Not even Slash can save Super Bowl halftime show

By Pat Prince

Nothing can drive me from a room, or waterboard me in a room, faster than Black Eyed Peas. Well, maybe Wham! and Lady Gaga but that’s besides the point.

It was the Black Eyed Peas that played an over-the-top Super Bowl XLV halftime show that would’ve made PT Barnum proud, proving that they may be the best band suited for this type of cultural extravaganza.

The Super Bowl has become hard enough to watch — with its hoopla, overrated commercials and blowhard commentary. It has become more a spectacle than a game. And, with it, the halftime show has become more a spectacle than a concert.

So I was more than happy to skip the halftime show altogether until I heard Slash was showing up. I forced myself to watch it.

Of course, the Black Eyed Peas were as expected. Then Slash appeared with a sparkling top-hat, Vegas-style, kicking out the licks to Guns N’ Roses’ classic “Sweet Child O’ Mine.” As silly as it looked, Slash was dead-on, and alongside him Fergie did some heartfelt vocals. It wasn’t horrible (like the songs that followed) but it did make me long for Axl Rose in all his obnoxious glory.

“There’s is nothing cooler than performing at the Super Bowl. It’s been a terrific experience to say the least!” Slash later said.

No, there’s nothing like it. He’s right about that. But when was the Super Bowl halftime show ever ‘cool’?

Cool is watching the Stones at the Beacon, or Zeppelin at O2. Cool is attending Coachella or Bonnaroo. Cool is making the rounds at SxSW or CMJ …

Sorry, Slash. It’s hard to define the Super Bowl halftime show as cool.

Slash may see a slight spike in record sales, while many of those who watched will be at a loss whether they’ve heard his music in a Chevy truck commercial or a CSI theme song.

Bring back the college marching bands.

3 thoughts on “Not even Slash can save Super Bowl halftime show

  1. I suffered through the halftime show.

    The visual fx were wonderful. The staging and choreography were spot on (what could be seen through the ads, flying logos, & random cuts).
    The broadcast video mix & timing were “off”, to say the best of it.

    The broadcast sound feed was the worst Ive ever experienced.
    Fingernails on chalkboard bad.
    Were *any* of the producers even paying attention?
    Whoever approved that audio mix should be fired – period.

  2. Well here we go again! it is what it is, it was ok it will never be Great there is just no time to make everything work right people just do not understand what it takes to put one of these on, you can not hear much you hope your mike works without cutting out you have to say one thing! the light show was cool, but i think i agree bring back the marching Bands for awhile if there is a Band they need to be on a real Stage like one big concert and Kick Out The Jams!

  3. Please god, NO marching bands. NOT EVER.

    They are a blight upon the nation, and they make an already sucky event more suckier.

    Please don’t make the rest of us who have to watch it each year die of boredom with your wish.

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