Many headlines have been occupied by bassist Flea's admission that the Red Hot Chili Peppers played to a pre-recorded music track at this year's Super Bowl halftime show -- so many, that Axl Rose felt compelled to weigh in on the issue and offer a novel possible explanation and defense of the Peppers.
In an open letter published at Billboard.com, the Guns N' Roses singer says he "enjoy[ed] the show and...would[n't] want to suggest or imply anyone wasn't actually performing or that what they were playing wasn't actually what we heard."
Reminding readers that "I feel it's important to always look on the positive side of things and to give the benefit of doubt," Rose offers the following explanation: "Maybe sometime before their actual performance...rather than use a guitar cord or standard wireless, that in the name of science and for all mankind Flea courageously had a newly invented breakthrough in microchip technology installed in his ass that picked up the frequencies of his bass and transmitted them to his amplifier."
He continues, "Maybe they all had microchips installed in their asses and not only pick up the frequencies of their instruments but get Direct TV and the internet too! Like Google Glass... Google Ass! They could be 'Scientific Pioneers!' Like Buzz Aldrin! And besides... If the band wasn't really playing or wireless or whatever and [frontman] Anthony [Kiedis] was really singing they may have set a new world record for the largest karaoke audience ever! Awesome!"
Karaoke or not, this year's Super Bowl halftime performance set a record for largest audience ever, with 115.3 million viewers.
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