Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers will be our entertainment at the midpoint of this Sunday’s big game. If recent pop-rock Super Bowl Halftime presentations are any indication, expect dancers, fireworks, special effects, perhaps a surprise guest or two (or twenty or two hundred), and absolutely no nipples belonging to anyone who isn’t a Chili Pepper.
For the past decade or so, the Super Bowl Halftime has largely come off as “cool”, showcasing classic rock stalwarts, R&B legends, and/or A-list pop superstars delivering exactly what’s expected of them. Did somebody just moan, “Bo-ring”? Oh, wait that was us.
So does it properly honor the day’s championship players to roll out a musical revue break where everyone plays it safe? It wasn’t always so. For its first quarter century, the Super Bowl Halftime show could be counted on to present a cavalcade of kitsch, cluelessness, and cheese. It was awful, but gloriously so.
Whatever happens this Sunday, let’s consider the varied legacy upon which Bruno and the Peppers will be building, Join us in running through 20 little-known facts, figures, and flops that went down at Super Bowl Halftime….