So, why do people continue to anticipate that the halftime show at the Super Bowl will be anything other than bad?
Is there any way that any performer or group of performers could do anything that could possibly live up to the hype?
What could The Black-Eyed Peas possibly have done in those 20 minutes that would come off as anything more than the musical equivalent of drinking from a fire hose?
Let’s look back in time for just a second. The Grambling State University marching band was the Super Bowl halftime entertainment in the game’s inaugural year.
Seriously! That was it …
But as the game grew in stature, it became necessary to “grow” the halftime show.
Subsequently, we were subjected to a long line of mini-concerts by minor musical celebrities, culminating more recently in enormous, spectacular extravaganzas by Michael Jackson, U2, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and others …
So, what chance did The Black-Eyed Peas stand?
From the visual and audio evidence … none at all.
Somewhere, somehow, the producers of the Super Bowl need to get back to the adage that “less can be more” …
But, we’re talking about an event that we dubbed The Super Bowl before the first game was ever played. When you start off like that, it’s hard for it not to be pretty much down-hill from there.
Finally, on a separate note: I have a feeling that Francis Scott Key is rolling over in his grave after last night … Thanks Christina!