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Flea Praises Bruno Mars In Open Letter To Fans Over Super Bowl Miming

February 4th, 2014 11:43pm EST
Flea
Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has addressed rumors that neither he nor bandmate Josh Klinghoffer were playing their instruments live during the Super Bowl halftime show wiht Bruno Mars Sunday night.

Nothing looked amiss until eagle-eyed Living Color guitarist Vernon Reid noticed that both Flea's bass and Klinghoffer's guitar had nothing plugged into their output jacks.

"That guitar is plugged into NOTHING," he wrote on twitter. The tweet went viral, leading to much speculation over the legitimacy of the performance.

"No trickery. No choice, but no trickery," Flea first responded, b...
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115 Million People Tuned Into Bruno Mars' Super Bowl Halftime Show

February 4th, 2014 8:44am EST
115 Million People Tuned Into Bruno Mars' Super Bowl Halftime Sh
Bruno Mars' performance at Super Bowl XLVIII was a huge hit for the FOX network - more people watched the singer and the Red Hot Chili Peppers than any other act in Super Bowl history.

More than 115 million people tuned into the 12-minute set - 1 million more than the record set by Madonna in 2012 and 5 million more than Beyonce last year.

Mars, who at 28 was the youngest solo artist ever to perform during the halftime show, sang "Locked Out of Heaven," "Treasure" and "Runaway Baby" before the Chili Peppers took the stage to perform "Give It Away."

Mars ended his set with a touching vers...
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Review: Super Bowl XLVIII's Music Performances Exceed Expectations

February 3rd, 2014 8:10pm EST
Bruno Mars
2014 is all about trying new things, personally and professionally – or something like that. Last year, I put my two cents in about the Super Bowl halftime show, but didn’t critique the other performances – “America The Beautiful” and of course “The Star Spangled Banner.” Rather than merely focusing on what my boy Bruno Mars did, I’mma give some analysis to Queen Latifah (“American The Beautiful”) and Renée Fleming (“The Star Spangled Banner”) as well. And yes, it is love – for the most part!

Queen Latifah

“America The Beautiful”

Queen Latifah is nothing short of a Renaissance woman....
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Bruno Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers Deliver An Entertaining Halftime Show At Super Bowl XLVIII

February 3rd, 2014 10:00am EST
Bruno Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers Deliver An Entertaining Halfti
Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers rocked the Super Bowl half-time show on Sunday night. The singer and iconic band performed at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

Mars, who at 28 was the youngest solo artist ever to perform during the half-time show, began his 12-minute set with a heart-pounding drum solo. He played on a custom-designed kit, which played tribute to his late mother, Bernadette Hernandez, who died in 2013. The bass drum was painted with a red heart and the name Bernadette running through it and was modeled after one of Mars' tattoos.

The singer traveled on a moving p...
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Red Hot Chili Peppers Planning Led Zeppelin Tribute At Super Bowl XLVIII?

January 28th, 2014 2:19pm EST
Red Hot Chili Peppers
According to reports, the Red Hot Chili Peppers will pay tribute to legendary heavy metal rockers Led Zeppelin at the Super Bowl.

This Sunday, the funk-metal rockers will join Bruno Mars for the big game's half-time show and drummer Chad Smith has let slip their performance plans in a new interview.

He tells Artisan News, "We're going to be playing Led Zeppelin's live version of Dazed And Confused."

Smith also admits he and his band mates were surprised to be asked to perform with Mars.

Super Bowl XLVIII will take place at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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Red Hot Chili Peppers To Join Bruno Mars At Super Bowl Halftime Show

January 11th, 2014 12:00pm EST
Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Red Hot Chili Peppers are going to play on stage with Bruno Mars during the Super Bowl halftime show in February.

