Considering everything we saw during this years Super Bowl, (I'm allowed to say that right?) questioning the performance of Bruno mars and The Red hot Chili Peppers should be damn near the BOTTOM of the list. I mean sure, the game sucked, and the commercials have gotton worse every year. But talking about The Chili's NOT bringing their A game? COME ON!
have you not SEEN the crappy performances the last few years? MADONNA last year? Really?
There are VERY few bands that can still command an audience after THIRTY years like RHCP can. The fact that they kept their pants on during the set is worthy of a golf clap all by itself. But, here we are talking about the fact that their instruments were not plugged in. Lucky for us, Uncle FLEA has issued a statement about the whole thing to ease our troubled hearts.
I've taken the liberty of using my mad skillz with MS Paint to illustrate the event, as i don't want to get sued for using a pic.
So here's what Flea had to say about it.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers stance on any sort of miming has been that we will absolutely not do it. The last time we did it (or tried to) was in the late 80's, we were thrown off of 'The Top Of the Pops' television program in the U.K. during rehearsals because we refused to mime properly, I played bass with my shoe, John played guitar atop Anthony's shoulders, and we basically had a wrestling match onstage, making a mockery of the idea that it was a real live performance. We mimed on one or two weird MTV shows before that and it always was a drag. We take our music playing seriously, it is a sacred thing for us, and anyone who has ever seen us in concert (like the night before the Super Bowl at the Barclays Center), knows that we play from our heart, we improvise spontaneously, take musical risks, and sweat blood at every show. We have been on the road for 31 years doing it. So, when this Super Bowl gig concept came up, there was a lot of confusion amongst us as whether or not we should do it, 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. We had given this a lot of thought before agreeing to do it, and besides many a long conversation amongst ourselves, I spoke with many musician friends for whom I have the utmost respect, and they all said they would do it if asked, that it was a wild trippy thing to do, what the hell. Plus, we the RHCP all love football too and that played a big part in our decision. We decided that, with Anthony singing live, that we could still bring the spirit and freedom of what we do into the performance, and of course we played every note in the recording specially for the gig. I met and spoke with Bruno, who was a beautiful dude, a real talented musician, and we worked out something that seemed like it would be fun. We recorded a track for the day, just banged one out from our hearts that was very like in spirit to the versions we have been playing live the last few years with our beloved Josh on guitar. For the actual performance, Josh, Chad, and I were playing along with the pre recorded track so there was no need to plug in our guitars, so we did not. Could we have plugged them in and avoided bumming people out who have expressed disappointment that the instrumental track was pre recorded? Of course easily we could have and this would be a non-issue. We thought it better to not pretend. It seemed like the realest thing to do in the circumstance. It was like making a music video in front of a gazillion people, except with live vocals, and only one chance to rock it. Our only thought was to bring the spirit of who we are to the people. I am grateful to the NFL for having us. And I am grateful to Bruno, who is a super talented young man for inviting us to be a part of his gig. I would do it all the same way again. We, as a band, aspire to grow as musicians and songwriters, and to continue to play our guts out live onstage for anyone who wants to get their brains blown out. Sincerely, Flea
KXRK METRIC EVENT PLAN O ACTION:
THURSDAY MAY 31ST 2011
POPLAR STREET PUB
242 South 200 West Salt Lake City, UT 8410
5:00: METRIC arrives / Sound Check (front room must be clear during soundcheck)
5:30ish: Doors open to guests
6:30: Meet & Greet (for 10 LUCKY X96 listeners)
7:00: METRIC out the door
In the early 2000’s when Rock Was Back and every band in the world seemed to be looking for a wormhole to a 1970’s garage, METRIC frontwoman Emily Haines was hauling around — gasp! — an analog synthesizer as the band worked their way up in New York City’s clubs. In the late 2000’s, when many bands were being strangled by the industry's power structure, Metric undid all their business entanglements and started their own company, Metric Music International (MMI) with the help of independent managers Mathieu Drouin and Françoise de Grandpré. Today, they're unencumbered and directly plugged into their listeners' hearts. With single “Help I’m Alive,” they became the first band in history to have their first ever Top 20 hit at U.S. commercial radio without the backing of a traditional label (a feat they repeated with “Gold Guns Girls”). They’ve since sold out arenas and headlined festivals. They’ve had a hand in scoring films for everyone from Edgar Wright to David Cronenberg, and they wrote the theme song for the Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack with composer Howard Shore. They've even performed their song "Gimme Sympathy" at a private event for the Queen of England. For a band that had always been told they were Doing It Wrong, the Toronto-based quartet have grown into a fresh model for Making It Work.
