Super Bowl XLV – Halftime Show

Posted: February 7, 2011 in Music

Disclaimer: Don’t read this if you want to hear me vent.

Let’s make one thing perfectly clear…that was not music. I feel sorry for those who were actually at the game and had to sit through that debacle. At least watching it on television I had the option of hitting the mute button or changing the channel. The only part of the show that you could qualify as music was Slash playing his guitar. That’s about it.

Speaking of Slash, how on God’s green earth did he agree to be a part of that mess? I know he’s not poor or homeless. Talk about a great way to ruin one’s reputation. I’ll forgive him though. But Slash being a part of that atrocity does not therefore qualify it as a good show. Furthermore, no one but Axl Rose, and maybe a few others, should be allowed to sing Sweet Child o’ Mine. Certainly not Fergie and the Black Eyed Peas.

Then we got to witness Usher dancing around on the stage after being lowered from the scoreboard. All he seemed to do was dance and belt out a few “Oh my God” or “Oh my gosh”. Was his microphone not on and we couldn’t hear him singing or was that it? Why?

Don’t get me wrong, I listen to the Black Eyed Peas and Usher. They have their places. Some of their songs are great for dancing in a club or getting pumped up. But not in that environment. I also understand that playing live is no easy task. So I’m not asking for performers to always be on key or play the right notes. Just make things musically pleasing.

Also, I’ve read and heard some individuals say that it was great seeing the halftime  show get back to being young and sexy. If that is what I’m going to be subjected to in the name of young and sexy, please bring back the old and decrepit sounds of Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen. I know for a fact that there are some great musical performers out there that would do an awesome job performing live. Shoot, I wouldn’t even mind some repeat performers such as U2, The Rolling Stones, The Who or Boyz II Men if it is absolutely necessary to go younger.

I’m all for being entertained with dancing, fireworks and other visual stimuli, but all I ask is that music be something at least decent to listen to. Not something that makes me want to jam paper clips into my ears and attempt to rupture my eardrums.


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