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Red Hot Chili Peppers to join Bruno Mars at Super Bowl halftime

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On a day that could be sufficiently cold to justify the wearing of a third sock, the band known for performing wearing nothing but the proverbial third sock will be making an appearance at the New Jersey Super Bowl.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Red Hot Chili Peppers will join Bruno Mars during halftime of Super Bowl XLVIII.  Mars is expected to make the announcement at halftime of Saturday’s game between the Saints and Seahawks, on FOX.

The primary halftime act at the Super Bowl often is joined by other artists, typically without advance notice.

Mars recently joked about the potential weather conditions at the game by saying that he’d wear a beekeeper’s suit.

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  1. lordfletcher says: Jan 10, 2014 11:26 PM

    Can’t wait to take a big poop during halftime


  2. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Jan 10, 2014 11:26 PM

    They should just replace Bruno Mars all together, since you know, he totally sucks anyway.

  3. prosourcetalk says: Jan 10, 2014 11:33 PM

    Good, someone finally realized that Bruno Mars totally totally sucks

  4. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 10, 2014 11:34 PM

    Organizers must think that every football fan is over 60 years old.

  5. mykpfsu says: Jan 10, 2014 11:35 PM


  6. kd75 says: Jan 10, 2014 11:35 PM

    They should get Flea to play the National Anthem. He did a great job at the UCLA basketball game the other night.

  7. bobzilla1001 says: Jan 10, 2014 11:35 PM


  8. 3menandablog says: Jan 10, 2014 11:36 PM

    Having Bruno Mars do the Super Bowl halftime show is like having Ashton Kutcher play Steve Jobs.

  9. syphermce says: Jan 10, 2014 11:37 PM

    Awesome news. Still waiting for the year we get to see AC/DC do a Halftime show. That would be awesome.

  10. ajgreenhof says: Jan 10, 2014 11:37 PM

    Now I have to eat my words because I’m watching the halftime show. The Chili Peppers know how to jam!

  11. bowdowntopeyton says: Jan 10, 2014 11:38 PM

    Slight improvement….now just dis-invite bruno

  12. harrisbd99 says: Jan 10, 2014 11:39 PM

    Cool! This halftime show could be really fun.

  13. dixiebob says: Jan 10, 2014 11:47 PM

    A fine performance of military band music presented by one our country’s premier service bands would be so wonderful as a change of pace at a NFL game.

  14. bigcali4life says: Jan 10, 2014 11:48 PM

    Not bad. Not bad at all. Although this is coming from someone who listened to RHCP through High School.

  15. rextraordinaire says: Jan 10, 2014 11:55 PM

    I’ll still walk away to get more food and beer, but maybe I won’t mute the TV.

    I like the Chili Peppers, and while I don’t much care for pop music, Bruno Mars has loads of talent.

    After A nauseating trilogy of Black Eyed Peas, A Madonna who thinks she’s still 25 and 30 minutes of Beyonce’s choreographed foot-stomping (with no Jay-Z cameo), I’m content with some Bruno Mars and Chili Peppers

  16. vafootballfan says: Jan 11, 2014 12:00 AM

    Sounds like this halftime show is a must NOT see. Boring.

  17. irootforthecardinals says: Jan 11, 2014 12:02 AM

    Great save

  18. buffalodiehard says: Jan 11, 2014 12:02 AM

    Hipsters vs. baby boomers.

  19. erarey64 says: Jan 11, 2014 12:03 AM

    San Fran Vs SD = Californication!

  20. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 11, 2014 12:04 AM

    “Brain damage? Ha ha, we’ll show you wimps real brain damage!”.

  21. scoops1 says: Jan 11, 2014 12:06 AM

    Once again…the announced act has to enlist the help of others to carry out the halftime show…..

  22. randywhite54 says: Jan 11, 2014 12:10 AM

    There’s reason number 2 to watch Animal Planet.

  23. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 11, 2014 12:10 AM

    This is a deliberate attack against the Nation of Steel.

  24. infectorman says: Jan 11, 2014 12:11 AM

    A half decent band for the half-time show

  25. drunkraider says: Jan 11, 2014 12:13 AM

    To bad it didnt say ( replacing ) bruno mars.

  26. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 11, 2014 12:13 AM

    Only the Steelers and former Steelers players should be allowed to celebrate in the Super Bowl. Then there goes Goodell with his magical wand, suddenly making the Panthers and Chargers relevant.

