Why the Bruno Mars/Red Hot Chili Peppers Super Bowl Halftime Show Was Painful to Watch

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For all of those fortunate enough to catch the Keyboard Cat playing Bruno Mars during the halftime of the Puppy Bowl on Sunday, I envy you. That's because I had to endure about 15 minutes of pure torture while watching the actual Bruno Mars performing with the Red Hot Chili Peppers during the bona fide Super Bowl halftime show. It was just so unbelievably politically correct that it hurt to watch.

The show began with a chorus line of children, wearing winter clothes that probably were too warm for the 50-degree conditions in which that the game was taking place, singing the Travie McCoy/Bruno Mars song "Billionaire."

Mars made his first appearance doing a drum solo, that, honestly, as it translates to television, was about as interesting as the rest of the game (which at that point was a 22-0 blowout favoring the Seattle Seahawks). The song began playing, probably over MetLife Stadium's PA system, because it didn't seem as though any of the performers was actually playing his instrument. (Plus, the song's actual singer, McCoy, wasn't on hand to perform.) And it did not get any better from there.

Mars followed up with "Locked Out of Heaven," and 2013's most annoying song sounded probably five times as bad with all the irritating "pageantry" that accompanies Super Bowl halftime shows.

It feels as though the Super Bowl's organizers have given up on trying to put on an intriguing halftime show. Ever since the above incident involving Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson, which happened exactly a decade ago, the NFL has instead settled for the biggest "safe" celebrity mash up they can possibly afford.

It really seems like there are no lengths to which the NFL (a.k.a. "No Fun League") and its commissioner, Roger Goodell, will not go to ensure that the league is looked upon favorably by middle America. And the blandness of the halftime show the last several years is evidence of such.


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Bruce Salvage
Bruce Salvage

Im like 900 years old and even i liked bruno mars.Didnt like the red hots air guitaring though.

Charles Riley Wanless
Charles Riley Wanless

Started trying to read this article and got almost all the way through page one before I couldn't stand it. If I want to read half-sophisticated complaining about irrelevant things, I would've just stayed on Facebook... ...and with that, I should probably log out...

Robert Garrett Brisbin
Robert Garrett Brisbin

thought the game was good but the commericals here alright not as good as last year and halftime blew

grumblegrumbler
grumblegrumbler

The halftime show was boring, I'll agree. Bruno Mars is an artist that doesn't offend but also doesn't excite. He has a good voice, but his music is so strategically formulated by music industry execs for top 40 lists that it's painful at times. You don't have to be an indie music fan or hipster to know who Matt and Kim are, just maybe listen to more than the crap the radio plays for you. Point is, everybody never agrees on artists performing at halftime show, so who cares what anybody thinks? Some liked it, some didn't, same story every year. 

Ramona de Noe
Ramona de Noe

He is sooo talented!! wow! i honestly believe he is going to supersede Michael Jackson!

Jack Howell
Jack Howell

The halftime show was outstanding - flaws and all. Terrible review. Jeff Moses completely misses the mark. New Times, you can do better.

Justin Grubb
Justin Grubb

Bruno went out and put on one of the best half time shows in a long time, 100x better than the Black Eyed Peas

Allen Bednar
Allen Bednar

The guy who wrote the article along with all people that posted that they never heard of Bruno Mars must live in a cave. Bruno Mars is #1 in what he does, nuff said.

Cris Cross
Cris Cross

The drum solo was cool. They should have stopped after a few of those.

LuAnn Gibson
LuAnn Gibson

I thought the halftime show was the only excitement the whole night. He did a great job!

Judy McDarby
Judy McDarby

His show was the best part of the whole game.

redrock435
redrock435

The halftime show was bogus! Hell RHCP didn't even have their guitars plugged in.... You people fall for anything that the media outs in your head.

Aaron Gibson
Aaron Gibson

It was a great halftime show. Jeff Moses needs to stop being a pretentious ass.

Pam Battaglini Kaufman
Pam Battaglini Kaufman

Jeff Moses - the author of this post, is a TOTAL ass. The performance was great, and where the hell does he get off complaining about acknowledging the men and women of the military, who - by the way- put their lives on the line to protect this jerks right to print such garbage.

Elle Chanel
Elle Chanel

Some people are just miserable and unhappy with themselves.

burt
burt

Having never heard of Bruno Mars or his music before the halftime show, I would say that I was entertained, but would not pursue his music on my own. It was a good halftime show.

Gayle Drager
Gayle Drager

Some people just don't know how good Bruno Mars is... Elle. The person who says it was for the dumb, obviously had way too much to drink before the game even started :) ignore the idiot!

