The halftime show is a grand Super Bowl pastime, notwithstanding a few complete flops over the years. Much like the commercials that some people make a sport out of viewing, the halftime has grown to the point where the spectacle sometimes overtakes the game itself in importance (in the minds of some).
For example, a lot of folks only remember the 2003 Super Bowl for Janet Jackson's infamous "wardrobe malfunction," but the game itself between the New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers was one of the best-played Super Bowl games ever.
I may sound like a crotchety old man when I say this, but the halftime show used to be good. Granted, it's pretty hard to top The Who or Bruce Springsteen for a live show, but the acts have been stinking it up lately. The Black Eyed Peas redefined the word "awful" with their show, and Beyonce with her much-hyped Destiny's Child reunion wasn't much better over the weekend.
But rather than complain, I'll offer a solution--a selection of halftime acts that stand a chance of happening in real life. Much as I would love to see Megadeth, Carcass, or Blind Guardian do the show, they probably wouldn't be able to find the time. Instead I propose the following:
1. Elton John and Billy Joel: Face to Face. The 2 piano men have toured together on many occasions, and between the two of them they have enough megahits to fill many hours, let alone the 15 minutes or so given for halftime.
I'm thinking they should take turns on the verses and choruses of each other's songs, in the following proposed order: "The Entertainer," "Crocodile Rock," a break where they have a piano duel, "Piano Man," and finish with a rousing "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting."
2. AC/DC. Sure, they're loud, raunchy, and certain people will pretend to be offended. But they're mainstream enough that people can dance to them at weddings. A little old-fashioned boogie is just what we'll all need after sitting in a food coma with too many wings, beers, chili, and chips.
3. Journey. Good 80s pop is my guilty pleasure (emphasis on the word good), and Journey has had more than enough hits and standards to choose from. Although many claim to hate Journey, they are simply lying. As for who would handle lead vocals, both Steve Perry and newcomer Arnel Pineda can share the stage...faithfully.
Your turn. Who would you like to see be the entertainment at the Big Game, whether it has a chance in reality or not?