If 2009's Fantasies was about escaping the familiar and exploring the world, Synthetica is about finding the courage to stay home and deal with your own reflection in the mirror. "It’s about facing what you know is true," Haines says. The band — Haines, Shaw, bassist Joshua Winstead and drummer Joules Scott Key — started work on the album literally the day after their final Fantasies show at the Art Basel modern art festival in Miami at the end of November 2010. They returned to Giant Studios in Toronto. They were emboldened by their fourth album's success (nearly 500,000 albums and over 1 million singles sold worldwide) and thinking big. But the real breakthrough came when pieces of vintage gear began fortuitously falling into their laps.
Guitarist-producer Jimmy Shaw puts it this way, “Synthetica is the sonic culmination of everything we have done. We’ve always had a sound in our heads that we hoped to realize. We finally heard it coming out of the speakers this time. It's futuristic and synthesized, yet also organic.” The album was mixed by long time METRIC collaborator and Grammy-nominated indie-rock specialist John O’Mahony at New York’s famed Electric Lady Studios.
The first sound you hear on opening track "Artificial Nocturne" — a pulsating, grimy throb — returns as the anchor on gut-wrenching meditation "Dreams So Real" and hypnotic morality twister "Nothing But Time." According to Shaw, "That sound is the foundation of the album. Oddly enough, it’s actually not a synthesizer. It's a '60s organ played through a homemade pedal dreamed up by a local wizard who posted an ad on Craiglist. Together they set the emotional tone of the record." First single "Youth Without Youth" tackles the fraying social state with a bristling energy ("I've always wanted to do a song with the Gary Glitter beat," Shaw says). "Speed the Collapse" is an environmental anthem featuring what is undoubtedly 2012's most stadium-ready chorus.
Haines first envisioned the word “Synthetica” as the name for a particularly resilient skin-job from Blade Runner, a female replicant who voices an inner monologue of all your human imperfections. "If you imagine a nightmarishly fake version of me as a pop star, that’s her,” she says. "And this record was about me saying, I'm going to give more to the music than ever, but there's no way I'm going to turn into someone like that." As she sings on the album's hard-rocking title track, "We're all the time confined to fit the mold / But I won't ever let them make a loser of my soul."
Since their last album, Metric has picked up JUNO Awards for "Alternative Album of the Year" and "Band of the Year," contributed the lead single to the Scott Pilgrim vs The World soundtrack, and landed on the Academy Awards' short list for Twilight's "All Yours," which they co-wrote with composer Howard Shore. They have since partnered up with Howard Shore on another project: The score to David Cronenberg’s latest film Cosmopolis was composed by Shore and performed by METRIC.
Plans for the release of Synthetica are as forward thinking as its grand sound and the band is poised to top the success of Fantasies (which debuted in the Top 10 around the world on iTunes Rock Albums charts as a selfrelease). Synthetica will be a global self-release on the band’s own label (MMI), in concert with a collection enhanced distribution and other joint venture partners the world over. Metric's management has aligned with industry legends like Cliff Burnstein and Radiohead co-manager Brian Message in unconventional partnerships that embrace new technology and keep the artist in the driver’s seat. In a letter written to the fans, Haines gives us a glimpse of what’s to come:
“Synthetica is about insomnia, fucking up, fashion, all the devices and gadgets attached to our brains, getting wasted, watching people die in other countries, watching people die in your own country, dancing your ass off, questioning the cops, poetic justice, standing up for yourself, sex, the apocalypse, doing some stupid shit and totally regretting it but then telling everyone it made you stronger, leaving town as a solution to unsolvable problems, owning your actions, and owning your time.” - Caryn Ganz.
S Y N T H E T I C A – JUNE 12, 2012 S Y N T H E T I C A TRACKLISTING
1. Artificial Nocturne 2. Youth Without Youth 3. Speed The Collapse 4. Breathing Underwater 5. Dreams So Real 6. Lost Kitten 7. The Void 8. Synthetica 9. Clone 10. The Wanderlust
METRIC is coming to Salt Lake City, October 5th to The Depot! Tickets are ON SALE NOW! X96 has a little FREE SHOW action with METRIC at Poplar St. Pub on the 31st of this month! Listen to X96 for your V.I.P. passes so you can see the band and meet the band. THIS IS A 21+ EVENT!
MORE INFO TO FOLLOW!
Here's Sean's interview with Imagine Dragons from May 1st, 2012:
Thanks, Anthony Magallanes (X96 Promotion Director)
Here's Sean's interview with Middle Class Rut from April 25th, 2012:
Thanks, Anthony Magallanes (X96 Promotion Director)