On Sunday, Feb. 2, a unique combination of talent will take the stage during halftime of Super Bowl XLVIII between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium, which should lead to a brilliant musical break from the big game.
Superstar pop singer-songwriter Bruno Mars is the headliner, but the surprising act joining him is renowned rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers.
With the multitude of genres each act can perform, this odd couple is likely to produce one of the most memorable halftime shows in recent memory. Mars has a soulful delivery and can bounce between R&B and rock. The Chili Peppers are capable rockers that have a funky feel and can even lay down some sweet rapping.
Although it remains to be seen precisely on which songs Mars and the Chili Peppers will collaborate, the results should see a dose of the unexpected. In the often stagnant, similar-sounding mainstream music that occupies major radio and pop culture in modern times, conventions should be thrown to the wayside.
It makes sense that the 28-year-old Mars is so excited, given the skill his fellow performers possess.
Few rock singers can claim the smooth tone that RHCP lead singer Anthony Kiedis has, and it will be fascinating to see how he blends with Mars.
John Frusciante won't be on guitar, as he left the band several years ago. With the way he sang with Kiedis on harmonies, throwing that duo in with Mars in some sophisticated arrangements would have been something to witness.
But that's not to take away from current guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, a versatile musician and capable drummer who could even take over the set at some point during the Super Bowl spectacle.
During that time, perhaps usual RHCP drummer Chad Smith will take off and tackle Mars. No really, that's actually rumored to happen, according to Smith's testimony in an interview with Steve Gorman of Fox Sports.
In any event, Smith has some sweet Super Bowl gear, which he captured for his Twitter followers:
Bass players don't often garner a lot of attention. With the Chili Peppers, things have always been different in that regard thanks to Michael "Flea" Balzary's virtuosity.
In implying the show would not be "anything fancy," Mars explained what made him choose this particular band and revealed his impression of Flea per The Hollywood Reporter's Ashley Lee on Thursday, Jan. 30:
The first band I thought of was the Red Hot Chili Peppers -- I've been a fan of theirs for such a long time, I admire their career. They're a soulful band -- and not just musically, but as people. I sat down with Flea, and he's so passionate about music. Even to this day, doing it for so long, he's still so passionate about creating music and performing. I want to surround myself with guys like that forever, and it's an honor to share the stage with them. They're one of my personal favorite bands of all time.
Flea flicks the thick strings with only his fingers and has written some incredible lines over his decades in the band. Another of his associated acts, The Mars Volta (now broken up), had him play on their debut full-length De-Loused in the Comatorium—another showcase for Flea's amazing talent.
The potential for versatility amongst the musicians and the diverse array of genres they cover—along with the distinct lead vocals of both Mars and Kiedis—will make this a standout show.
Much is made of the lavish productions that go into many of the past performances. If Mars' testimony and the Chili Peppers' gritty style is any indication, this figures to be as raw and true of a delivery from the parties involved than any in recent memory.
Let's hope the rehearsals have yielded some productive results to ensure the 2014 halftime show lives up to its deserved hype.
Super Bowl XLVIII Key Information
When: Sunday, Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: MetLife Stadium East Rutherford, N.J.
Live Stream: FoxSports.com
Spread: Denver Broncos -2 (per VegasInsider.com)