Bruno Mars and his backing band won’t be alone when they take the stage at the Super Bowl halftime show next month. In keeping with the funk tendencies that the singer sometimes employs in his music, Mars will be joined by Red Hot Chili Peppers during his set.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the iconic rock band will join the pop singer by his invitation for the show, held at the halfway point of the NFL’s biggest spectacle Feb. 2 in New Jersey, a source told the paper.
The Chili Peppers were already scheduled to be in the area, slated to perform at a pre-Super Bowl show in Brooklyn for WFAN’s “Say Hello to Brooklyn” showcase at the Barclays Center on Feb. 1.
Whether the band will take the place of Mars’ usual backing band for the entire set or if it will simply make a brief appearance, perhaps performing one of its own songs, is currently unknown.
The move should expand the halftime show’s allure to a broader range of fans outside of Mars’ usual demographic. Of course, the singer has his share of hits to perform with or without the Chili Peppers; he’s placed four singles from No. 1-charting album “Unorthodox Jukebox” in the Hot 100’s top 40, with four total No. 1 songs.
Meanwhile, Red Hot Chili Peppers last released an album in 2011, with “I’m With You” peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.