Super Bowl XLVIII will be played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford in 2014, and a lot of people, myself included, expected a New Jersey band to be selected to perform at halftime.
More recent performers have been of the classic rock variety, like Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Prince, The Who, and Bruce Springsteen himself. Many of us thought Bon Jovi was the odds-on favorite.
Not. Guess again. For the older fans, no, Up With People were not available. Headlining the 2014 Super Bowl halftime show will be Bruno Mars. While giving the NFL credit for updating their playlist, Springsteen, Bon Jovi, and assorted other locals were available for the gig. Why didn’t they get it?
1.) Springsteen played halftime at the Super Bowl in 2009. Admittedly they could make a rule change here, but the NFL hasn’t had any repeat performers at its big showcase.
2.) Bon Jovi’s status is uncertain. Hollywood News Daily notes that the band has been on an extended world tour, and the status of guitarist Richie Sambora as fired may not change by February.
3.) The musical act at halftime doesn’t have to come from the state where the game is being played. The last Super Bowl was played in New Orleans, but EW.com points out that headliner Beyonce is a native of Houston. No outcries were heard for locals Harry Connick Jr. or Lil Wayne.
4.) Could it be too cold for them? EW.com mentioned that a lot of artists might turn down the show because there is a good chance there will be frigid conditions at game time.
5.) Mars has the track record to perform. EW.com reports that he has two number one albums, five number one singles, and has already performed on the Grammys, Saturday Night Live, and the VMAs.
But there is good news for disappointed New Jersey fans. According to the Los Angeles Times, an NFL spokesman said that Janet Jackson and Miley Cyrus have been eliminated from consideration as performers.