  27. warhammer420 says: Jan 11, 2014 12:14 AM

    Nice! Love RHCP ❤

  28. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 11, 2014 12:16 AM

    LOL @ you NFL. The more Steelers players, the better. Statistics back this up. The NFL went out of its was two years ago to say the Steelers were by far the most profitable franchise the league has ever seen. Keep putting us out there and we will win Super Bowls.

  29. invizibleskull says: Jan 11, 2014 12:18 AM

    $100.00 buck Flea has a nipple slip.

  30. vetelmo says: Jan 11, 2014 12:19 AM

    RHCP yes, Bruno Mars no.

  31. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 11, 2014 12:23 AM

    The way we see it: trophies are earned through blood and sweat, not ink and rhetoric. We win ball games. That’s just what we do and what we’ve always done. We think the league needs to take a serious step back if it considers Goodell as a prosperous visionary for the league. Yeah, he’s a puppet. But, he’s not our puppet, so shut up when referring to the public. We will not stand for this disrespect we have seen over the past few years.

  32. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 11, 2014 12:23 AM

    In the end, God bless the Steelers.

  33. Canyonero says: Jan 11, 2014 12:24 AM

    I wonder if they’ll play something upbeat and funky

  34. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 11, 2014 12:24 AM

    Hard to say what smells worse, the Already Dead Chili Peppers or Bruno Marz.

  35. bert1913 says: Jan 11, 2014 12:25 AM

    they will change their name to “luke warm chili peppers” just for this special outdoor winter preformance

  36. steve3211 says: Jan 11, 2014 12:25 AM

    When do ac/dc get their shot. They are only responsible for about every classic sports anthem ever.

  37. jokendave says: Jan 11, 2014 12:33 AM

    Bruno Mars was pretty good and entertaining, but the “Chilly Peppers”? They were awfully bad last time. How about someone new. You can do better.

  38. seabrawk12 says: Jan 11, 2014 12:35 AM


  39. rushbacker says: Jan 11, 2014 12:38 AM

    Damn, what a waste. Would have been a great halftime show for once if they’d just booked the Chilis.

  40. logicalvoicessayss says: Jan 11, 2014 12:45 AM

    I’d prefer if they just replaced Bruno whoever, but good save.

  41. tdubdizzle says: Jan 11, 2014 12:45 AM

    Kluwe will enjoy their hit song ‘Take it on the other side’.

  42. pantherdick says: Jan 11, 2014 12:45 AM

    Well the terrible halftime show sounds only bad now.

  43. steelbreeze676 says: Jan 11, 2014 12:48 AM

    At least puppy bowl will be on.

  44. mike5011ad says: Jan 11, 2014 12:50 AM

    If you’re one of those person that gripes about the halftime show, guess what? It’s not marketed towards you! I would watch the Super Bowl even if they had a Bangladeshi rap group doing Elvis covers for the halftime entertainment. That’s why the NFL doesn’t care what I think about the halftime show. The show is marketed for those people who only watch one game a year and those in foreign markets.

    When halftime starts, I usually go to the restroom and clean up the party a bit, while the girlfriends and wives gather around and critique the show. When it’s broadcast overseas, most of the fans in Europe, Asia, and South America couldn’t tell you more than a player or two on each team, but they all know who Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are. It becomes more of a watchable event for a greater number of people.

    Football nuts who write on message boards and will therefore read this: Your viewership is guaranteed. The NFL just wants to add some content for everyone else.

  45. steelhammer92 says: Jan 11, 2014 12:55 AM

    RHCP should have been the headliner from the beginning.

  46. daltongang1 says: Jan 11, 2014 12:57 AM

    Translation- Nobody wants to see Bruno Mars..

  47. kosar19xx says: Jan 11, 2014 12:58 AM

    Looks like its “Puppy Bowl” again this year.

  48. rjkilla says: Jan 11, 2014 1:07 AM

    zzzzzzz…maybe 10 years ago

  49. steelnucs says: Jan 11, 2014 1:11 AM

    Actually getting closer to what 99.9% of NFL fans want…not necessarily the Peppers specifically, but at least they have some rock ‘n roll cred.

    Not a huge RHCP fan, but I’d take them over Mars 7 days a week and twice on Sunday. Too bad they will have to share the stage with Mars and all those moronic teens / 20-somethings who don’t know jack about football mindlessly cheering around the stage.

