Axl Rose has made the news again this week following a short op-ed he published in Billboard mocking the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ half-time Super Bowl performance.
Chili Peppers’ bassist, Michael “Flea” Balzary, wrote a letter attempting to explain why the band had performed with their instruments unplugged, essentially meaning they were miming.
He noted that the terms and conditions set by the Super Bowl organizers meant the band had little or no wiggle room and had to perform as requested.
Nevertheless, Axl Rose wrote and published his piece mocking the band’s performance. He opened his op-ed by saying he enjoyed the show, tongue in cheek, of course:
“I enjoyed the show and I’ve no idea what the real story is nor would I want to suggest or imply anyone wasn’t actually performing or that what they were playing wasn’t what we actually heard. That said I feel it’s important to always look on the positive side of things and to give the benefit of doubt.”
Rose took his criticism a step further as he went on to speak about Flea having invented a new “technology”:
“So consider that maybe sometime before their actual performance that rather than use a guitar cord or standard wireless, that in the name of science and for all mankind Flea courageously had a newly invented breakthrough in microchip technology installed in his ass that picked up the frequencies of his bass and transmitted them to his amplifier. Maybe they all had microchips installed in their asses and not only pick up the frequencies of their instruments but get Direct TV and the internet too! Like Google Glass… Google Ass!”