The coveted Super Bowl halftime performance lasts just 12 minutes, but is often just as watched and talked about as the game itself.
This year’s performer was 28-year old pop entertainer Bruno Mars, who happened to invite the veteran alternative rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers to perform with him. RHCP came to fame in the ’80s and ’90s, with one of their most popular albums––Californication––being released in 1999.
The 12-minute show led off with Bruno and his backup singers performing Locked Out of Heaven. About eight minutes into the show, Bruno began singing RHCP’s Give it Away, and the Chili Peppers (lead singer Anthony Kiedis, bass player Flea and drummer Chad Smith) appeared on a platform behind Bruno.
Tattoo-filled Kiedis and Flea got people talking by performing shirtless––which isn’t unusual for the band to do during their shows.
While I’m not so sure the show appealed to the older generation of viewers, I was certainly a fan of the show Bruno and the Chili Peppers put on. However, as a big Red Hot Chili Peppers, I was rather disappointed in the very brief appearance by the band. Had they stuck around for one more song I would have been a little more satisfied.
But then again, it was Bruno’s show. He probably didn’t want them to steal the show.
As for Mars, he gave his audience a mix of Elvis and Michael Jackson in his performance, dressing like Elvis and showing off his MJ-esque dance moves.
Given the Seattle blowout of Denver, the Bruno Mars/RHCP Pepsi Halftime performance may have been the most entertaining part of the entire evening.