Yes the Super Bowl is finally here and as the entire nation decides to take a three 1/2 hour break from reality, it's time to think of next year's Super Bowl already!
That's right, the Colts are going to win anyway....so lets think 2011!
One thing that has always bothered me about the Super Bowl especially since the famous Janet Jackson Boob-Gate, is the halftime acts the NFL links with for the biggest television event of the year. Let's face it, they are old and boring.
Since Justin grabbed him some Janet, it's been from The Beatles to The Who with a little Stones, Heartbreakers, Prince and The Boss. If you grew up in the 70's and early 80's then that is your niche. However the NFL needs to learn that generation X who grew up in the 90's is getting older and invading that 25-54 male demo. So why can't the music start to reflect it?
Here is five suggestions for Roger Goddell and the NFL to consider for next years Super Bowl XLV in Big D.
#1 - Foo Fighters
The "Fighters Of The Foo" have been around since the untimely demise of one of the greatest alternative acts ever in Nirvana. In their 15th year of being a fearsome foursome, the Foo Fighters are a mainstay on MTV and VH1 and get played not only on alternative music stations, but top 40 ones as well. Dave Grohl and the guys bring a lot of energy to the stage which is something I think has been lacking in recent years with the halftime show. Six studio albums and 28 singles later, the Foo Fighters are a safe recommendation for Super Bowl XLV halftime show.
Possible setlist: Everlong, Learn To Fly, All My Life, Times Like These, Best Of You
#2 - Green Day
They are a little political, a little darker than most current modern rock acts....but they are a for sure must watch. Talk about energy, they bring the noise every time they are on stage. If you thought Green Day was mainstream before American Idiot, then the post-Idiot Green Day is bigger and more popular than ever. It's interesting to see people who listen to Green Day now-a-days and only know Boulevard Of Broken Dreams and Holiday. I love the earlier stuff of Billie Joe, Mike, and Tre Cool, but if American Idiot can be made into a Broadway musical.....why not the Super Bowl halftime show?
Possible setlist: American Idiot, Holiday, Basketcase, Know Your Enemy, Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)
#3 - Nickelback
What 35 year old woman has not heard of Nickelback?? Come on!! These guys have had the quickest rise to fame I've seen since the days of U2. Six studio albums and five top 40 #1 hits, this band from Alberta, Canada are a no brainer for the halftime show. They appeal to both the mainstream rock fans and pop people as well as their music is played everywhere. Sure the newest material is a little sexy, a little racy for a rated G production at the Super Bowl....but the Super Bowl act is not there to promote new material. If they stay strictly to the hits, its one hell of a show.
Possible setlist: Photograph, How You Remind Me, Too Bad, Saturday Night's Alright (cover), Someday
#4 - Metallica
Say what you will, they are one of the bigger rock acts in the last 25 years. "They sold out"...."I like the old 'Tallica." They are in the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, sold over 100,000,000 albums worldwide and their stage show is some of the best in rock music right now. Maybe the newer stuff is not as popular, but the older Metallica music is as popular now as it's ever been. When you have hits in NASCAR promos and played in sports arenas all over the country, you can definitely fit in James, Lars, Kirk and Rob in Dallas rocking out on the biggest stage of them all.
Possible setlist: Fuel, I Disappear, Turn The Page (cover), King Nothing, Enter Sandman
#5 - Kid Rock
The American Badass has gone soft in recent years doing more radio rock and roll as opposed to a word that is not in the dictionary, Bawitdaba. He is a true musician at heart and loves the big stage. His recent album "Rock And Roll Jesus" went 3x's platinum and the singles are played on multiple formats of radio and music television. He is also a bit of a celebrity hooking up with Pamela Anderson at one point and taped an episode of VH1 Storytellers. He is also very involved with the USO and does a lot for charities in Detroit and around the country. Bob Ritchie (his real name) would be a perfect fit in Dallas to rock the new Texas Stadium.
Possible setlist: Cowboy, Feel Like Makin' Love (cover), Amen, All Summer Long, Bawitdaba
So here's my effort to get the NFL to switch up the halftime show from stuff my parents grew up listening to, and get some new blood in to pump up the halftime show gig. Let's face it, the old aging acts only work for so long when you use them year after year. Let's change it up, making it a little younger, fresher and overall better for the aging youth of the 1990's.
Do not get me wrong, I'll watch The Who. However the mold needs to change because it's getting a little old and boring seeing the same type of act every year. In an era of change all over the country, the NFL should try it as well.
Rock Mamola is the Associate Producer of The Mully And Hanley Morning Show and co-host of The Joe O And Rock Show on WSCR 670AM The Score.
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