It’s Not The Halftime Show We Want, But It Could Be Worse
There hasn't been a rock band headling the Super Bowl since 2010 when "The Who" was the featured act. And The Who rock, but, like all Superbowl halftime acts that fall in the category of rock, they are most definitely classic rock.
Since then it's been all pop acts. The Black Eyed Peas, Madonna, Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Coldplay (don't you dare tell me they are rock. I'll slap those words right out your mouth.) Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Maroon 5, Shakira/J Lo and The Weekend. We did get the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Lenny Kravitz playing with Bruon Mars and Katy Perry respectively, but they weren't the headliner. They were basically backing bands.
So here we are in 2021 looking at the 2022 Super Bowl which will be taking place in LA. Maybe, just maybe we could get a rock act to headline the Super Bowl. Metallica is from Cali. Fine, the northern side of the state but whatever. The Foo Fighters have new music out and were the band to reopen both Madison Square Garden and the Staples Center in LA with live music. Surely they could play the Super Bowl. No, no they can't.
One day rock will get our time to shine on the "biggest stage of all" with a band like that. A household name, stadiums being sold out, larger-than-life performances. Maybe next year in Phoenix. Tool's Maynard James Keenan lives in Arizona. All they need is one song and half time is over. Maybe some day our time will come. But with all that said, I can't be that mad over this years halftime show.
Taking the stage in Inglewood California on February 13, 2022 will be Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Eminem with Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar.
Kendrick Lamar, never heard of you. Mary J. Blige, get it. Eminem. I'm in. But then the big 2. If you were a kid in the 90s you owned at least one of either The Chronic or Doggystyle. It was The Chronic for me. Dre and Snoop aren't rock, but they have every bit of that rock attitude we love. Old man alert, but this is why that time in music was so great. Rock and Rap had the same attitude and it crossed the lines of what we listened to.
So I get it. The first Super Bowl in the LA area in years. They bring in Dre and Snoop. That is pretty cool. Metallica or Foo Fighters would be cooler. But I'll take this. The only way it could be cooler than all those combined...is if Tu Pac walks out on stage to drop some California Love on us. Boom.