  50. superleadhead says: Jan 11, 2014 1:16 AM

    Just do away with the lame ass half time shows. Most are on a beer run anyway. Plus they always sound like crap.

  51. taintedsaints2009 says: Jan 11, 2014 1:22 AM

    I’d much rather have just RHCP. Is it bad I don’t know who Bruno Mars is? Apparently I should, because my iPad spell check capitalized his name.

  52. shtzngigglz says: Jan 11, 2014 1:23 AM

    Id MUCH rather watching Flea and the Gang rock out than listen to Bruno Mars during football. Yes, Bruno is a good singer, but he is NOT FOOTBALL music. What the hell is wrong with the NFL anymore……

  53. hatasgonnahate says: Jan 11, 2014 1:32 AM

    Best halftime show in years.

  54. unbridledsexy says: Jan 11, 2014 1:33 AM

    Thank god. Now I have a reason to slightly pay attention at half time. Who’s idea was it anyways to get Bruno Mars of all people to play halftime?

    There hasn’t been a decent halftime performance since U2 when the Pats beat the Rams. Well, except for the end of Janet’ Jackson’s gig with that little “slip up”.

  55. oldschoolnflman says: Jan 11, 2014 1:44 AM

    For all the males sake, please no wardrobe malfunctions this year. Well I can’t speak for Kluwe…

  56. elliottcovert says: Jan 11, 2014 1:46 AM

    It’s not really the Red Hot Chili Peppers since Jon Frusciante quit the band…

  57. princeopus says: Jan 11, 2014 1:47 AM

    for the love of god ,NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  58. eaglefan94 says: Jan 11, 2014 2:05 AM

    Not big on them, but I’ll take them over the Black Eyed Peas.

  59. richmondbolt says: Jan 11, 2014 2:31 AM

    Edit: Red Hot Chili Peppers to REPLACE Bruno Mars at Super Bowl halftime.

  60. dtownsportslions says: Jan 11, 2014 2:35 AM

    Not bad

  61. mattjay0101 says: Jan 11, 2014 2:44 AM

    The current line up really ought to be referred to as RHCP lite…..NO JOHN, NO GOOD.

  62. briscocountyjr says: Jan 11, 2014 2:59 AM

    WOW- THAT IS GREAT! An actual musical superbowl contender!!

  63. therealsmiley says: Jan 11, 2014 3:39 AM

    Now it’s a show! Hail!

  64. goodknave says: Jan 11, 2014 3:42 AM

    Couldn’t care less, but sounds good to me.

  65. RavenzGunnerz says: Jan 11, 2014 3:55 AM

    when you thought it wouldn’t get worse…

  66. natelan69 says: Jan 11, 2014 4:34 AM

    Sweet! 30 minutes of uninterrupted beer intermission with the tv on mute!

    To be fair, though, the Coachella lineup this year is nearly as bad.

  67. dynastyposeiden says: Jan 11, 2014 5:30 AM

    they had to add them since the everly brothers could make it this time

  68. tuberippin says: Jan 11, 2014 5:30 AM

    Makes sense. The NFL only wants sellouts to play the Super Bowl these days, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers sold out in the late 1990s.

    Pretty sure Stevie Wonder is the only good halftime show in the history of the Super Bowl.

  69. bigjim50010 says: Jan 11, 2014 6:30 AM

    I think I will enjoy the fact the 15 watt bulb just went on to all those Who gave tips on how to keep warm at the Packer/San Fran.

  70. keltictim says: Jan 11, 2014 7:00 AM

    The chili peppers are still around? Well suck my kiss.

  71. primenumber19 says: Jan 11, 2014 7:11 AM

    Should have just had the chili peppers to begin with

  72. logast says: Jan 11, 2014 7:16 AM

    Come on PFT. If you are going to use a picture of the RHCP, at least get a current one. John Frusciante has not been in the band for a number of years now.

  73. howiefeltersnatch says: Jan 11, 2014 7:23 AM

    So one generation watching will have no idea who Bruno Mars is and the other generation will have no idea who the Red Hot Chilli Peppers is.

  74. peytonsneck18 says: Jan 11, 2014 7:26 AM

    most fans use superbowl halftime to make a beer run, use the bathroom or take a hit of that icky icky sticky

  75. ireadpftforthecomments says: Jan 11, 2014 8:09 AM

    I really hope there’s not a wardrobe malfunction…..

