One thing has been bothering me throughout the past few Super Bowls, including the one that is taking place this Sunday.
It’s the new “rule” that every performer must be over 50 years old in order to perform at the Super Bowl Halftime show. Ever since Janet Jackson became a role model for Greg Oden, the Super Bowl has had performers that are close to being in nursing homes. The list includes Paul McCartney (67), The Rolling Stones (all over 60, one is even over 70!), Prince (51), Tom Petty (59), Bruce Springsteen (60), and this year The Who who (pun intended) are all over 60 years of age as well. I’m not sure about everyone else, but I am not a fan of watching wrinkly-skinned men playing guitars.
Not only has the Super Bowl excluded the young, but they have also banished one of the most popular genres of music. Rap.
Where is Lil’ Wayne? Did no one watch his performance at the Grammy’s with Eminem and Drake? It was phenomenal. I could only imagine how Weezy would show up for a halftime show. The bass from his beats would be rockin’ the stadium. Plus Wayne is a big time sports fan. He even has his own blog on ESPN. The only drawback to Wayne performing is that half of his lyrics would need to be removed for explicit material. I would still prefer to listen to a half-empty song from Wayne than a full song from “The Grandpa’s”.
If Wayne is too much, then why not let the Black Eyed Peas perform at halftime? They have a good upbeat feel to them, they have clean lyrics, and they have Fergie. While they aren’t my favorite band, it would still be an upgrade from 60-year-old-men in leather pants. I think that’s enough old jokes.
I’m not saying they should completely get rid of the older bands, but they need to make it not so frequent. It’s been six consecutive years without a fresh face. There’s a better chance of a Bigfoot or Tiger Woods sighting than seeing a young performer at halftime. It’s like they’re afraid that something worse than a wardrobe malfunction will take place, something that could only be compared to what Jack Bauer does in his interrogations.
The best chance of seeing someone who is young in the halftime show is to wait 20 years for them to become older, but by that time I’ll hate young people music because it’s apparently a rule of being older. Okay, I had to throw in one more old joke.