Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Super Bowl Halftime Shows

When it comes to the Super Bowl, I'm always far more interested in the game than the halftime show. Usually, the halftime show involves a mainstream pop artist or two whom I'm not particularly interested in. This year is no different.

But will that still be true 20 years from now? Perhaps. Not necessarily because my taste in music might change, but because the artists performing in the halftime show will change. Typically - but not always - the artists performing are those who have been around for a decade or more. With that in mind, which artists that have been popular more recently will come back and perform a Super Bowl halftime show in 20 or 30 years?

I don't follow pop music, so I guess Lady Gaga could pull a Madonnna and perform at Super Bowl LXX in 2036. But as far as rock goes, there have been several rock performers at Super Bowl halftimes over the years, but of course, they're almost always from the 60s or 70s (The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, The Who, etc). If this trend continues, could we see a 90s/00s rock band like Green Day perform the Super Bowl LXX halftime show? Or...wait for it...Nickelback????

Well, maybe. The thing is, as some might say, rock is dead. Only a select few modern rock bands get any mainstream attention anymore - Green Day, Foo Fighters, Nickelback, and...who else? Turn on the Grammys, and you'll likely see either Green Day or the Foo Fighters playing the role of Token Rock Band. If a sporting event somewhere (non-Super Bowl) is looking for a rock band to perform their halftime show, they usually just get Nickelback by default, because they don't know of any other rock bands that are household names.

Perhaps this is why people hate Nickelback so much. It's not that their music's that bad. For rock, it's quite average. But there is so much more good rock out there. Although, lately it's been trending more towards indie rock, and away from traditional rock-and-roll, and indie rock has less mass appeal, and thus is less Super Bowl halftime show friendly.

Then again, the mainstream's attitude towards indie rock could change in 20 years. A band like Arcade Fire is probably a stretch as a Super Bowl halftime show-worthy performer today, but what will their pop culture status be in 20 years?

Actually...maybe Green Day should already be considered 'classic rock'. I mean, Dookie is, what, 19 years old now?

1 comment:

Adam said...

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