Michael Finamore
Michael Finamore

Wait, the halftime show sucked?!? But...halftime shows never sucked. Except when they do...which is every time. NO. MORE. HALFTIME SHOWS.

Christina Villa
Christina Villa

I thought Bruno Mars brought class back! It was simple and honest! Sorry to the writer who probably expected to see some ass and tits during the halftime show. If you bring a shitty folk duo to a halftime show, ratings will plummet. And to your "honoring" the troops, seriously? Can't let 10 minutes go by without being reminded about the war?! Man, you have no class! Yes, lets just forget about our brothers and sisters fighting for to say stupid nonsense! You have your opinion, lets just hope next time you have one, the job you work for lets you do it on your own time.

Debra Sloman Benjamin
Debra Sloman Benjamin

Waste of time reading this...never a waste of time acknowledging our troops!!!...

Jami Wendler
Jami Wendler

Better than the game ...that's for sure...

Vyto Starinskas
Vyto Starinskas

So many people liked him, but I thought Bruno was very bad pop and boring. I would never pay money to see him. Sorry. Glad other people like him though and chill out. We have soldiers at war. Get upset about that.

Kiki Mata
Kiki Mata

I don't think it was that bad and I'm not a Bruno Mars fan.

Jim Gruzlewski
Jim Gruzlewski

Terrible choice for halftime show, but did enjoy the Seahawks big win!

Fuzz Milenko
Fuzz Milenko

I wanted more Red Hot Chili Peppers and a little less Bruno.

larrytwofeathers
larrytwofeathers

a bad review.. i was glued to the performance… it was live and full of energy.. very hard to duplicate again.. i guess it is a very good time to insert your own agenda.


Mi Chelle
Mi Chelle

Bruno Mars ROCKED!!! Clean, class show!! No wardrobe malfunction, no pole dancing act...just a class act...loving you Bruno Mars!! Thank you f or bringing CLASS back to the stage!!

Jon Crowley
Jon Crowley

"Warmongering" That may be the funniest fucking thing ever written about a halftime show, or any show for that matter. The Matt and Kim name drop was too cool for the squares as well. Time to hang it up kid; Pitchfork ain't hiring and nobody gives a shit about a sub-par indy duo from Brooklyn.

Jarrett Williams
Jarrett Williams

Screw you pop music! Screw you artists that get airplay! We want Death Cab or Bright Eyes at halftime!

Amber Tee
Amber Tee

I heard there was some football thing going on at the Bruno Mars concert last night...didn't see it though so I could neither confirm nor deny this information. :)

Skully Lawrence
Skully Lawrence

I don't get how people thought Bruno was so awesome. Maybe they just don't know anything about music, or they just take whatever the corporate bandwagon shoves down their throats. He doesn't have that great of a voice. There was no hook. just repeating the same boring chorus over and over. Not live, just pretending to play over tracks. I wouldn't pay to see that. Just sounds like all the other one dimensional pop artists, exempt Justin Timberlake. Who would have been a much better choice. I fell asleep twice during the game, a first for me. Very forgettable. Remember when Prince did the bowl? That was real! He really played the guitar and shredded. But then again, he has real talent, and ability.

Ganny Marcia
Ganny Marcia

Totally disagree with this article. I thought it was the highlight of the night! It was awesome!

Victor Hoelscher
Victor Hoelscher

In other news a cow was believed to have farted in a barn somewhere near the Oregon border.

cljohn2000
cljohn2000

Who is RPCM and Kim and Matt?? While I agree that the mix of Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers (RHCP) sucked, this article sucked more

eve_2000bc
eve_2000bc

I agree! I didn't like the game so me and my fiance drove to my mothers an hour away and then on DVR re-winded the entire game and I just watched the halftime. They had more talent singing and performing in half-time then any football player playing that day!!! hahahaha 


Who won? Oh well... I even forget the score!!!

logicman
logicman

yeah so the majority of the crowd will go slit their wrists after the performance

allanbartlett
allanbartlett

prince's guitar playing is adequate, nothing more.

larrytwofeathers
larrytwofeathers

@redrock435 @larrytwofeathers  you just repeated what i said.. the writer is trying to portray his agenda and opinions about a great performance that was hands down spectacular. the idea was to be entertaining and  memorable. the idea of calling the performance anything less is shallow and lacking of respect of the art. i read the writers review and realized it lacked a perception of appreciation and value in great talent. these are comments and are meant to be shared.. if you don't like it .. don't take it so hard.. i just know that i am expressing an idea and a thought.


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