Black Eyed Peas: Reviewing the Black Eyed Peas' Super Bowl XLV Halftime Show
Black Eyed Peas Offer Up a Truly Original Halftime Performance
I don't think it would be too much of a stretch to say that recent Super Bowl halftime shows have been pretty forgettable. And when I say "forgettable," I mean that they sucked pretty hard.
Indeed, this is what happens when you decide to play it safe, as the NFL pretty much had to do after the infamous Janet Jackson nipple slip at Super Bowl XXXVIII. Since then, we've been graced with the tired old acts of The Rolling Stones, Prince, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, and The Who.
Things probably reached rock bottom with last year's performance by The Who, as it was just painfully obvious that these poor, over-the-hill Britishers had absolutely no business being at the Super Bowl.
As such, it was time for a youth movement, and the NFL delivered in the form of the Black Eyed Peas.
It was apparent from the start of their performance that they were going for something new. They bore fully electronic, Tron-esque costumes, and were soon joined on stage by the likes of Slash and Usher. The whole thing lasted about 10 minutes, during which they took the audience on a ride through their biggest hits.
Personally, I've never been a huge fan of the Black Eyed Peas, as I've always thought their music to be rather overproduced, and way too simple-minded. Unfortunately, things like these don't go away in live performances, and this was certainly the case here.
Nonetheless, even if the music was pretty lame, the spectacle of the whole thing was without a doubt impressive, and I think the Black Eyed Peas deserve heaps of credit for crafting a halftime show that will likely prove to at least be somewhat memorable.
As such, I say bravo. And on balance, after watching the show I feel comfortable in saying that whoever is tabbed to play halftime next year has a hard act to follow.
I would now like to go on record in saying that it should be The Black Keys.
For more on that front, check out our Top 10 Choices to Play the 2012 Super Bowl Halftime Show.
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