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Would you "Bass Sync" for a superbowl halftime performance?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by gzarate85, Feb 5, 2014.

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  1. gzarate85

    gzarate85 Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2009
    Houston, TX
    There's been some talk about how RHCP played with their instruments unplugged, essentially miming their performance with the exception of vocals during the superbowl halftime show.

    Let's hear your thoughts. Personally, I would totally fake bass it in a venue of that magnitude!! Although, I might consider plugging in just for the "realness" factor.

    I can definitely appreciate Flea not wanting to plug in to make a statement; actually I thought is was pretty funny.
  2. I heard about this too, but didn't see any clear pics. Is it possible Bruno Mars's bass player was doing the duties?

  3. evermelon


    Apr 20, 2010
    Phoenix, AZ
  4. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Vocals were the only thing that were live. All other instruments were prerecorded.
  5. Doctor J

    Doctor J

    Dec 23, 2005
    I'd bass sync for a cheese sandwich and a mug of tea. What's the problem with miming to something you've recorded?
  6. gzarate85

    gzarate85 Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2009
    Houston, TX
    Thanks SRVLIVES.

    Lol, I searched for similar threads last night and didn't see this one. Guess I should have checked again this morning. Ha!
  7. I've been waiting since Sunday night for someone to start a thread on this topic. Thank you!
  8. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    LOL! So wouldn't everyone else here, whether they're willing to admit it or not.

    As far as I know, miming with instruments at the Superbowl is a matter of practicality. It's extremely difficult to have instruments played live and sound good under circumstances like that.
  9. eddododo


    Apr 7, 2010
    Ill just put it this way: flea has absolutely nothing to prove.

    I'm not a fanboy, I'm not even particularly a huge fan , but flea is a bad dude, and as much as their pop doesn't do it for me, RHCP is an epic band with alot of talent, a versatile discography, and one of the longest runs of relevance in the industry, all while playing music that the grungy funky kid in all.of us can dig
  10. Doctor J

    Doctor J

    Dec 23, 2005
    Exactly. The lads jumped around and put on a show, a performance if you will, to a bunch of sports fans watching their TV, drinking beer and waiting for the second half. I fail to see the humanitarian disaster it appears has unfolded.
  11. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    Back in 1989 I was in a band that got signed to a major label etc. etc., and the first Record Release Party that the suits booked us for was as part of a multi-act function in this gigantic venue that held 8-10,000 people where they gave each act basically 10 minutes onstage with no set/strike time. They basically told us "you'll lip-sync to your studio tracks."

    We decided if we were going to be lip-syncing there was no way in hell we would even pretend to be actually playing...so to make it really overt, we each constructed cardboard models of our instruments. Went onstage brandishing these flimsy cardboard cutouts that looked like nursery school art projects, danced around for two songs, LOLs were had. In hindsight, perhaps the single most embarassing moment in my professional career

    ...but I'd do it again in a heartbeat for a SuperBowl show.
  12. Fully w/you except for the *relevance* bit...
    Aside from that, I would do it. Still waiting for the call :)
  13. pedroims


    Dec 19, 2007
    It is the SuperBowl ''show''...you are not there to play music, neither the fans went to stadium to listen to your music. You are there to be part of the show, kind of a clown, but it is good for your business, commonly know as band, so yeah I would do it.
  14. gzarate85

    gzarate85 Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2009
    Houston, TX
    Lol! Flea talks about a similar moment. Here's a statement from Flea for those who haven't seen it.


  15. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Has any band ever played live instruments at a Superbowl halftime show? I recall seeing ZZTopp a few years back, and it was incredibly obvious that they were miming their instruments. Talk about a band that has nothing to prove. And no one cared.

    How is this even a surprise? Soul Train, Top of the Pops... many, even most tv performances years back were not only mimed, but lipsynched.
  16. smperry

    smperry Administrator Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    Endorsing Artist: Martin Keith Guitars
    I'm closing this because this is not a Basses thread and because there are already threads on this (in Miscellaneous, Bassists, Live Sound...).

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