The band has already committed to perform at a pre-Super Bowl event in Brooklyn, New York, on Feb. 1, but Mars has reportedly invited them to appear with him at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Feb. 2 when he performs during halftime, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Mars is expected to confirm the big announcement on Saturday during the Fox network broadcast of the New Orleans Saints play-off game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Representatives for Mars and the Nati...
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Red Hot Chili Peppers Drummer Receives Death Threats After Brazilian Soccer Jersey Insult

November 8th, 2013 2:40pm EST
Chad Smith
Drummer Chad Smith has become the target of online death threats after Latin fans took offense to footage of the Red Hot Chili Peppers star jokingly shoving a Brazilian soccer jersey down the back of his pants.

The 52 year-old rocker was hosting a drum clinic at the Hard Rock Cafe in Belo Horizonte, Brazil last weekend when a member of the audience handed him a shirt from Rio de Janeiro's local team Flamengo.

Video footage of the incident shows Smith opening the package and holding up the red and black jersey, before turning around and stuffing it down his trousers, prompting a chorus o...
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Top Ten Reasons Outside Lands Music Festival Was Magical

August 13th, 2013 9:01pm EDT
Paul McCartney
Last weekend the beautiful (yet cold and windy) city of San Francisco hosted the 6th annual Outside Lands music festival with headliners Sir Paul McCartney, Nine Inch Nails and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Here are the top ten reasons why the festival was magical:

1.) Sir Paul McCartney...period.

2.) The Red Hot Chili Peppers proved that they can still rock the house- 'Oldies but Goodies' in our book. 

3.) Despite the hundreds of Port-a-Potties, hundreds of people still felt the need to pee out in the open directly behind the port-a-potties. A very hysterical sight.

4.) Lamb Fries at the Outs...
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7 Bands At Coachella You Don't Want to Miss

April 12th, 2013 8:00am EDT
BRIT Awards 2012 - Arrivals
The Coachella Festival has an awesome lineup this year. With so many great artists to hear, you need a plan to help you plot your day. Make sure you catch these musicians on this list, which covers some of the latest must-see groups as well as some legends.

1.) Blur

Blur led the second British Invasion during the 1990s. While American bands like Nirvana were trying to avoid musical excess, Blur indulged liberally to create a new form of pop music that melded the best aspects of rock, funk, and noise.

They came onto the scene around the same time that Oasis hit the international stage. An...
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12 Music Acts That Need To Headline Halftime At The Super Bowl

October 17th, 2012 3:01pm EDT
Beyonce
Now that Beyonce has officially been named the headliner for the halftime show at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, we've decided to put together a little wish-list of acts that we think should provide the entertainment during the 30 minutes of downtime the players have to get rejuvenated for the second half of the big game.

With this year's addition of Beyonce, last year's headliner Madonna, and 2011's Black Eyed Peas shows we also think it's time to get back to some tried-and-true rock and roll.

Check out our picks after the jump...

Alice Cooper

The original shock-rocker puts on a ...
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Patti Smith To Appear On Flea's Fundraising Solo EP

July 19th, 2012 4:20pm EDT
Patti Smith
Red Hot Chili Peppers star Flea has recruited punk icon Patti Smith for his new fundraising solo EP, which fans will decide how much to pay for.

Following Radiohead's ground-breaking sales concept, the bassist will release the Helen Burns project later this year and allow fans to pay what they want to download the tracks.

All proceeds will benefit the Silverlake Conservatory for Music school Flea founded a decade ago.

He tells RollingStone.com, "It is obscure, arty, mostly instrumental music, except when Patti Smith sings. It will be available for download at any price you want to pay...
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Axl Rose Apologizes To Cleveland, Fans Over Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Drama

April 18th, 2012 9:42am EDT
Axl Rose
Axl Rose has officially apologized to Guns N' Roses fans and the city of Cleveland, Ohio, for turning down the honor of becoming a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Rose declined the induction into the Cleveland museum and announced he would not be attending the annual gala on Saturday in a letter to officials last week.

And now he has penned another lengthy essay to "Cleveland, Ohio, Guns N' Roses Fans and everyone who's shown support for my decision regarding the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame" and posted it on the band's official website.

