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Bruno Mars Made The Red Hot Chili Peppers Look Old And Dated

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3:47 pm on Feb 3, 2014 (gmt 0)

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At least to me he did.
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Didn't see it but I like his stuff. Paul Oakenfold did a pretty cool (for me) remix of Locked Out of Heaven.
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I don't think they looked old but they looked out of place dressed the way they were, or undressed for the most part opposed to the Bruno Mars suit and tie show. Plus being twice as old as Bruno's band, and all shirtless, made the age difference very apparent.

They had Renée Fleming there to sing the Star Spangled Banner so why didn't they throw her in with Bruno and the Peppers and switch it up from a dichotomy to a trichotomy?

I only mentioned that just to get to use the word trichotomy which may be the first and only time I've ever included it in an actual sentence.

The whole situation reminded me of when you're at a fancy restaurant and the one seated table of people aren't wearing suits that stand out like a sore thumb, or the homeless dude standing at the window of the same fancy place looking in, that sort of deal.

FWIW, I don't think the Peppers would've have fit in any better had they been paired with anyone short of a band like Nirvana, Foo fighters, Smash Mouth, maybe Sugar Ray. Even those might be too normal to go against the Peppers on the same stage at the same time.

Plus the musical styles simply didn't mesh whatsoever IMO.

Someone like Robin Thicke would've made a better pairing for Bruno.

What's up for next year?

Maybe we'll see Kiss mix it up with The Boston Pops while The Rockettes dance with Morris Day and The Time?

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Love me some Oakenfold, nothing like a little Starry Eyed Surprise so Ready, Steady, GO!
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Given the location, a better trichotomy would have been Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, and Frankie Valli.
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Old And Dated

What else to expect from a 1980s band?

Tempus fugit.

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1:48 am on Feb 4, 2014 (gmt 0)

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a 1980s band

the chili peppers didn't chart any singles in the 80s.
they've been killing it for most of the past 25 years, though.
they were a different band with a new guitarist and new drummer starting in late 1989.

fwiw the peppers/bruno pairing was a guest invitation by bruno himself out of respect to rhcp.

as far as looking "old", i saw rhcp < 1 year ago.
when flea took his position on stage for the encore he walked >100' across the stage in a handstand.
he didn't look too old last year.
he's finished a couple of recent los angeles marathons in well under 4 hours.
i wonder how mister mars looks after 26 miles.
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the chili peppers didn't chart any singles in the 80s

They put out four albums and toured Europe more than once in that decade.

And when I saw them live in 1988 they actually played their instruments.

Mr Balzary apparently mimed at the Super Bowl, which if true is very sad.

But my point was that it is no surprise (and no shame either) that a rock band formed more than thirty years ago look old and dated next to a contemporary act, cheesy or otherwise.

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a discerning eye would note that unlike most of the other musicians on stage, flea kept his instrument unplugged for the cameras instead of pretending that he was playing live.
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I read that singing was live but NFL policy was that instruments had to be recorded - less technical stuff that could go wrong.
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This is a silly comparison now that I'd had a day or two to think about it.

Bruno Mars didn't make the RHCP look dated, the RHCP and their stupid outfits did that.

It's like when the wife says "Does this dress make me look fat?", no honey, your butt does that.
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Mr Balzary has been speaking on the subject of miming:

"[Our] 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 UK during rehearsals because we refused to mime properly."

He admitted that an exception was made for the Super Bowl.

He also said: "We thought it better to not pretend".

So all that fretting of notes was not pretending at all.

Because pretending would be old and dated, presumably.

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