It is now official. Beyonce will be performing the halftime show at the upcoming Super Bowl. For the most part, this was a pretty solid choice. She has international appeal, fits the younger audience demographic and looks to revitalize the halftime show after a very OK show last year with Madonna and visual/audio disaster with Black Eyed Peas two years ago.
After all, I doubt this would happen again.
I initially wanted an older group like Van Halen or The Eagles to do the show but after thinking about it, we’ve had older classic rock groups perform a lot recently. This might be a good chance to spice it up.
David Lee Roth of Van Halen addressed the rumors that the band would be performing at the upcoming Super Bowl halftime show. Here’s his statement via the Van Halen News Desk:
I’m compelled to address the now-rampant rumors that Van Halen is playing the Superbowl. First of all let me say this — be still my pigskin heart. That honor has not been bestowed upon us at this time though it is one we would accept in a NY minute.
Having heard VH blaring through stadium speakers on any given Sunday – more like every given Sunday, the idea of playing there live would be like – ‘okay, now we’re in the game’.
Van Halen’s collective memories are – and with all due respect to each and every one of these memories, teeming with been-theres and done-that’s, but none include playing at the Superbowl. Playing at the Superbowl is a veritable holy grail of musical recognition, a highly prized rite of passage for (game-changing) artists. Not a spiritual rite with snake pits or Hebrew school or anything, but it’s up there.
We are not on Commissioner Goodell’s dance card at this time, but we would be most honored to dance the halftime away in New Orleans.
It’s an honor to be considered and for that we would like to thank the rumormongers all over the World Wide Web.
Even though I blurred out the finger, you know what it is.
First of all, I didn’t learn who M.I.A. was until last night when I saw the halftime show. Since I don’t know much about British music, she was a new face for me. And that was not a very strong impression she gave me and the rest of America.
We all know that she gave the middle finger during the show and the NFL is blaming NBC while NBC is returning the blame. Ultimately, the problem lies within the actual fabric of our censored American culture.
Because of our culture’s censorship ways, the airwaves had to prevent and protect the public from any kind of profanity, nudity. And to be fair, that’s the way it should be. After Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction, the delay time from live to TV had to be extended to seven seconds.
What made last night’s show tough was that the song they were performing had profanity. In the lyrics, M.I.A.’s part features the word “sh-t” twice. But since she was on TV, she had to censor that. She just said “sh” but in an attempt to still emphasize the lyric, she resorted to the middle finger. We still know what she wanted to say.
Who really thought that that couldn’t be a potential issue?
The show wasn't great, but it wasn't that bad either.
Let me begin this post by first saying that Madonna’s halftime performance was a clear upgrade over what nonsense the Black Eyed Peas gave us last year. Sure she was lip-syncing and and all, but the visual was very nice with the lights. And unlike BEP, it was actually good music.
I am not saying that Madonna was a great performance, but she doesn’t compare to legendary shows put on by Michael Jackson, Prince and Tom Petty. I am hoping that the game continues to give us classic artists instead of nonsense current artists like BEP.
It’ll be for the best.
But the bigger attraction to the day were the commercials. There were some pretty good ones but these are the five that stood out to me.
Now that was a halftime show performance. (Too bad this video doesn’t have Purple Rain). I have been OK with halftime shows in recent years. Some good performances like Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones and even Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers make this thing really cool. Then again, I love classic rock.
But last year’s nonsense from the Black Eyed Peas and some years back, Britney Spears, ‘NSYNC and Nelly really killed my ears.
This year, we have Madonna doing the set and I am sure she’ll put on a good show. Her last song is “Like a Prayer” which clearly is a PG version of her more famous “Like a Virgin”. But whatever.
What I like at Super Bowl halftime shows is an artist with history and classic tunes. This is the perfect opportunity for just that. And maybe one day, we’ll get a legendary show like this.