Another football season has come to an end and another Super Bowl half-time show has been performed. While I personally thought the Black Eyed Peas did a great job, there were mixed to poor reviews all over the internet mere moments after the half-time show had ended. While reading through the less-than-flattering reviews, I came across a tweet on Twitter. The tweet was to Scott Ian of Anthrax and it stated that next year, it would be cool to see The Big 4 perform the half-time show. They could play one song each.
Of course, that got me to thinking. What hard rock/heavy metal band would I like to see perform at half-time during the Super Bowl? What bands would best serve the half a billion viewers and produce a damn good concert in the span of 12 minutes, ala Bruce Springsteen or The Rolling Stones? Which band would it be most excellent to see on stage during a football game?
Kiss is obviously the first band that comes to my mind (I know, I’m biased). They did perform for a Super Bowl once. Way back in 1999 for Super Bowl 33, Kiss performed the pre-game show for the Super Bowl. It was a pretty cool moment in Kisstory, but not as cool as playing the half-time show would be. In 12 minutes (which is the allotted time performers have) Gene could breathe fire, spit blood, and fly through the air. Tommy Thayer could shoot rockets out of his guitar and Paul could swing the microphone around and around while belting out the classic hits.
Iron Maiden is definitely a band I would love to see perform the half-time show. The mere thought of Eddie dressed in a football uniform and dancing around the stage sends chills down my spine. If done right, he could even toss an autographed Iron Maiden commemorative Super Bowl football into the crowd. Maiden would give a blistering performance that would blow away any half-time show we’ve seen in Super Bowl history. Maiden is another band that could just rip through a medley of classic hits, or play one (but only one) of their longer songs. Either way, it would be incredible.
I’m certain that Metallica would be an incredible half-time act. The band’s songs are featured at several sporting events and the energy they pack into a concert would translate well on such a large scale stage. Without a doubt, they would give the performance of a lifetime that would leave the fans wanting more. As long as they strayed away from their new material and gave the classics, there is no question in my mind that they would be incredible performers for the Super Bowl.
Van Halen would be an exceptional choice for the 2012 Super Bowl (provided there is one). They are rumored to be hitting the road this summer and if the fates align, there will even be a new album to go along with that tour. If the rumors are true, then by February of next year, the band would be in top road form and could give a performance that would leave jaws hanging and have everyone proclaiming how they had to see this band in concert. Diamond Dave could leap out on stage with his jump kicks, twists, and turns, and Eddie Van Halen could dazzle them all with his blistering rendition of Eruption. That would be absolutely amazing.
While I don’t think that any of these bands will be performing the big game anytime soon, they are definitely rock acts that would have my unbridled attention come half-time. Each of these bands is certainly legendary enough to pull it off. Who do we contact to make the recommendations?