Red Hot Chili Peppers Confirm They’re Obviously Not Covering Led Zeppelin at the Super Bowl

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(Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

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By Scott T. Sterling

So, Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ drummer Chad Smith chatted up Kevin & Bean on KROQ (a Radio.com station) to talk about the band’s upcoming gig alongside Bruno Mars during the coveted halftime performance slot at this year’s Super Bowl (listen here).

Despite media-generated rumors, Smith assured listeners that the band would not be attempting to cover the 30-minute live version of Led Zeppelin‘s “Dazed and Confused,” after the drummer cracked a joke to reporters “at some GRAMMY thing” last week.

“People in the media are so gullible sometimes,” Smith joked. “We will, however, be performing side one of Rush‘s 2112.”

Smith continued, “Obviously I can’t tell you what we’re going to do, it would ruin the surprise. Come on, you gotta watch! It’s gonna be great, Bruno Mars, we met them, his band are great people, today I’m going to rehearse with them outside in the beautiful weather here in New Jersey, it’ll be a real spectacle, I’m looking forward to it.”

Smith also told the Kevin & Bean how the whole collaboration got started.

“We know of the Bruno Mars, but we’re not homies,” Smith said. “This is what I know: The NFL said to Bruno, ‘You can have a special guest, and choose whomever you like.’ Bruno chose the Red Hot Chili Peppers because he’s a big fan, unbeknownst to us. He called us and said ‘Hey, would you guys be my guest at the halftime show, come and do a jam?’ We said sure, sounds like fun.”

Read about Smith’s Super Bowl drum set on Radio.com.

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