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Your Week in Music: Chili Peppers played air guitar during the Super Bowl

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The Red Hot Chili Peppers at a gig in 2006. (Source: Wikicommons/MGN Online) The Red Hot Chili Peppers at a gig in 2006. (Source: Wikicommons/MGN Online)

(RNN) - If you play an instrument, you may have noticed something curious about the Red Hot Chili Peppers' instruments during their Super Bowl performance - they weren't plugged in.

Turns out, while the vocals were live, the music wasn't.

In a letter posted on their official website, RHCP bassist Flea says "it was made clear to us that the vocals would be live, but the bass, drums and guitar would be pre-recorded."

"I understand the NFL's stance on this, given they only have a few minutes to set up the stage, there [are] a zillion things that could go wrong and ruin the sound ... there was not any room for argument on this."

The band says they don't mime music, but under the circumstances, had no choice.

"We decided that, with Anthony 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 wrote. 

Foreigner, Styx and Don Felder of The Eagles announce tour

In what might be one of the most powerful rock collaborations we've seen in a while, Foreigner, Styx and lead guitarist/songwriter for The Eagles Don Felder are teaming up for a summer tour, The Soundtrack of Summer.

"This tour will have the best vocalists and guitarists on the road today," Felder said. "The sheer volume of our combined catalogs is massive and should satisfy any rock 'n' roll fan, and rock them until they can't walk out of the place."

Felder will open each show, and Foreigner and Styx will alternate closing slot positions throughout the tour. The group also said they are recording a new version of the Eagles' Hotel California and will release it along with a compilation album to accompany the tour.

The group previewed the song on Fox and Friends Tuesday. Check it out here.

The tour begins May 17 in Oklahoma City, OK, and will wrap up July 27 in Santa Barbara, CA. For a full list of tour dates and ticket information, click here.

Jodeci releasing a new album this year? Timbaland says yes

Jodeci could potentially be releasing their first album in 19 years at the end of 2014.

During a recent chat with fans, Timbaland admitted he was teaming up with DeVante Swing, one of the original Jodeci members, to help the group work on new material.

"I met with DeVante and I'm going to help work on the new Jodeci album," Timbaland said. "I ain't really supposed to say that, but I will be working on the new Jodeci album. And that will be my career coming full circle ... connecting back with DeVante again."

Timbaland also helped produce Jodeci's 1995 LP The Show, the After Party, the Hotel. Swing is responsible for giving Timbaland, formerly known as Timothy Mosley, his nickname in the '90s, according to Fuse.

Pharrell Williams to perform at Oscars

Well folks - Pharrell Williams is spreading his happiness to the Academy Awards. The singer-songwriter-producer will perform his Oscar-nominated song Happy at the show.

Happy is nominated in the original song category, along with Ordinary Love from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Let It Go from Frozen and The Moon Song from Her.

Williams first made news with Happy when he created the world's first 24-hour-long music video for the song. The interactive video is in the form of a clock and allows viewers to flip through each hour, showing people dancing to the song, including a few celebrity appearances.

To view the full video, visit www.24hoursofhappy.com.

The 86th Academy Awards, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air at 8 p.m. ET March 2 on ABC.

Same Jenny, same block

While she's whittling down American Idol contestants in California, Jennifer Lopez wants you to know she's still just Jenny from the block, a Bronx girl at heart.

And if you forget, she takes great care to remind you. In her new video for Same Girl, J. Lo trudges through her old neighborhood, hanging with her old pals, singing "No, I never changed, I'm loving every day, I know that I'm the same Jenny around the block." She even rides the 6 train, referenced in the title of her 1999 album On The 6.

"The song is about getting back to your roots and remembering where you're from," she recently told fellow Idol castmate Ryan Seacrest

J. Lo says the song should hold fans over while she works on finishing her album.  

Olivia Newton-John gets Las Vegas show

Olivia Newton-John is bringing Grease back to life with a headlining residency in Las Vegas titled Summer Nights.

Newton-John will perform 45 shows at the The Flamingo starting April 8 and going through the summer.

She's scheduled to sing songs like Hopelessly Devoted to You, and You're the One That I Want as well as some of her more popular pop hits (Physical, maybe?).

Tickets go on sale Friday and start at $69.

New Releases

Broken Bells: After the Disco - Feb. 4

Peter Bradley Adams: After the Storm - Feb. 4

Tony Barton and Babyface: Love, Marriage and Divorce - Feb. 4

David Crosby: Croz - Jan. 28

Casting Crowns: Thrive - Jan. 28

Upcoming Releases

Eric Church: The Outsiders - Feb. 11

Greg Laswell: I Was Going To Be An Astronaut - Feb. 11

Candice Glover: Music Speaks - Feb. 18 

Dierks Bentley: Riser - Feb. 25

And finally …

Elijah Aaron is a multi-instrumentalist who quite frankly doesn't really need the help of a band all that badly.

With a hodgepodge of instruments, some solid rhythm and a handy dandy looper, Aaron lays down the foundation for a killer cover of TLC's No Scrubs all by himself.

Disclaimer: Professional musician on a closed course. Don't try this at home, folks.

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