Red Hot Chili Peppers' Super Bowl halftime performance wasn't live?

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Miley Cyrus wasn't the only one with an unplugged performance over the weekend. The Red Hot Chili Peppers, who appeared during halftime of the Super Bowl, weren't exactly playing live.

In many photos from the show, it's plain to see that bassist Flea and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer are playing instruments that aren't actually plugged into anything. They don't even have wireless transmitters to give the illusion that they're actually playing.

The band has yet to address the controversy, but Flea offered a tweet that doesn't really explain anything. "No trickery. No choice, but no trickery," he writes. Lead singer Anthony Kiedis did do his vocals live, making it the most-watched karaoke performance in TV history, so at least there's that. You can see photos of the unplugged instruments below.

What do you think, Super Bowl viewers? Are you red hot about the RHCP not playing live?

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