In the open letter, he writes, "I seriously ...
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No Shows, Scrapped Performances,Tribute Songs & More At Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

April 15th, 2012 10:30am EDT
Beastie Boys
The Beastie Boys were forced to scrap a planned performance at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday night when rapper Adam 'MCA' Yauch pulled out of the event.

The trio was saluted by rap heavyweights Chuck D and LL Cool J but only Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz were on hand to accept the accolade.

Hours before the ceremony the group's publicist released a statement which read: "Beastie Boys regret that Adam 'MCA' Yauch will be unable to join Mike 'Mike D' Diamond and Adam 'Adrock' Horovitz at the band's induction into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame...
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Kiss' Gene Simmons Blasts Hall Of Fame Omission

March 23rd, 2012 1:36pm EDT
Gene Simmons
Outspoken Kiss rocker Gene Simmons is angry the band has never been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, branding the snub a "joke".

This year's induction ceremony includes Guns N' Roses, Beastie Boys and the Red Hot Chili Peppers - and the decision to omit the legendary '70s rockers yet again rankles with the band.

Simmons tells Rolling Stone magazine, "It's become a joke. We've been thinking about it and the answer is simply, 'We'll just buy it and fire everybody.' In all seriousness for the fans, for something to be called Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is such an insult to Mado...
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Chris Rock To Induct Red Hot Chili Peppers To Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

March 20th, 2012 9:45pm EDT
Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Red Hot Chili Peppers have asked comedian Chris Rock to salute them when the band is inducted in to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio next month.

Rock will join rapper Chuck D, John Mellencamp, Steven Van Zandt, Bette Midler, ZZ Top's Dusty Hill and Billy Gibbons, and Carole King among the celebrity presenters.

Public Enemy frontman Chuck D will honor the Beastie Boys, Mellencamp Donovan, Van Zandt The Small Faces and Midler Laura Nyro.

Hill and Gibbons will salute blues great Freddie King, and Carole King will induct her fellow former "Brill Building" songwriter Don K...
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John Frusciante Won't Be Part Of Red Hot Chili Peppers Hall Of Fame Induction

March 6th, 2012 7:00pm EST
John Frusciante
The Red Hot Chili Peppers' former guitarist John Frusciante will not attend the group's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony next month.

Drummer Chad Smith has revealed that he and the group have extended an invite to all their surviving bandmates, confirming his predecessors Jack Irons and Cliff Martinez will perform at the ceremony - but Frusciante will be a no-show.

Smith tells Billboard.com, "He didn't feel comfortable coming, which we totally respect. We asked him... He said, 'I'm just not really comfortable with that, but good luck and thanks for inviting me.' It was all good...
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Red Hot Chili Peppers Tour Postponed Due To Anthony Kiedis' Foot Surgery

January 11th, 2012 1:02pm EST
Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Red Hot Chili Peppers have rescheduled their next tour to allow frontman Anthony Kiedis time to recover from foot surgery.

The band was due to begin the U.S. trek with sold out shows in Florida at the end of the month but Kiedis and his pals have pushed back the shows.

The frontman was spotted hobbling around Los Angeles earlier this week, but he's expected to make a full recovery by the time the Scar Tissue hit-makers hit the road again at the end of March.

A statement from the group reads, "Anthony recently underwent surgery to remove a crushed sesamoid bone and correct a detach...
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The Best Of 2011 - Starpulse.com Editors' Picks

January 1st, 2012 9:00pm EST
Editor's Picks 2011
You've seen the rest, now see OUR best - Starpulse contributing editors Pete Weiss, Noelle Talmon, Kevin Blair & Casey Johnson bring you their favorites from the year that was - 2011. We've been watching & listening, too, and here's what we think are the best TV shows (Drama, Comedy & Reality), the best movie of the year, and the albums that had the most plays on our iPods...

