By Sonny Forrest
Why Did The Red Hot Chili Peppers Perform at the Super Bowl Halftime Show At All?
Granted, “Give It Away,” the one song they got to play, kicked ass. But including them for only one song (and then book-ending that one song with Bruno Mars’s impeccable footwork)?
I take it Mars, who’s a tremendously talented entertainer, was included because he performs new(er) music (that’s definitely spiced with older-sounding sounds). And Mars breaks the Super Bowl Halftime Show‘s decade-long trend toward bands of graying dudes well past their prime. (The Who, The Stones, Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Tom Petty, etc.) But including the Chili Peppers for one song is a relative insult the band. They could’ve headlined the show themselves. Or just let Bruno Mars headline the show. Just give us one or the other, please.
Having the Chili Peppers jump onto the stage mid-Bruno-Mars set was abrupt and more than a little skewed the politics of performance, jarring viewers from the sounds they were in the middle of hearing Mars make into a different song by a different band. Did more than one person at the place where you were watching the Halftime Show say “What the hell” (or any number of variations of that phrase)? Did you see some people express this feeling not with words, but with some sort of interpretive physical outburst? Was anything broken?
I’m still nursing a splitting headache from the wine, whiskey, and beer I drank before, during, and after the Seahawks resoundingly kicked ass and the city took to the streets. But the question of why the Chili Peppers were included in the Super Bowl Halftime Show woke me up this morning and I need your input. Comment on this post. Tell me, Ray John readers, what do you think?