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Some Not So Great Super Bowl Halftime Shows

This year Madonna takes the stage for the halftime show at Super Bowl 46.  At first glance this seems to be another attempt of bringing in viewers with a nostalgia act.  Ever since the Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction in 2004, it seems the booking committee has looked mainly to the nursing homes to find stars like Paul McCartney, Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, and Prince.Finally last year, they went a little more modern with Black-Eyed Peas and Usher, but that performance had me longing for the sweet sounds of The Who.  Even the one country-themed show featured artists that were big, but not the biggest at the time.  In 1994, Clint Black, Wynonna, Travis Tritt, and Tanya Tucker performed.  In a time when Garth Brooks was the man, Brooks and Dunn were coming on strong, and Reba was queen, this lineup (especially Tucker, just didn’t fit).  I guess there’s never been a “great” halftime show, but there has been worse…many worse…even worse than the ones mentioned above.

Try on for size the preview of 1989′s show as Bob Costas gets you ready for the 3D magic of Elvis Presto.

Next, what goes best with football?  How ’bout Patti LaBelle, Tony Bennett, and the Miami Sound Machine, plus an Indiana Jones ripoff.  (By the way, the person who posted this Youtube video REALLY likes Patti LaBelle)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9VULY2Aby4

Finally, if the average football fan is a 25-54 year old male, they couldn’t wait for the 1991 halftime show featuring Disney characters and New Kids on The Block!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJi3cJHBHU0

I guess these aren’t the worst ever, but they certainly aren’t on par with Michael Jackson from 1993.  Really, looking back, there used to only be college bands, so I’ll give the producers a break, and try to enjoy some ginuwine lip-syncing from Madonna this Sunday.

 

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