According to NFL.com, there were 110.5 million viewers in the U.S. alone for the Super Bowl halftime show last year. This figure makes the event the most-watched musical event of the year. Wow, right?
Unfortunately, the fact that so many people do tune in for the event means that the NFL usually warries on the safe side in terms of the acts they select. Organizers certainly don’t want another “wardrobe malfunction.” As great as it would be to see, this likely means No GWAR — no matter how many people sign the petition. In my opinion, GWAR’s show is just too “offensive” for the masses.
Fear of upsetting the easily offended, bible-thumping conservatives, the NFL chooses to put trending or legendary artists on the halftime stage who will deliver a show as edgy as a cup of warm milk before bedtime. These acts include today’s Bruno Mars, and in recent history the likes of Beyoncé, Madonna, LMFAO, The Black Eyed Peas, Usher, The Who, Tom Petty, Prince, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Shania Twain, No Doubt, U2, and the list of mainstream goes on.
Granted, there are some pretty notable acts that have performed at the Super Bowl halftime show, some that I’d actually like to see in concert, but there’s no. It’s a shame that the NFL has ignored heavy metal; it’s a viable genre with a strong fan base. Christ, half the stadium anthems played at sporting events to amp up the fans and teams are from heavy metal or hard bands. But, like a red-headed bastard stepchild, we’re used to the neglect.
This year, at Super Bowl XLVIII, at least we’re getting some funk. The formerly controversial Red Hot Chili Peppers will hit the stage at halftime, but I doubt they’ll perform with just socks on their cocks. Can you imagine the “wardrobe malfunction” backlash if something slipped off? Even if RHCP has become a tame band with a formula, I still enjoy their music.
What do you think of the choice to have RHCP play the Super Bowl halftime show? Who would you like to see perfrom?
Rock Hard \m/