Super Bowl LV Halftime: Rock Fans’ Toilet Break?

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For more than a decade, classic rock fans were spoiled when the NFL began a great run of the genre’s greats during the coveted Super Bowl halftime show. In three straight years, we got Aerosmith (2001), U2 (2002) and Sting (2003).

After Super Bowl XXXVIII’s infamous “wardrobe malfunction” (with Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake), rock stars returned: Paul McCartney (2005), the Rolling Stones (2006), Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (2008), Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (2009) and The Who (2010).

Prince performing at Super Bowl XLI. The greatest?

Sandwiched in between was Prince’s electrifying performance during Super Bowl XLI at rain-drenched Dolphin Stadium in 2007.

In recent years, however, the NFL has reverted to using more mainstream acts. Timberlake headlined Super Bowl LII in 2018. The past few games have featured such pop stars as Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Katy Perry, the Black Eyed Peas, Maroon 5, and 2020’s Shakira with Jennifer Lopez

The league confirmed on Nov. 12, that The Weeknd will be the halftime entertainment at Super Bowl LV. The game will take place on February 7, 2021, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. and televised nationally by CBS. The 30-year-old performer has earned three Grammy Awards and sold a reported 75 million records worldwide.

He’s scored numerous #1 hits including 2019’s “Blinding Lights.”

The NFL’s own spot, which aired during Super Bowl LIV in 2020, celebrated the league’s 100th season. It’s pretty amazing…

Watch the Rolling Stones perform at the Super Bowl in 2006

Watch Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers rock Super Bowl XLII

For years the NFL’s Super Bowl halftime entertainment featured an assortment of middle-of-the-road productions with less-than-stellar talent. At Super Bowl XI in Pasadena in 1977, for instance, the theme was “It’s a Small World,” which featured the Los Angeles Unified All City Band. In 1984, for Super Bowl XVIII at Tampa Stadium, it was “Salute to Superstars of the Silver Screen,” which included “Hooray for Hollywood” and “Puttin’ on the Ritz.”

If you don’t recall the halftime 1991 show, there’s a good reason why.

Related: One of our favorite Super Bowl commercials of all-time

Look at the bright side: The choice for 2021’s game will thus afford classic rock fans to have extra time to take a bathroom break at halftime.

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  1. v2787
    #1 v2787 12 November, 2020, 18:18

    You can bet I won’t be watching the halftime show this time around. Besides, no act will ever top Prince in the pouring rain in Miami. That was surreal and transcendent.

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