  76. bittersportspills says: Jan 11, 2014 8:20 AM

    When is sports media going to quit whining about weather at this year’s Super Bowl?
    You get to go to the game, something that most of the participating team’s season ticket holders, will not. Wear a coat, and consider yourselves fortunate.

  77. humanlawndart says: Jan 11, 2014 8:31 AM

    The Chili Peppers are still together? I kinda thought they faded away with the 90’s!

  78. mpcny says: Jan 11, 2014 8:36 AM

    The peas cannot sing live another karaoke Super Bowl

  79. bullcharger says: Jan 11, 2014 8:41 AM

    Now just subtract Bruno Mars and we have a real show.

  80. packattack1967 says: Jan 11, 2014 8:45 AM

    God I despise super bowl half time shows. Go with a military marching band and play football. What an embarrassing circus.

  81. bigbluwreckincrew83 says: Jan 11, 2014 8:49 AM

    Oh really? I didn’t realize it was 1993

  82. edenprairieballer says: Jan 11, 2014 8:55 AM

    How about just the Red Hot Chili Peppers?

  83. wtfchiefs says: Jan 11, 2014 8:57 AM

    I hope they wear the lightbulb outfits they wore at Woodstock. Those cracked me up.

  84. chut26 says: Jan 11, 2014 9:00 AM

    Wonder if the RHCP will be wearing a sock.

  85. justintuckrule says: Jan 11, 2014 9:14 AM

    At least half the show won’t be lip synched now.

  86. tooz72 says: Jan 11, 2014 9:40 AM

    no self-respecting man listens to bruno mars

  87. dixiebob says: Jan 11, 2014 9:41 AM

    Lets quit pandering to the under 30 group of wee ones! What a gas it would be to have the Dukes of Dixieland play the halftime show. Some real music rather than the crapola!

  88. oldguardof60s says: Jan 11, 2014 9:47 AM

    Are there any other has-been bands whose music is no longer relevant they could add?

  89. skinsfan91 says: Jan 11, 2014 9:48 AM

    Maybe they can get Frusciante to make an appearance. Would never happen.

  90. brettfavresmidget says: Jan 11, 2014 9:55 AM

    Deathmatch between the two might be interesting.

  91. ezcheese says: Jan 11, 2014 9:55 AM

    Now that the Packers are out of it, they need to find other ways to get people to watch.

  92. eagles512 says: Jan 11, 2014 9:56 AM

    Great-a band past it’s prime and a solo act who will disappear in another year or 2.

  93. philk0731 says: Jan 11, 2014 10:17 AM

    Should have been Bruce Springsteen & Bon Jovi – hometown Jersey guys.

  94. upperdecker19 says: Jan 11, 2014 10:24 AM

    Hall & Oats, Bryan Adams & Celine Dion must be busy that weekend.

  95. richkotitte says: Jan 11, 2014 10:25 AM

    I was hoping RGIII would be added to sing the ‘5 dollar foot long’ song live.

    This way he could say he got on the superbowl field once in his career.

  96. ToddHaleysSpiderInfestedHouse says: Jan 11, 2014 10:30 AM

    Meh. I’d rather see Paul McCartney out there than the corpses of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. At least Paul has managed to stay relevant over the decades.

  97. realskipbayless says: Jan 11, 2014 10:38 AM

    It looks like a lot of posters have bad taste in music talkin smack about the chili’s. Bruno mars def sucks but the chili’s no matter what age they are are music gods.

  98. richhomietae says: Jan 11, 2014 10:46 AM

    The halftime time is not for really the diehard football fans the NFL already know they would have your viewership for the game, that’s why they booked the musical acts they way they do to reach out to get non-football people to watch the game. That’s the same reason why they aired the superbowl commercials because some people would watch just to see what the new commercials are. So next time before everybody complains about not wanting their favorite rock & roll act, the NFL is getting acts that majority households can enjoy they are doing this to get the non-football fans to watch and majority females would not want to see rock bands.

  99. maraneso says: Jan 11, 2014 10:53 AM

    What happened to Up With People?

  100. thefiesty1 says: Jan 11, 2014 10:55 AM

    Having a couple of marching bands would be a LOT more enjoyable than having ANY rock/rap band screaming at the top of their lungs.

