Flea didn't plug in his guitar for his Super Bowl performance. (Rob Carr / Getty Images)
Rock fans were abuzz Monday after it appeared the Red Hot Chili Peppers did not plug in their instruments during the Super Bowl halftime performance with Bruno Mars. On Tuesday, RHCP bassist Flea posted a message on the band’s website explaining the music was prerecorded a day earlier. “We decided that with Anthony (Kiedis) 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,” Flea explained in the statement, which can be viewed in full at redhotchilipeppers.com. “For the actual performance, Josh (Klinghoffer), Chad (Smith), and I were playing along with the prerecorded track so there was no need to plug in our guitars, so we did not. We thought it better to not pretend.”
Anna Gordy Gaye funeral set
The funeral for Anna Gordy Gaye, sister of Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr.,and former wife of the late Marvin Gaye, will take place at 11 a.m. Feb. 12 at Forest Lawn in Los Angeles. Gaye, 92, died Friday of natural causes in L.A. With sister Gwen (Gordy), she founded Anna Records in Detroit in 1958, which first released Barrett Strong’s“Money,” influencing the Beatles and a generation of rockers. She worked for her brother at Motown, helping launch the Artist Development department. In a statement, Gordy said: “ She backed me up on everything I tried to do and gave me the confidence to be what I wanted to be “ Gaye is also survived by her son, Marvin Gaye III.
Garner and Affleck will spend their summer in Detroit
When Jennifer Garner was interviewed on Detroit Sports 105.1 (WMGC-FM) last week, she talked about spending her summer in Detroit while her husband, actor Ben Affleck, films the upcoming “Superman vs. Batman” movie. “I love Michigan, I love how green it is,” said the actress, who told noted on-air host Matt Dery she’s spent some time in Kalamazoo. “I’ve been to Detroit once. I’ll be there this summer. ‘Batman’ is shooting ... or whatever it’s called. I don’t know what it’s called, ‘Superman with Batman.’ But (Ben) is shooting this summer, so we’ll be there.”
■The New York Medical examinar said Philip Seymour Hoffman’s autopsy results were inconclusive, Associated Press reported Wednesday. Further testing is needed to determine the cause of death.
Susan Whitall contributed