The announcement of this first-time onstage collaboration between Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers came during Saturday’s playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New Orleans Saints on FOX.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers — singer Anthony Kiedis, bassist Flea, drummer Chad Smith and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer — have won six Grammys, sold more than 60 million albums, gone multi-platinum five times and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2012, according to press release that went out with the announcement. They will also play WFAN-AM’s pre-Super Bowl concert at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Feb. 1.
Both artists have released albums under the Warner Music Group umbrella. There is no word as to whether their Super Bowl gig will spawn some sort of song collaboration or some doo-wops under the bridge.
“It wasn’t too long ago when we were performing in clubs and bars and pubs, and even when I put (my first) album out, (we were) opening acts for a bunch of different artists, living in a van and traveling around and kind of putting in the work and time,” said Mars of moving up to one of America’s biggest stages. He’s also up for four Grammys on Jan. 26.
Super Bowl XLVIII airs on FOX this Feb. 2 from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.