For the last four or five years, we’ve been forced to slog through Super Bowl halftime shows that included decrepit acts like Tom Petty and The Who. Finally, execs seem to be moving beyond the dreaded Janet Jackson nip slip -- they’ve tapped the Black Eyed Peas to headline the show this year.
They aren’t the ballsiest choice. Certainly the network execs could have gone with someone a little edgier, like Kanye West. Or someone a little more current, like mixing up someone like Adele with someone like Lil Wayne, for a really interesting mash-up.
And two special guests are expected to join Fergie and the rest of the Peas on stage.
Rumor has it that Slash -- yes, the Guns ‘n’ Roses guitarist -- and Usher will both make appearances during the halftime show. Sounds like a kind of crazy mix-up, right? Eh, not so much. Slash recorded a song with Fergie a while back and Usher has worked with Will.i.am, so likely we’ll just be seeing live versions of those collaborations.
Still, it’s awesome to see the network sloooowly creeping its way back to relevancy. True, the Black Eyed Peas aren’t the most current group, but they have something more important than that going for them. They’re fun. After years of snoozing through the Rolling Stones, worrying if Roger Daltrey was going to kick it right there on stage ... and, well, Paul McCartney, you may be one of the most respected musicians of your time, but you don’t hold up to the standards of the Super Bowl Halftime Show. It's time for a change.
So many people tune in just for the show -- it’s one way the network brings in so many viewers each year. We’ve come to expect something new and exciting. The tone of the show should fit the tone of the game: the biggest spectacle of the year. So cheers to the network for moving in the right direction, but they still need to gather the nerve to return to the Janet Jackson glory days.
What do you think of the new Super Bowl Halftime Show lineup?
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