The Entertaining Part of the Superbowl: Halftime
“Oh yeah yeah” is all that’s left to be said after Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers simply nailed their performance over the weekend during the Superbowl. Although the Superbowl was one-sided and lackluster, Mars’s halftime show managed to attract more viewers than popular artists Madonna and Beyoncé have in the past, pulling in over 115.3 viewers. Subsequent to the heartwarming performance by the choir of children to commence the show, Bruno Mars established the high energy that would resonate throughout the remainder of the performance with his ear shattering yet technical breakdown on the drums.
Even though I’m not an avid Bruno Mars listener, I was actively engaged in the performance as I found myself grooving along on multiple occasions. The set list consisting of “Locked out of Heaven”, “Treasure”, and “Runaway Baby” demonstrated Mars’s ability to get funky and bust a move like James Brown while also providing his band with the ability to demonstrate their musicianship. The horn line during “Treasure” truly captured the funk vibes of the song and prompted the crowd to show a few moves of their own. Meanwhile the instrumental break in “Runaway Baby” demonstrated the band’s ability to generate a quality sound with the complex bass lines and booming horn lines that complimented Mars’s impeccable dance skills.
Despite representing different styles of music, the selections performed by Bruno Mars vamped into the Red Hot Chili Pepper’s performance of “Give it Away” exceptionally well. Although RHCP took their song “Give it Away” a tad too seriously seeing they lost a few articles of clothing on the way to the stage, the group definitely brought the energy and passion they have been sharing with fans all over the world for over 30 years on the stage. Being an avid RHCP fan, I would have definitely enjoyed a few more selections; I did however enjoyed the time they shared on stage with Mars.
The final song of the performance, “Just The Way You Are”, was an effective and heartwarming way of winding down and culminating the show. Although it highlighted Mars’s vocal abilities and control, it also acknowledged and paid patronage to the brave men and women that defend our country which seems to be a recurring theme at the Superbowl.
Although the musical aspect of the Superbowl was nothing short of entertaining and lively, a plethora of controversy has erupted regarding RHCP pre-recording a majority of the performance (bass, drums, and guitar) for the performance.
In response to the widespread rumors and criticism, the bassist of RHCP, Flea, released a public statement explaining the situation and apologizing. In case you haven’t read the article it can be found online at latimes.com
Within the public statement, Flea explains that the Superbowl committee insisted, without room for argument, the band pre-record everything except for the vocals because as Flea explains “given they only have a few minutes to set up the stage, there are a zillion things that could go wrong and ruin the sound for the folks watching in the stadium and the T.V viewers”. Although the band doesn’t typically partake in such activities and have mocked prerecording in the past, the opportunity to play in the Superbowl is a rare experience and they had little choice but to comply.
As shown in the picture, Flea’s bass isn’t plugged into any sort of speaker or wireless device.
Although it’s extremely upsetting to hear that a band with such talent and vigor such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers wasn’t actually performing, it’s definitely understandable that in such a situation, sacrifices must be made in order to complete the task at hand: entertain the crowd and everyone watching at home.
All this taken into account, Bruno Mars and RHCP delivered a memorable and entertaining performance that will definitely be ranked amongst the best performances at the Superbowl.
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