Last night’s Super Bowl Halftime show – Beyonce’s tribute to Beyonce – blew up Twitter and possibly caused a power failure at New Orleans’ Superdome. But hey, at least no one flipped the bird or had a nip slip. So with another showbiz extravaganza behind us, we decided to look ahead to next year and offer our picks on who we’d like to see play the Super Bowl in 2014.
(Note: since the Super Bowl doesn’t invite the same artists back more than once, The Who, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Prince, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Sting, U2, Aerosmith, Phil Collins, Stevie Wonder, KISS, Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, The Blues Brothers, ZZ Top, Diana Ross and Patti LaBelle are all out of the running.)
1. Van Halen
It would have been great if they launched their reunion with David Lee Roth at the big game, but their songs are often heard at sports events, so why not have the real thing in person playing some of their classics? Van Halen was rumored to be on the shortlist this year (and in a few other years in the past).
“We Will Rock You” and “We Are The Champions” are two of the biggest jock jams anyway. Get Brian May and Roger Taylor (perhaps joined by retired bassist John Deacon) to do five songs, each with a different singer. Really, it’s the only way for Queen to “replace” Freddie Mercury – the job is too big for just one man (or woman). (Sorry Paul Rodgers) And by the way, don’t call Axl: this thing’s on a time table.
3. Foo Fighters
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These guys are super intense live, whether they are playing in a fan’s garage (which they’ve done before) or in a stadium (been there, done that). Plus, the Super Bowl loves special guests, and Dave Grohl & Co. are great at collaborating. Exhibit A: their recent shows as the Sound City Players saw them backing John Fogerty, Stevie Nicks and Rick Springfield (and doing Cheap Trick covers with Rick Nielsen sitting in).
4. John Fogerty
Speaking of John Fogerty, what would be more American than a set of Creedence Clearwater Revival songs? Plus, he’s got a new solo record coming out this May with a wide array of famous pals like Foo Fighters, Brad Paisley and Jennifer Hudson. A collaborative performance could please fans of many types of music.
— Brian Ives, Radio.com