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article imageRed Hot Chili Peppers to play at Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show

By Yukio Strachan     Jan 12, 2014 in Entertainment
Billboard's Artist of the Year Bruno Mars excited fans on Saturday when he announced that the Red Hot Chili Peppers would be joining him February 2 during the Super Bowl halftime show when it airs live at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
The "Gorilla" hitmaker officially announced the addition during FOX’s broadcast of the NFC Divisional Playoff game featuring the New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks on Saturday, the NFL said in a press release.
Singer Anthony Kiedis, bassist Michael "Flea" Balzary, drummer Chad Smith, and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer were already scheduled to perform at a pre-Super Bowl event in Brooklyn, New York for WFAN's "Say Hello to Brooklyn" showcase at the Barclays Center on February 1, according to Billboard.com.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers, whose hits include "Under the Bridge" and "Give It Away," are currently on the North American leg of their "I'm With You" World Tour named after their 10th studio album released in 2011.
Mars -- born Peter Gene Hernandez in Hawaii 28 years ago -- was just 4 when he began performing in his family's show as an Elvis impersonator, CNN reported:
His debut album for Atlantic Records, "Doo-Wops & Hooligans," includes "Just The Way You Are," which won him a Grammy for best male pop vocal performance in 2010. He is nominated for multiple major categories at this year's show and will launch the second leg of his tour with his band The Hooligans this summer.
The Californication hitmakers, who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, "have sold more than 60 million albums, including five multi-platinum LPs, and won six Grammy Awards," the NFL press release said.
As for the upcoming performance, MTV writes: "But the question remains: Do the guys stand any chance at outshining Queen Bey, who quite famously shut off the lights at last year's Super Bowl halftime show?"
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