The Black Eyed Peas Halftime Show Was a Dissonant Disaster

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black eyed peasThe Black Eyed Peas halftime show last night was an all around assault on the senses.

The constant yelling and barrage of flashing lights made me concerned for the well-being of our older citizens watching the game -- if the performance didn't kill them, I'm sure it made them wish they were dead. I know I personally considered drowning myself in the spinach dip when Fergie started "singing" "Sweet Child of Mine" with guest-star, Slash.

I love the Black Eyed Peas, but if it wasn't already a fact set in stone that they are a studio band that should never sing live, I think last night solidified it. Yeah yeah yeah, arenas are tough to perform in. I'm sure they are, if you can't sing.

Would it have been better if they lip-synced the whole performance?

Absolutely. I take back anything I've ever said criticizing a pop-star's lip-syncing. I get it now. It's necessary. When you sing above a track in a ginormous stadium for a television broadcast, by all means, pre-record.

It sounded like Fergie came in late on every song ... and for those brief moments I thought she wasn't going to sing at all, and I felt a warm sense of relief as I sipped my beer and ate my wings. But then she inevitabley kicked in, yelling and screaming and puffing her cheeks. Cat's out of the bag, Fergs, you can't sing.

It was the first performance by a pop group since Nipplegate 2004 with Justin and Janet, and hopefully we'll go back to rock next year. Bring back The Who, or bring in the pre-recorded tracks. And if a pop group does end up performing next year, let's hope the sound isn't engineered again by the local Junior High A.V. club. Getting the mix right is critical, or you end up with a bunch of thirty-somethings jumping up and down on stage, yelling out of tune, endangering our senior citizens.

Do you think the Black Eyed Peas should have lip-synced their performance?

Photo via Christopher Polk/Getty

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paper... papercutout

I don't know if watching with your kids makes you less critical, but I enjoyed the half-time show despite Fergie's Axl impression and the Tron outfits. I enjoyed their flamboyant Sci-fi routine. Most people disagree with me according to last night's twitter stream.

mamac... mamacita69930

It was ok. Everyone is such a critic. She was not that bad. Her hair looks a lot better. Those extensions are pretty...

Just2... Just2busymom

I think it was awful.  Not just saying that because I'm not a fan of them either. 

hotic... hoticedcoffee

Oh, it was HORRIBLE!!!! I love them, but it was like they'd never sung together before (and yes, I'm using "sung" very loosely) - everything was scattered and Fergie's embellishments were awful.  Her attempts at sexy dancing with Slash were awkward and weird.  Just awful.  They should've used pre-recorded track and just put on a stage show - skip the vocals.  No bueno!

Laure... LaurenGreen

I wanted to stab my ears with forks. I was thanking God that her mic wasn't working in the beginning and then wanted to kill the sound/mic guy for figuring it out. She was HORRIBLE.

Doug Canipe

talentless garbage. anyone who liked the Peas performance is a tone deaf retard.

RanaA... RanaAurora

I didn't watch the show, so I just went to watch this bit from your link there... as soon as she started murdering "Sweet Child of Mine" I HAD to turn it off.

ambtr... ambtrav2kids

I feel a tad bit traumatized by last nights halftime show. The only time Fergie sounded half decent was when she started singing the F'ed up version of the dirty dancing song. I was hoping for another wardrobe malfunction tho.

b.lea... b.leavitt101

I absolutely love the Black Eyed Peas. Last night, on the other hand, I would have loved pre recorded tracks. I hate when artists perform live and totally re-do their songs. Obviously we love the songs the way you created them the first time, so why yell and add runs and all that where there doesn't need to be any? Plus, Fergie and Slash wasn't my favorite. I am a HUGE Guns N' Roses fan and wasn't impressed with that at all. But I give them props, they did put on one hell of a show.

nonmember avatar Matt

I can't believe anyone who heard the rehearsal of that gnr cover didn't try to stop her. That was one of the most awful covers of a song I've ever heard, especially when you consider the talent level and the venue.

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