Three to See – Jamie Garrett’s Choices for the Top 3 Super Bowl Halftime Shows
During most halftime shows, I'm usually either leaving a radio remote broadcast and returning home for the 2nd half, or I'm using the free time to stuff my fat face. Last night, it was the latter.
Even though I only heard the performance from the kitchen, I heard all the confirmation I needed that this was a terrible idea. To anyone not a 12-year-old girl, this was awful. Most people got excited by the guests on stage with Katy Perry, but that was only because it got her to shut her yapper for a moment.
Sure, I can criticize all day (and I do here), but how do I prove that I'm just not a cranky football fan upset that the Cheatriots won the game? I'll offer up my Three to See... my 3 favorite Super Bowl halftime performances.
3. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers- 2008
I'm a big Tom Petty fan, so this was my easiest choice. What the show lacked in pyrotechnics and synchronized dancing, it certainly made up for with good, up-tempo American rock n roll. I'll take that over an exposed nipple or prerecorded tracks any day of the year.
2. U2- 2002
In America's first time on the world stage since 9/11, an Irish quartet paid tribute to the lives lost during the attack and proceeded to tear through "Beautiful Day" and "Where the Streets Have No Name". Bono, ever the showman, even offered up one last tribute to the good ol' USA as the performance ended by showing an American Flag design inside his coat.
1. Blues Brothers, James Brown, ZZ Top- 1997
My all-time favorite Super Bowl Halftime Show came not musicians, but comedians, at least at the beginning of the show. Despite the fact that this Super Bowl Halftime Show coincided with the shameful Blues Brothers 2000 movie, it was still great to see Dan Akroyd on stage again. Throw in the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, and that little ol' band from Texas, ZZ Top, and it was 12 minutes for the ages.