Top 10 Possible Future RodeoHouston Performers
The hardest thing about making a list of possible future RodeoHouston performers is making sure to color inside the lines, which means the things that I want probably wouldn't work. Sure, the Black Keys on opening night and the Rolling Stones doing an-all country set to close out the season would be fun in my dreams, but they aren't feasible. Neither is Usher, who is too sexy for the rodeo.
Photo By Jay Lee Oh my god, look what the cat could drag into Reliant Stadium...
The list of past rodeo performers is long and varied. Some of the oddest musical acts -- Paul Anka, C&C Music Factory, The Jets, 98 Degrees, Bow Wow, Exile and Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam -- all made perfect business sense at the time.
But what about artists who have never played that little ol' shed off Kirby? Plenty of acts probably refuse to play something tied to a rodeo, with their animal-rights views standing in stark contrast to, you know, kids being thrown onto sheep for our amusement and glee.
Or teens wrestling calves to the ground for scholarship cash: Things that we get in Houston, but might not be so cute and nostalgic to Madonna.
Superstar Carrie Underwood refuses to play events like rodeos due to her vegetarian lifestyle. She was voted "World's Sexiest Vegetarian" two years in a row, by the way.
10 Poison: When I brought this one up, many people said it couldn't, ever, never, would happen. Poison seems right up the alley of a lot of the Gen-Xers bringing their kids to the rodeo these days, plus Bret Michaels has female appeal, akin to that of Kid Rock. Teens have only seen them on YouTube, but they wouldn't pass up a chance to play dress-up for one night. Maybe a dual set with another hair-metal act from this period would make a Poison appearance work though. But who??
9. Norah Jones: Anyone who has seen Ms. Jones live lately knows that she isn't the tame piano-plinker she was in the early '00s. Now she is more apt to put on a guitar and wail for an hour with her backing band. She would do all of those fun singles, but we even admit that attendance may be low, though your mom and her friends would easily drink all the wine in the stadium.
8. Bruno Mars: Save for that spare Disney afternoon, this year's rodeo was devoid of mega-poppers like Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber and their ilk. But then again, all of them are oddly growing up. Mars would be an easy fit for the pop crowd, a tad scruffier than John Legend, and less cringe-inducing than Train.
7. Nickelback: No? You don't think the rodeo set would stand for Nickelback playing their beloved event? Wrong. Nickelback is perfect for the rodeo, with the same fan base as much of the younger country acts and this year's Kid Rock. Their selection of songs would hit the sweet spots in the crowd, and we're probably assured a Billy Gibbons cameo somewhere.
Photo by Marc Brubaker Bruno Mars
6. Heart: Maybe another hard sell, but on a Sunday afternoon it could work. They play in Houston enough (Sunday and Monday), so that's strike one.
5. Ted NugentUncle Ted comes onstage to mass applause, with a freshly-skinned animal from the children's petting zoo under each arm. Nugent could be too aggressive for the rodeo, but he has the volume for it.
4. Eric Church: He's kind of unassuming, but this Grammy nominee would be a fun fit for a slower night like a Monday. His last album Chief was a slow-grower for me too.