As much as it may pain us to admit it, gone are the days when the Super Bowl halftime shows were rock and roll affairs, dominated by heavy guitar riffs, strong trained voices, drum solos and just lyrically complex live music.
Now I’m afraid it’s all about the show that you can put on and has nothing to do with the music, how much skin you’re willing to uncover, it’s about catchiness more than sending a message and when it comes to lyrics… don’t get me started. What I’m trying to say is that, following The Black Eyed Peas, Madonna and Beyonce, Bruno Mars will be headlining the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show next year.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate Bruno Mars. He’s definitely a better choice than, say, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry or Lady Gaga. But can he really rise to the occasion and prove he’s an equally as skilled, talented and professional musician as The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney or U2, all previous Super Bowl halftime performers? Not a chance in hell!
Despite winning numerous awards and accolades in the past couple of years, Mars is still far too young and inexperienced to be able to hold his own in front of an audience of over 100 million people. And it’s probably not a problem of holding his own as much as it is a thing of catching all those people’s attention for half an hour.
Will he perform only his own songs? Then everybody will tune out after “Billionaire” and “Grenade”. Will he do covers? Who wants to see that? Will he have special guests? Probably, and hopefully, they’ll be artists with better resumes and stronger backgrounds than the 27 year-old.
In any case, February 2, 2014 is the big day for two NFL teams (go Giants!) and the dude that I’m guessing is way past wishing to be on the cover of Forbes Magazine, smiling next to Oprah and the Queen.
Via [Rolling Stone]