RHCP Not Covering Led Zeppelin on Super Bowl: 'People in the Media Are So Gullible Sometimes'

"We will, however, be performing side one of Rush's '2112,'" Chad Smith adds.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith denied his recent comment about the band covering Led Zeppelin's "Dazed and Confused" at this year's Super Bowl, dubbing it an obvious joke.

As Smith explained KROQ (via Radio.com), the obvious catch lies in the fact that he stressed it was the tune's live rendition the band will cover, which easily reaches the 30-minute mark.

"People in the media are so gullible sometimes," Chad jokingly said. "We will, however, be performing side one of Rush's '2112.'"

The drummer continued, "Obviously I can't tell you what we're going to do, it would ruin the surprise. Come on, you gotta watch! It's gonna be great, Bruno Mars, we met them, his band are great people, today I'm going to rehearse with them outside in the beautiful weather here in New Jersey, it'll be a real spectacle, I'm looking forward to it."

Chad also revealed that the Chili Peppers were added to the Super Bowl bill by Mars' personal request. "We know of the Bruno Mars, but we're not homies," he noted. "This is what I know: the NFL said to Bruno, 'You can have a special guest, and choose whomever you like.' Bruno chose the Red Hot Chili Peppers because he's a big fan, unbeknownst to us. He called us and said 'Hey, would you guys be my guest at the halftime show, come and do a jam?' We said sure, sounds like fun."

So now we have a "2112" cover to look forward to! Do you think the guys have what it takes to deliver the Rush mastery?

73 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Luke-LikeICare
    "So now we have a "2112" cover to look forward to!" Or do we...
    JelloCrust
    "We will, however, be performing side one of Rush's '2112.'" "So now we have a "2112" cover to look forward to!" Spot on journalism there. That interview is filled with so much trolling.
    bonjidonk
    Something similar may have been said by others on previous articles, but my respect for Bruno Mars has increased knowing that not only is he a fan of Red Hot Chili Peppers, but he chose to perform with them over any and every pop act.
    NorCalLos
    That may be the story they told the Red Hots; but from another article I saw, it sounds like the producers are bringing in RHCP to appeal to an older demographic, you know...actual football fans.
    UncleBluck
    Exactly...listen to some Bruno Mars and then show me where the RHCP influence is.....he probably could not name even 1 of their songs....
    rocklee1431
    "We know of the Bruno Mars, but we're not homies." Sounds like an old person saying, "Yes, I've heard of the google."
    UniformRecon
    I'm still a little thrown off that Bruno Mars is doing the halftime show. "Alright, we need a top-of-the-notch halftime show. Something to compete with Prince, Paul McCartney, U2, and Michael Jackson. Who do football fans want to see?" "BRUNO MARS!" ^Who the Fuck was that guy who suggested that?
    Jmoarguitar
    It's not what about the football fans want, they'll watch the show regardless, it's about attracting others to watch. IMO Springsteen was the last good show, and Bruno Mars should be RHCP's special guest.
    jb_designs
    This is correct. The game is for the football fan, the halftime show and the commercials have become a draw for the frau. Simple economics.
    zalant
    It may be blasphemy, but I firmly believe that Bruno has the talent and pure charisma to step into the roll vacated by Michael Jackson upon his death. Like Michael, Bruno has been in show business since he was very young, performing with his family's band. He's a natural. Perhaps this Super Bowl gig will be just what he needs to take that next step upward. I'll be rooting for him!!
    Danjo's Guitar
    Well at least we can count on it being infinitely better than the Black Eyed Peas' half time show.
    jmarg25
    They've had Beyonce and Madonna the past two years, not that surprising to me.
    theclassicrock
    Wait. Does UG actually think that they're doing 2112?
    thebigredjj10
    I heard they were going to play side one of Thick as a Brick by Jethro Tull... Guess I've been misinformed. Good to hear that they will be playing a Rush classic instead!
    ibanez124
    2112? Will Ferrel? Does anybody else just appreciate the fact that Bruno Mars personally picked RHCP as his special guest?
    adamzam
    Real super bowl surprise... "WIll Farrell actually is Chad Smith!"
    Smigzy
    I know its coming... So let me be the first to make a comparison. Not only does he look exactly like Will Farrell. But his sense of humor is just as lame as well.
    HDI
    Oh my god. The Will Farrell jokes are so old. They're lame, I wish everybody would stop making those stupid jokes.
    pokagbamo
    How was it an obvious joke? They flat-out said they were going to cover a Zeppelin song.
    MattHessing
    Because they said they were going to cover a 30 minute song. That's pretty obviously a joke considering it's the superbowl half-time show.
    peachesenregali
    (20 minute song) And not a concept album...
    Brandon1993
    I didn't know he said Led Zeppelin I was a concept album.
    peachesenregali
    I thought he was referring to 2112, was he not? I have paid no attention to this until now. I'm British, what's a Superbowl?
    third(-)eye
    He was referring to Dazed, the 30-minute comment should have been the clue. Plus the guy he replied to was talking about Zeppelin.
    KingArthurHolly
    They probably just realized that if they did a 30 minute song they were going to get cut off "grammy style"
    Danjo's Guitar
    They never intended to do it in the first place. Chad didn't want to discuss what they're going to play, so he made a joke about playing a ~30 minute song in a set which will probably not be even 30 minutes long. Its no that hard to get.
    cwm1990
    dont joke about playing rush's 2112, your not good enough to even joke about playing rush's 2112. Doesnt matter how 'popular' you are. If there is a god, his name is niel pert.
    paulyg
    Hope they play some good old chili peppers stuff! I don't really get into their newer songs.
    Rimfrost
    "People in the media are so gullible sometimes" and then UG basically reports the news as if they are going to play 2112... My head hurts! (referring to the text under the headline at the front page.).
    crzywhiteboy
    ok seems like someone slipped up and said what he was not supposed to say and now is trying to cover it up. So im expecting a Zeppelin cover song.
    GrungeHippie26
    I would have never suspected that Bruno Mars requested them to play, that's actually really awesome.
    daheck1210
    You think the man is God, but you can't even be bothered to spell your god's name correctly...