Pete, Editorial

Best TV Show, Drama: Breaking Bad

The big networks should follow AMC's lead, as they continue to produce the best programs on television. Season 4 of Breaking Bad was no exception, great acting and...
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The Beastie Boys Inducted Into Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

December 7th, 2011 8:35am EST
Beastie Boys
Guns N' Roses, The Beastie Boys, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers have all won coveted places in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

The bands led the shortlist to join the famed Cleveland, Ohio museum in April, and they have now been announced as the official 2012 inductees along with late singer/songwriter Laura Nyro, Donovan, and the various incarnations of British band The Small Faces/The Faces.

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Donna Summer, and Rufus with Chaka Khan were among the acts who missed out on the honor.

The induction ceremony will take place on April 14th.
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Kanye West, Adele, Foo Fighters And Bruno Mars Dominate 54th Annual Grammy Awards Nominations

December 1st, 2011 8:24am EST
2012 Grammy Nominations
Kanye West, Adele, Foo Fighters and Bruno Mars will be the ones to watch at the 54th annual Grammy Awards after each landing a slew of top nominations.

The Stronger rapper leads the way with seven nods - his star-studded collaboration All of the Lights is up for Song of the Year and Best Rap Song, while he also earns a nod in the latter category for his Jay-Z duet Otis. The hip-hop stars' Watch The Throne album will also go head-to-head with West's solo disc, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy for Best Rap Album.

Adele is in the running for six honors and her critically-acclaimed project...
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Anthony Kiedis Bans Family From Reading 'Scar Tissue' Memoir

October 27th, 2011 11:37am EDT
Anthony Kiedis
Red Hot Chili Peppers star Anthony Kiedis has banned his family from reading his tell-all memoir - because he bored his soul in the book.

The Under the Bridge singer released Scar Tissue in 2004, and the autobiography details his long and harrowing descent into drug addiction, which he finally overcame in 2000.

The book was praised for its "warts and all" honesty - but Kiedis has ordered his family, including his four-year-old son, not to read the tome as it's too personal.

He tells Mojo magazine, "In all truth, I didn't really think it through (when writing the book). I was so used t...
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Chili Peppers And The Cure Among 2011 Hall Of Fame Nominees

September 27th, 2011 8:22am EDT
Red Hot Chili
Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Cure have landed nominations to be inducted into the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2011.

The bands join artists including previous nominees Guns N' Roses, Beastie Boys, and Laura Nyro, who are also among the 15 finalists in the running to be recognized with the coveted honor.

The Faces, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, The Spinners and Chaka Khan's band Rufus have, along with The Cure, been named in the nominations shortlist for the first time.

Music industry experts will now cast their votes to decide who should be inducted during the p...
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Red Hot Chili Peppers Anthony Kiedis & Flea Surf In Rio

September 25th, 2011 3:00pm EDT
Anthony Kiedis & Flea
Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis, sporting his new 'stache & bassist Flea, with a new purple 'do, hung ten and caught some waves in Rio de Janiero's west zone of Prainha on Friday.

The Chilis are in town for the world's biggest music festival - Rock In Rio - and are promoting the release of their latest album, "I'm With You." The band's classic album, "Blood Sugar Sex Magik" turned 20 on Saturday.

This year marks the festival's return after 10 years and takes place in the 'City of Rock' venue at the future site of the planned Olympic Village when the 2016 Summer Games come to t...
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Lady Gaga Leads The 2011 MTV EMAs Nominations

September 19th, 2011 11:04am EDT
Lady Gaga
Pop superstar Lady Gaga is set to lead the way at the 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) after landing six nominations.

The Poker Face singer will face off with Katy Perry in four categories, while Bruno Mars leads the field for male acts, scooping Best New Act, Best Male, Best Song and Best Push nods.

Gaga will also take on rock bands in the Best Live act category - she's been pitted against the Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Coldplay, as well as Katy Perry.

