Just when you thought the state of the music industry couldn’t get any more absurd, Flea confessed to miming the rock group’s Super Bowl performance to a pre-recorded track. According to flea, he “Understand[s] the NFL’s stance on this, given they only have a few minutes to set up the stage, there a zillion things that could go wrong and ruin the sound for the folks watching in the stadium and the [television] viewers. There was not any room for argument on this, the NFL does not want to risk their show being botched by bad sound, period,” He also insists the vocals were live. As for my personal stance, I think the entire thing is more than ridiculous. I realize it’s a huge event, but figure it the f*ck out. I don’t blame the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I blame America. The culture of music has become so used to pre-recorded perfection we’ve lowered our tolerance for mistakes. Watch below to see Flea play air guitar.