Bruno Mars was already announced as the performer at the half-time show for this year’s Super Sowl, and he will now be joined by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The two acts join a long list of stars who have had the opportunity to play at the legendary show, including Paul McCartney and Madonna.
The announcement came during the playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New Orleans Saints on Saturday. No other news has yet been announced.
The two acts have a large fan base, but are definitely an odd pairing. Mars has a more soulful, R&B sound while the Red Hot Chili Peppers are rock. It seems those deciding the half-time show this year want something to suit almost anybody who could be watching. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Peppers will appeal to the older viewers, while Mars will bring in the younger R&B fans.
However, Yahoo writer Kevin Kaduck believes the pairing will fall short of some of the bigger names that have taken the Super Bowl stage, especially the likes of the Rolling Stones and Madonna.
Super Bowl XLVIII will take place on February 2 in New Jersey this year. The night before, the Chili Peppers are going to perform at a pre-party in Brooklyn as part of their current tour. The Red Hot Chili Peppers will then join Mars to perform at the Super Bowl half-time show.
There have been a number of memorable half-time shows throughout the years. One of the most is Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake when Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction led to an embarrassing moment. Madonna’s performance at the XLVI game, in 2012, is the most watched performance, with 114 million people around the world tuning in. That was three million more than the number of people tuning in for the actual game! The second most was last year’s performance by Beyonce, which pulled 110.5 million views.
There is never just one type of music allowed at the Super Bowl half-time show, so either Mars or the Red Hot Chili Peppers would have been welcome. Some years have had classic rock bands like The Who, while other years have had R&B and Hip Hop stars like the Black Eyed Peas. There have even been marching bands and short skits performed to keep the audience happy and entertained while the football teams take a break between the first two and last two quarters.
In 1992, Olympic figure skaters Dorothy Hamill and Brian Boitano performed as a way to see the 1992 Winter Olympics out with a bang. During that year, Fox Network drew 22 million people away from the half-time show with In Living Color. It was after this that the league started using bigger names to keep the interest in the show.
Music stars have joined together in the past to perform, like Timberlake and Jackson or Black Eyed Peas and Usher. However, Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers performing together is one of the first time two very different genres have mixed together for the Super Bowl half-time show, promising a very interesting show.
Editorial by Alexandria Ingham