Super Bowl 2011: 10 Possible Halftime Acts Better Than the Black Eyed Peas
When Christina Aguilera began the night by butchering the national anthem, it became obvious that no, tonight was not going to be a good night, at least entertainment-wise.
I think the Twitter world may have had the best reactions to the Black Eyed Peas' halftime show in Super Bowl XLV:
"Is it just me? Why is the sound so lousy?" @GuyKawasaki
"Wow what a painful halftime show ..." @seto1661
"First sign you shouldn't have been the Half time show: you need TWO special guest appearances in 15 minutes to carry the set" @The1Tab
"Ashley Simpson thinks this an awful performance." @josh_levitt
"I get more playing time then the 2 none existent members of black eye peas. They need to start a fight. #DoSomething" @BizNasty2point0
"Watching the half time show made me ponder, where's Bin Laden when you need him?" @fan960boomer
It was brutal. And what was with the lit up box-head dancers? Were they supposed to attract attention away from the music? They just hurt the eyes as much as the Black Eyed Peas hurt the ears.
Supposedly the NFL was trying to target women by choosing Christina Aguilera, the Black Eyed Peas and showing Glee immediately after the game. Hopefully they've learned their lesson.
So, who would have been a better choice?
#10: Red Hot Chili Peppers
The seven-time Grammy winning Red Hot Chili Peppers have sold over 85 million albums worldwide, and have a new album on the way.
Their alt-rock style would have been a great energy boost in Cowboys Stadium, and there certainly wouldn't have been box-head dancers in lighted track suits.
No. 9: Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band
Yes, Springsteen did play the halftime show just two years ago in Super Bowl XLIII, but his setlist was consisted of only four songs and was missing arguably his biggest hit—"Born In The USA."
Also, "The Boss" was much, much better than the Black Eyed Peas.
Springsteen has 20 Grammys and over 120 million records sold worldwide.
No. 8: Jay-Z
Jay-Z is an avid sports fan, along with being part-owner of the New Jersey Nets and one of the most popular artists of the last decade.
He's got 10 Grammys and over 50 million albums sold worldwide.
Not many bands pump up the energy, in a stadium, like Metallica does.
The heavy metal band from Los Angeles has sold over 100 million albums worldwide, and has nine Grammys.
They would have put on a great halftime show that kept the crowd excited for the second half.
#6: Van Halen
Van Halen has had the most No. 1 hits on the Billboard Rock chart. They've also sold over 80 million albums, and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Imagine "Hot For Teacher" filling a stadium.
No. 5: Eminem
If the NFL wanted to go with a hip-hop artist, it should have been Eminem.
He's the highest-selling artist of the last decade, with over 80 million albums and is one of the most well-known musicians in the US.
Rolling Stone named him among their 100 Greatest Artists of All-Time and he's earned 11 Grammys. He's also fresh off the best-selling album of 2010, Recovery, which produced mega-hits, "Love the Way You Lie" and "Not Afraid."
Aerosmith performed during the halftime show in 2001, but shared the stage with 'N Sync, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige and Nelly.
The best-selling American rock band of all time deserves to have the stage to themselves for a halftime show.
With over 150 million album sales, and an assortment of awards, including four Grammys, Aerosmith was deservedly inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.
Plus, with lead singer Steven Tyler now judging on American Idol, the NFL could still find a way to target women with an Aerosmith performance.
#3: Guns N Roses
Former member Slash made an appearance to help Fergie and the Black Eyed Peas butcher Sweet Child o' Mine, but it would have been much better to see the rest of GnR.
Guns N' Roses has sold over 100 million albums worldwide. They have many classic songs, that would have made for a great halftime show, including Sweet Child o' Mine, Welcome to the Jungle, and Paradise City.
No. 2: George Strait
One of the most famous country musicians of all time, "King" George Strait would have been a perfect fit for a halftime show in Texas.
Born in Poteet, Texas, Strait holds the record for most No. 1 singles of any artist, in any genre, with 57. Strait has sold over 68 million albums in the US alone.
Strait is also the only artist to have a top 10 hit every year for 30 years and he's won 22 Country Music Association Awards.
George Strait is quite possibly the most famous Texan musician ever and would have been ideal for the Super Bowl in Dallas.
No. 1: AC/DC
Australian rock band AC/DC is the ideal halftime show for a Super Bowl. Almost everyone knows them, their music is high energy and there's very little chance of a wardrobe malfunction.
With over 200 million albums sold worldwide, AC/DC is one of the best-selling bands ever.
AC/DC would probably pump up a stadium crowd better than any other band around. It would be great to hear "Back in Black," "Highway to Hell" and "You Shook Me All Night Long" before the second half comes back on.