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The Red Hot Chili Peppers were brought onstage in New Jersey to back up and flesh out Bruno Mars‘ performance at this year’s Super Bowl. However, the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame Band did not appear to have a guitarist. It’s current guitarist Josh Klinghoffer was mysteriously absent.

The band has featured 5 primary guitarists, and several other temporary replacements, three of which could be said to be ‘iconic.’ Here’s three we wish we could have seen at the Super Bowl:

1. Hillel Slovak

The Peppers’ original guitarist assisted on most of their early songs with his Jimi Hendrix and Peter Frampton inspired riffs, including the single “Fight Like A Brave,” from their 3rd album The Uplift Mofo Party Plan, which coincidentally featured the chants of football fans. Sadly, Slovak died of a drug overdose in 1988.

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2. John Frusciante

The band’s guitarist through most of their glorious major label years, and a solo artist in his own right, former fan-turnedband member Frusciante has a unique, impressionistic and angular sound. Also a victim to a large extent of drug addiction, he is extremely shy of the spotlight, and demurred from attending the bands’ induction ceremony.

3. Dave Navarro

When Frusciante dropped out of the band in the early ’90s, former Jane’s Addiction guitarist Navarro was recruited and lasted through the recording of one album, One Hot Minute. His heavy metal sound also included Prince-like psychedelic elements. He left the band when Frusciante returned for the Californication album. Navarro was not included among the inducted members of the band.

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Meanwhile, Josh Klinghoffer joined the band in 2009, and remains its lead guitarist today. Bass guitarist Flea, on the other hand, has been a part of the group since its inception.

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