  101. raiderrob21 says: Jan 11, 2014 11:00 AM

    Why??? Isnt halftime long enough????

  102. ronnielottspinky says: Jan 11, 2014 11:04 AM

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Metallica.

  103. ivanpavlov0000 says: Jan 11, 2014 11:05 AM

    Great – a band that was new 30 years ago, and hasn’t done anything in 20 years, is playing the Super Bowl. And one of their biggest hits is a tribute to Los Angeles … perfect song to play in the first New York/Jersey Super Bowl.


    If the NFL acts quickly, I think Boy George might be available to appear as Culture Club.

  104. scalfor3 says: Jan 11, 2014 11:13 AM

    So, they realized that dudes don’t listen to Bruno Mars…

    The artist they should have gotten is Kanye. And I say this as a card carrying member of the “I hate Kanye” fanclub. You know the everyone would be on the edge of their seat wondering what kind of crazy ish Yeezy would try to pull off. Ratings would go through the roof.

  105. Deb says: Jan 11, 2014 11:22 AM

    Oh, who cares? The halftime show is candy for casual viewers. I’m there for the game, and would watch the game if Alvin and the Chipmunks performed at halftime.

  106. sweetnlow44 says: Jan 11, 2014 11:47 AM

    I’m obviously the only one here secure enough with my manhood to admit that I like Bruno Mars. And I love the RHCP, so I have no complaints whatsoever with this years half time performers. It’s impossible to keep everybody happy, but this years show should be a ton better than the past few.

  107. oldschoolnflman says: Jan 11, 2014 11:48 AM

    Scalfor3 Miley and kanye should have been the pick!!! That’s real buzz. We should let them officiate the game too.

  108. dodohead418 says: Jan 11, 2014 12:00 PM

    Such an odd pairing!

  109. realitypolice says: Jan 11, 2014 12:07 PM

    I guess the NFL was uncomfortable with the idea that there wouldn’t be anyone over the age of 50 onstage.

  110. scbaby2013 says: Jan 11, 2014 12:40 PM

    Bruno can sing so I’m looking forward to a show with hopefully no lip syncing. Glad they are using fresh talent instead. Love chili peppers and hope they perform well too. Overall, hope the game doesn’t suck

  111. pftbro says: Jan 11, 2014 1:12 PM

    How about a Lawrence Welk video on the big screen?

  112. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 11, 2014 1:16 PM

    Nothing says football like a 5 foot Phillipino guy with a high pitched voice.

  113. crc281 says: Jan 11, 2014 1:47 PM

    The RHCP member with the red “CHILI” helmet looks a lot like Will Ferrell in that picture…

  114. azjohnny says: Jan 11, 2014 1:57 PM

    Metallica or Ozzy needs to be the half time entertainment….Should be a band whose songs get played at every regular season game

  115. pootytang66 says: Jan 11, 2014 2:46 PM

    My wife will have to let me know when Bruno is done so I can see a real performance. Mad props to the NFL for adding RHCP, I hope Flea wears his Laker Gear too!!!

  116. djshnooks says: Jan 11, 2014 3:42 PM

    You people clearly have no clue…Bruno Mars is an extremely talented up-and-coming musician…and the Chili Peppers are one of the best rock bands of all-time.

    What do you want…2 Chainz and Nicki Minaj? Taylor Swift and Beiber?

    These are 2 perfect acts for the year 2014.

  117. chazatlas says: Jan 11, 2014 3:51 PM

    Who was the moron that thought Bruno Mars could headline a Super Bowl Half-Time Show? He has a .01% recognition factor.

  118. blamatina says: Jan 11, 2014 3:56 PM

    Anyone remember The Rock vs. Mankind at halftime one year? Bring that back.

  119. newjerseygiants says: Jan 12, 2014 10:32 AM

    The NFL obviously thought is was a good idea to include someone people have actually heard of.

  120. dhardy8207 says: Jan 13, 2014 8:52 AM

    Awesome!!!… My future husband and then my one of my fav rock bands. Although I’m really more of an AC/DC, Greatful Dead, Kiss, 38 Special rock fan, most of those are too old to call upon for the duration of a half time show.

    I prefer this line up before I endure another Janet Jackson peep show…

  121. dcstinks says: Jan 17, 2014 1:03 PM

    Would love to see a Led Zeppelin halftime show. This would give them 15 minutes to play and the ratings would be through the roof!!!

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