Two quarters will have been competed in New York/New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium as the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks do fierce battle in Super Bowl XLVIII.
Then, the Tri-State Area and people watching all over the world will be sent on a long trip to “Mars”.
Bruno Mars, that is.
Last year, the singer of previous Top 40 radio hits such as “Just The Way You Are”, “Grenade”, and “Locked Out of Heaven” was announced as the halftime entertainment for the forty-eighth rendition of the Super Bowl.
Personally, this came as a little bit of a surprise. After the unbelievable amount of hype that Beyonce’s halftime show produced last year at the Superdome in New Orleans, I was almost certain that a certain “Mother Monster” would be tapped by the NFL to perform the halftime show this year. After all, Lady Gaga is from New York.
It is possible Gaga or other artists were contacted, and the league didn’t get as far with them as they did with Mars, who is 28 years old and was born in Hawaii.
It is also not rare for the halftime show’s headline acts to be joined by special guests. Two years ago, Madonna was the main act, but the show also featured appearances by M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj. There was a brief Destiny’s Child reunion last year, but much to the chagrin of many, no Jay-Z.
The special guests for Bruno Mars’ halftime show this Sunday night—the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Amongst what will be performed at halftime will be a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Dazed and Confused”. This is according to Chad Smith, who is the band’s drummer.
Reports out of New Jersey have also revealed that the Bergenfield (N.J.) High School marching band will also be a part of the halftime festivities. They have also indicated that other such marching bands from other high schools from around the Garden State will participate as well. Such high schools include South Brunswick (approximately 10-15 miles northeast of Trenton), Nutley (approximately 3-5 away from MetLife Stadium), Morris Knolls (in the north-central portion of the state) and Roxbury (also from north-central New Jersey).
A show producer told the New York Post that the marching bands will actually be used as part of a light show that will be seen as part of the halftime performance.
Some are actually more excited about RHCP than they are about Bruno Mars. Others are simply happy that at least the NFL booked another artist that is popular with the 18-34 crowd.
And others (likely your 40 year-old and up folks) are disappointed that Jersey’s very own Bruce Springsteen wasn’t called to perform again.
It is not one of those halftime shows that I am looking forward to. I’m not exactly a fan of Bruno Mars, but I don’t dislike his music either. If anything, I’m intrigued by the idea that more emphasis may be put on song covers than any of either Mars’ or RHCP’s chart-toppers.
And for pete’s sake—no wardrobe malfunctions. That happened ten years ago in Houston with Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson.
But, of course, I’m writing this as a guy. I can’t write for some of the ladies out there who are probably looking forward to one.
Halftime score predictions, anyone?
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