She'll battle her contemporaries for the Best Female statuette, going up against Adele, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez and P...
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Guitarist John Frusciante Granted Restraining Order

August 26th, 2011 8:30am EDT
John Frusciante
A screenwriter accused of harassing former Red Hot Chili Peppers star John Frusciante has been ordered to stay away from the rocker for two years.

The guitarist claims August Elizabeth Thomas approached him with a request to write a film script about him but has since sent the musician letters, visited his home in Los Angeles, and showed up at concerts where his wife Nicole Turley was performing.

Frusciante filed a legal request for a restraining order, and on Wednesday a judge in L.A. granted the application, according to TMZ.com.

Thomas has been ordered to stay at least 100 yards aw...
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Venice Beach Was THE Place To Be For Celebs This Weekend (Photos)

August 1st, 2011 2:00pm EDT
Anna Paquin
Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin strolled down to the Venice Beach boardwalk for a late breakfast on Saturday. The "True Blood" couple smiled for the cameras as they made their way to a beach bar.

Rosario Dawson wore a black sundress and rode a bicycle with a group of friends on Saturday. Dawson currently stars in "Zookeeper" opposite Kevin James.

A very fit Kellan Lutz jogged along the beach on Saturday. The "Twilight" star wore a black tank top, knee-high socks, fingerless gloves and carried a pedometer.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers gave a free concert from a rooftop while filming a ...
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Red Hot Chili Peppers Play Secret Show In Big Sur

July 29th, 2011 9:12am EDT
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Rockers the Red Hot Chili Peppers returned to the stage for the first time in four years on Wednesday with a secret outdoor concert under the stars.

The hitmakers staged an intimate gig on the lawn at the Henry Miller Memorial Library in the Big Sur, California, attended by just 300 people, most of whom were friends of the band.

It was the group's first live performance with new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, who replaced John Frusciante, and the rockers thrilled the audience by treating them to a special preview of songs from their forthcoming album, "I'm With You."

The set opened with new...
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Flea Overjoyed By Student He Taught To Play The Trumpet

July 26th, 2011 11:05pm EDT
Flea
Red Hot Chili Peppers star Flea showed his soft side by breaking down in tears as he told of his work helping underprivileged children.

The bassist was also a trumpet prodigy in his youth, and he was delighted to share his skills with a young student at California's Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a non-profit music school which he co-founded in 2001.

He later discovered the youngster had been accepted for a university course - and Flea wept with pride as he recalled the tale.

He tells Q magazine, "He was, like, 10. It was during a period when the Chili Peppers took six months off and ...
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Anthony Kiedis Reduced To Tears After Watching Justin Bieber's Movie

July 26th, 2011 8:47am EDT
Anthony Kiedis
Reformed rock wildman Anthony Kiedis broke down in tears during a flight - as he watched Justin Bieber's movie Never Say Never.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman was flying to Los Angeles and decided to tune in to the Baby hit-maker's tear-jerking documentary on the in-flight entertainment system.

He became emotional as he watched scenes of fans desperate for tickets to Bieber's gigs, and he wasn't alone in finding the movie hard to bear - the band's producer Rick Rubin was also sobbing.

Kiedis tells Q magazine, "I sat on an airplane recently, coming from Hawaii to Los Angeles, with ...
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Red Hot Chili Peppers Announce New Studio Album, 'I'm With You,' Out Aug. 30

June 7th, 2011 8:51am EDT
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers will release their upcoming tenth studio album, I'm With You, on Warner Bros. Records on August 30th, 2011. Recorded at East West In Los Angeles and Shangri-la in Malibu, CA, I'm With You was produced by Rick Rubin, who has produced the band's previous five albums, 2006's Stadium Arcadium, 2002's By The Way, 1999's Californication, 1995's One Hot Minute, and 1991's Blood Sugar Sex Magik. The album was mixed by Andrew Scheps and Greg Fidelman.

I'm With You is the band's first new album since the two-set Stadium Arcadium, w...
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