this. Entertainment in general is a whole package thing for me. I'm usually time-limited, so I'd gauge this by what I'd spend time watching. I.e. Was I entertained during that time?

    I listen to music over and over. Actually being somewhere and seeing something played live is always great. Not a firm rule or anything, but live stuff is where I'd tend to spend time seeing something more than once.

    Seems like a lot of things have some portions of prepared or pre-recorded parts to it. Where do you draw the line on how live something was? Perhaps RHCP was 25% live? Pre-recorded backing tracks make sense to me, particularly if the artist is doing something significant as part of the live performance, or if it's simply not possible to assemble a full complement of whatever you need. Synth samples? I do enjoy using MIDI to help do stuff... I chalk it up to"art" in whatever form it comes. Some further out examples: Neil Peart's recent drum solos with the triggered parts, or something like Cirque du Soleil where the central "live" thing is not the music obviously.

  13. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Wow...I did not vote.
    I just watched a new BD of The Doors...rare footage of them playing, as Krieger/Densmore say: ...very "corny" TV programmes.
    On these shows, they are obviously playing to their pre-recorded track.
    Shebang? American Bandstand? Malibu U? Faking it...
    In fact, for Malibu U, Morrison did not show up & Krieger's brother was used with his back turned to the camera. WOW!

    Another show, Murray The K in New York, Morrison is "singing" while the other 3, sans instruments, are just standing there.

    I was aghast! This is The Doors?!?!

    Then I watched the Bonus material with Krieger/Densmore sayin' there were two ways to get your music out (back then): Radio &/or TV.
    So they were young & wanted their music out there...so they did what they were told & agreed to do these ultra-"corny" shows.
    (They did like Dick Clarke...a hip guy that knew music).

    Granted, RHCP are not in the same boat as those young Doors guys...

    I woulda voted "carrots" if that was an option.
  14. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    It's totally lame but I would absolutely do it for that kind of exposure. That's basically the entire point.

    The chance to play in front of 1 million+? Yes please.
  15. But the live music is what makes it amazing the performance is due to both if the md is feeling up tempo then so will the show be not the same every night
  16. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    I can't answer because nobody wants me to play a venue that large, so I'm really not in the situation.

    I would think about it, as I do regarding many things.
  17. For those of you who haven't read yet, Flea had this to say about the recent performance, on their website.
  18. A lot of people seem to have their panties in a wad about this. It's not like Flea & co. are lip-syncing night after night to suckers (see 'Britney in Vegas'). It's fifteen minutes of silliness in front of millions of people around the world. I'm not a big fan of RHCP, but I respect Flea for being honest (by both his comments and by not plugging in). Who among us has his head so far up his own backside that he wouldn't do it, if given the chance? I'm all for 'live music', but c'mon - would it really be 'better' to go out in a mad rush, with terrible sound and/or the potential for an amp to go out, or a string to break?

    Halftime acts are required to 'entertain' the masses, not appease purists or snobs. It's not a big deal. Get over it.
  19. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    OK...now I think I would do it 100%.
    But I would cut my strings off the bass just prior to going out there!
  20. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    A string can break by playing along.

    Potential for the amp to go out? How about the potential for the backing track to fail?