If you loved the set by The Who at Sunday’s Super Bowl, you will absolutely love this list. If you did not, this might not make sense to you just yet, but hopefully by the end of the article at least some perspective can be cast on what it takes to make it as a halftime act.
The NFL is making a very conscious effort to avoiding the conflict over potential lawsuits that came by way of Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction. By most accounts, the last few years have gotten better and better while encompassing a variety of long-time, tenured, rock-and-roll professionals. So here is a list of five bands that would serve the NFL well over the next half-decade.
The Who have probably put together the best template of a medley of work that came across strong and direct, while jogging a number of memories worldwide. Their medley truly reflected their history and remained entertaining to holding the audience.
While The Who admitted this was their most elaborate stage ever, their stage presence was a natural fit and there was no fake singing or phony musicianship. What we saw was what we got; that’s the way it should be. If an act can’t pull it off live, why should they even be on stage?
So with that in mind, this list is balanced out with some of the best-selling rock acts of all-time. The acts have demonstrated what they are capable of: selling out venues while selling lots of music releases.
These are bands that have yet to reach the stage at the Super Bowl but should do it some time very soon. Moreover, and probably most importantly, these bands have large catalogs of music to choose from which should make for a great halftime show.
Pearl Jam has the youthful appeal, and yet their music is as diverse as rock music is expansive. Eddie Vedder may be one of the better lead voices of all-time. His voice is distinct as much as the bands lyrics are thoughtful. Yet as demonstrated aging bands can still raise the bar, Pearl Jam is that sort of band for the present and the future.
Van Halen is a band that has had an amazing history even with a few changes with the lead singer. Yet most remember the band as Van Halen with David Lee Roth or the 1985 alter-ego Van Hagar featuring Sammy Hagar.
This has phenomenal potential for being a very exciting montage of the very best of Eddie, Alex, Michael Anthony and Wolfgang. Of course, there would need to be a lot of reconciling within the VH camp, but it would be one of the most anticipated halftime shows.
The Eagles are just a slice of Americana. They are rock, blues, country, and just all-out good. There is a certain reliability that this band has provided to the radio waves for the better part of forty years. It’s time for them to get their due. After all, this is a band that has never broken up—they just believe in taking fourteen year vacations every now and again.
RUSH might be the most controversial selection for those who are not fans of the band. However, this is one of the most technical, influential, and greatest rock bands ever to hit the stage. They have reached legendary status even though they are still snubbed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Perhaps no band is better equipped to pull off a similar medley of their music as quickly as RUSH could.
They have still been touring into their late 50’s and producing high quality musical releases as well. Most recently drummer Neil Peart was asked to help revamp the Hockey Night in Canada theme music, and has landed the drum set he used to get into the Hockey Hall of Fame. This band is from Canada, but they have always toured in the United States.
RUSH is the most capable band of surprising, while making a few new fans.
Led Zeppelin, the Hammer of the Gods as they were called in the 1970s, has always been commonly known as the standard in rock music outside of The Beatles, especially harder-edged rock.
During their career Led Zeppelin produced some of the most diverse and yet hard-driving music that is nearly inescapable on the airwaves thirty to forty years later, after their prime.
This band and others like RUSH fit in with the NFL's global marketing plan.
They recently held a one show concert at the O2 Arena in England and are rumored to possibly be involved in the Opening Ceremonies for the 2012 Olympics. The 2011 Super Bowl could be the perfect gig to synergize the band, football, music fans, and the world for the 2012 Olympic Games.