Predicting Your Future Half Time Show Performers
All of the Super Bowl talk this week has given me a chance to ponder one of my favorite pop culture questions: how big do you have to be to perform at the Super Bowl half time show? When you consider the acts that have performed since the 2005 move to one act performances the amount of star power they've managed to book is staggering. We're talking millions upon millions of records sold, iconic nicknames, and first ballot hall of famers.
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From a certain perspective, the well is starting to run dry. There are only so many legendary acts that are still performing and have the name value to pull the type of rating the half time show is known for.
So what do the next few half time shows look like? Who has that combination of great music, name recognition, and big show aura?
Superbowl XLVII - New Orleans, LA
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Not an obvious choice but an interesting one. This is another case were being high energy really works in their favor as a selection, and they have plenty of upbeat party songs in their catalog to pull upon. The only real question is if they're mainstream famous enough to be a ratings draw. Dust off their cover of "Higher Ground" and get Stevie Wonder to join in and you have the makings for a pretty fun half time performance.
If the producers want to play up the party atmosphere of the city then Van Halen seem like a natural choice. They have an excellent collection of rocking songs and a charismatic front man who looks like the type to lead the world's biggest party. If the reunion tour goes well and they prove they can still put on a show they seem like an obvious pick for the short list.
This would be your dark horse selection. You can't have the game take place in New Orleans and not put Weezy on the short list. It be a controversial choice, which is why it might be a smart choice. You risk potential trouble if the censor isn't on top of things, and while he's one of the 5 biggest rappers in the game, is he Super Bowl famous? It's an extreme long shot, but it's probably the most interesting choice on the list.