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New Mini Wireless system?: Chili Peppers Play Live at the Super Bowl?

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by VitalSigns, Feb 3, 2014.

  1. VitalSigns


    May 8, 2011
    Central NY
    I was pretty pumped about RHCP playing the halftime show. But After watching it and looking at some pictures I'm starting to think.. Did they actually play live? The vocals were for sure live, but the instrumentals were much louder than the vocals. To shorten this up, none of the instruments looked plugged in.

    Here's some close ups of Flea where you can see there's nothing going into the input jack. http://www.buzzfeed.com/h2/twpp/pepsi/12-of-the-best-flea-faces-from-the-halftime-show

    Crossing my fingers for some kind of nano wireless system that I don't know about :(
  2. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    He has so much juice the notes just jump to the amp.
  3. I've seen a few threads about this on various forums. You could see the wireless of Bruno Mars' bass player, but for Flea not so much.
  4. VitalSigns


    May 8, 2011
    Central NY
    You can tell I haven't been on TalkBass in forever because I just tried to 'like' those posts... :rollno:

    But yeah, I did notice that you could see Bruno's band's wireless but not anyones from RHCP.
  5. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
    There's a right angle cable going from the jack to the back of the bass.
  6. Ha! I do that all the time . . .:bag:

    Pulled this from a friends FB page ...

  7. Deano Destructo

    Deano Destructo Music Man/Upton addict. Hasn't slept since 1979.

    Dec 10, 2000
    Seattle, WA.
    The fact that they (the Chili Peppers) may not have actually been playing live doesn't really bother me. There's virtually no way to sound check 2 bands in that size of an outdoor venue within 5 minutes before they start playing & have it sound that well. I don't care who's running sound.

    See the below article from when Springsteen played a few years back-

    I'm not sure Bruno's bass player was "playing live" either. Although, at least his bass was plugged in. :rollno:
    Dancing with that much choreographed exuberance (and jumping around) on stage would be a real feat to do so and never miss a single note.
  8. modulusman

    modulusman Banned

    Jan 18, 2004
    Yet they do it all the time.:) Check out some of Brunos live clips on you tube.
  9. Deano Destructo

    Deano Destructo Music Man/Upton addict. Hasn't slept since 1979.

    Dec 10, 2000
    Seattle, WA.
    I'm not saying it's impossible, mind you. Just that if so that fella has got some serious chops then! :eek:
  10. braud357

    braud357 Supporting Member

    Jul 1, 2010
    Gonzales, LA
    Neither group played live, but I would appreciate it if they at least ATTEMPT to give the appearance of a "live" performance !
  11. NicJimBass

    NicJimBass Is this thing on!? Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Lancaster, OH
    64 Audio · DR Strings · Source Audio · Hipshot
    It is possible, and he does have serious chops!!
  12. Ukiah Bass

    Ukiah Bass Supporting Member

    May 10, 2006
    You had a pretty good clue the Peppers were fakin' it when they all did those jackknife whiplash contortions while playing smooth runs. Nobody could do that except Bruno Mars.
  13. Yep ...all of his thousands of shows live, Flea is known for standing around still while he is playing actually plugged in!!.:eyebrow:
  14. eddododo


    Apr 7, 2010
    I get the feeling flea may have been having a little fun with it , the old 'oh you want me to fake it, do ya?' And left his wireless prop unplugged
  15. +1

    What Muse did was even better!
  16. tekhedd

    tekhedd Tone chaser

    Feb 9, 2009
    Colorado, USA
    Owner/operator of BYTE HEAVEN
    Considering the rest of the show came out of a can, they probably didn't have a choice. Not that it matters much either way, RHCP could probably do that song with no monitors at this point.

    You never know, he might have a built-in. Still wouldn't be using it.
  17. barebones

    barebones Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2005
    Denver, CO
    Bruno's bass player is capable of playing his parts live, but there were a couple of moments where his fingers didn't quite seem to be plucking the notes at the exact moment I was hearing them, and there were some hand position changes that didn't seem to have corresponding changes in tone or attack. I also noticed a time or two when Bruno pulled the mic away from his mouth and there was no corresponding volume drop.

    Of course, I could be wrong. I'd had a couple of drinks at that point.

    I think the norm for the Super Bowl is prerecorded tracks, with the performers playing and singing along, and then the engineers may punch between the live elements and the recorded elements as they feel necessary. The emphasis is more on choreography than musicianship.

    The only performer in recent memory that I didn't think was syncing anything was Prince, but I could be wrong about that, too.

    At any rate, all these cats at least showed up. More than I can say for my beloved Broncos.

  18. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Canned tracks whenever possible. It's a known quantity and simplifies production when you're faced with running 4-5 acts across a stage within a 15 minute time span.

    Now, if the RHCPs had come onstage doing their "sockman" routine, I would have awarded them the Lombardi trophy.

  19. modulusman

    modulusman Banned

    Jan 18, 2004
    The bass player is Jamereo Artis. I remember him from the TV show making the band with P Diddy. He was like 20 years old and beat out every other bassists to win a spot in Puff Daddies band.