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In Honor of ‘The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Super Bowl Debacle, The 5 Worst Fake Music Performances

For ages, the air guitar has been a staple technique for rock and roll fans, but who knew that it was actually a staple for the rock stars as well.

During the Super Bowl halftime show, Bruno Mars invited The Red Hot Chili Peppers to perform on stage with him. The band played “Give It Away” and rocked out to their instruments like no one else, Flea and Josh strummed until their strings almost popped and Chad banged the drums until his arms nearly fell off.

Everyone went crazy and jumped around to the classic tune in their living rooms (you know you did), but then pictures of the event hit the web. After sans and the media took closer look at the photos, they noticed that there were no sound wires connected to the either the bass or the guitar of the band. WHAT?!

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After rumors and claims circulated on social media and on publications, Flea, bassist for the band broke it down in a letter posted on the band’s site.

“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,” he said. “I understand the NFL’s stance on this, given they only have a few minutes to set up the stage … 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,” he added. “So, when this Super Bowl gig concept came up, there was a lot of confusion amongst us … 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.”

So basically everyone should get over it because the band members, who are now in their early 50s (except for Josh Klinghoffer who is 34), at least looked fantastic and are rocking out with the same energy that they did 30 years ago. Not to mention, that there are other live performances in musical history that we should actually be complaining about, as a matter of fact here are five of the worst. Enjoy!

5. Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey is no stranger to lip-syncing controversies, but her 2008 Good Morning America set reached a whole different level of bad.  During the performance of her single “Touch My Body” the singer might have been distracted by the hunks in the front of the stage because she completely misses the beginning of the song and has to turn her face back in order to catch up.

4. Ashlee Simpson

Let’s take it back to 2004 to one of the funniest incidents in lip-syncing history, ironically enough, it happened right on SNL.  Ashlee Simpson was supposed to perform her single “Pieces Of Me,” one the show but before even getting a chance to breath, the track goes off and the band and her band are left standing dumbfounded on stage. Luckily, the young singer pulled it together and gave the crowd an unexpected performance … with her feet.

3. Patti LaBelle

You want to complain about Super Bowl performances? Take a look at this 1995 Disney disaster only made worst by Patti LaBelle. It was already bad enough that Disney tried to make the show into a remake of Indi Jones, but then LaBelle gets on stage and forgets to start with the music after every break. Thankfully Tony Bennett was a bit better at pretending to sing than LaBelle.

2. Selena Gomez

At the 2013 Jingle Ball fans got to see another side of sweet Selena. Before starting her hit single “Come and Get It” the singer’s inner ear piece was not working so she tried to angrily hand signal the people taking care of sound, but all to no avail. Before starting the song she pulls out the piece and attempts to do the show without it, which didn’t work too well. Selena could be clearly seen lip-syncing throughout the whole show, and she got so frustrated that when the lights went off after one of her songs she loudly says: “What the fuck!” Best of all is that her microphone was still on so even people in the back heard it and of course went to social media with it.

1. Milli Vanilli

And finally, the fathers of lip-syncing. Whenever we think of fake performances this 80s duo comes to mind because not only did they fool everyone into thinking they were real singers, they had the worst down fall of them all. During a 1989 live MTV performance, they were performing “Girl You Know It’s True,” when the track began to skip over and over. They freaked out, ran off stage and that was pretty much it for their fake singing career.

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