Let’s take a few minutes and talk about Super Bowl hype. Fear not Steelers Nation, we will be back! Not the hype of the game, or the rivalries that pit storied franchise against each, but the musical hype that surrounds the game. With such a high profile venue, I mean come on, it is the Super Bowl, and the expectations are high. In some years, the game is a distant second or third to the music and commercials. Love the Darth Vader commercial and the finger licking Dorrito dude!
The Half Time Show has become a separate entity within the game. In recent years, we have had a range of talent that skewered towards the top of the musical stratosphere with such notables as Paul McCartney, Prince, The Rolling Stones,U2, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, and last year, The Who.
Historically, the half time performance was a college marching band and maybe a single special musical guest who sang a song. This all changed in 1993 when Michael Jackson, in all his uniqueness, turned the half time performance into the Half Time Show. Since 1993 some of the performances have included the following artists:
Perusing this fine list, you can see that there have been some hit and miss performances. Some of the performances such as The Boss, U2, and Tom Petty were deserving of a solo show that covered a few of their big hits and maybe a mash up medley or two. Other lesser known or listened to artists shared the bill with other spares.
Last night, I was decidedly underwhelmed at the prospect of The Black Eyed Peas taking the stage for even the briefest of moments. So, much to my surprise, they sucked so much more than my lowest of expectations. While I try, albeit not very hard, to appreciate their take on music and their apparent enthusiasm for a good time, I just think everyone would have had a better time if their music and their performance did not suck quite so much. I realize that their brand of music is hard to recreate live. I would imagine it is excruciatingly difficult when the entire band consists of talentless hacks that look like they should be in another remake of Lost in Space and your lead singer is vocally challenged.
A quick side note: As if Axl Rose does not have enough anger issues, Slash, what they hell were you thinking? I suggest you shave your head, lose the hat and go in to hiding. Your playing guitar while Fergie brayed out what I think were the lyrics to Sweet Child O Mine makes you complicit and just as guilty in the crime that was The Half Time Show. Clean living has clearly altered your ability to make good musical decisions. Someone get that man a fifth of Jack, some black tar heroin, any G n R groupies that might be left, and a new agent.
Oh, and I think Usher was on the stage as well. Well, I think his musical relevancy at this point is the fact that he is partly responsible for exposing the entire world to Beiber Fever. With that being said, he is definitely deserving of the front row on the Hell Express.
I would be remiss if I did not discuss the National Anthem debacle with Christina Aguilera. I can only imagine the pressure of singing that song in front a hundred thousand live people and also being viewed by millions. I give her a partial pass on the words. However, I do not give her a pass on the bluesy, sultry, diva type delivery that she tricked up last night. I’m just spit balling here but I bet the words would be a little easier to remember if you just sang them straight! We all know it is a difficult song to sing and we have seen it screwed up countless times by far less talented people. We all know you have an amazing voice with great range. We also know that by your quickly released statement, you have a great management team. Here is a hint fellas, big, theatrical award show let the pipes blow, nationally televised, time honored traditional song, stick to the damn script!
As for the game, I’m more than a little disappointed in the outcome. I’m a huge Steelers fan and really held on until the last fatal mistake of the game. Hats off to The Pack and their fans, they did the Super Bowl proud. This is more than I can say for the music.
Great music hopefully awaits!