4 Acts I’d Rather See Play The Halftime Show Over Justin Timberlake
It’s been speculated for a while now, but it’s official: Justin Timberlake is going to be the halftime performer at next year’s Super Bowl in Minneapolis at U.S. Bank Stadium. All things considered, it’s not a bad choice. Mostly because it could have been a lot worse (think of the other huge pop artist named Justin – yeah, no thank you). But if you were to ask me to book the show? I’d have some other ideas.
4. Soul Asylum
I hate to bring this up, but the Super Bowl being in Minneapolis is another unfortunate reminder of how perfect it would have been to have Prince play the halftime show again. Could he have topped his previous performance, which was arguably the best halftime show ever? We’ll never know. That being said, let’s keep the Minnesota artist theme going and book Soul Asylum. How awesomely weird would it be to witness the Minneapolis band jam out an epic 12-minute performance of “Runaway Train” in 2017? Have Semisonic make a quick cameo shortly before you look them up on Wikipedia and remember that yes, Semisonic is also from the Twin Cities. Huh!
3. Guns N' Roses
GNR is one of the biggest bands ever. They’ve recently had one of the top-grossing tours in the past year. And with Axl Rose and Slash finally back together, why not celebrate by playing the halftime show for the first time? Seriously, the lights going dark inside U.S. Bank Stadium shortly followed by the first few chords of “Welcome To The Jungle” would be epic. This would be fun even if Axl insisted on playing something from Chinese Democracy.
...Topical! This would be like witnessing a slow-moving car wreck happening in real time. I would not be able to turn away. Admit it; neither could you! There would be so much anticipation leading up to this. Because who would he choose to insult? How many people would he choose to insult? Who would he end up offending? (Spoiler alert: everyone) I want to see Eminem unleash his trademark verbal fury with absolutely no time delay or censorship. Just imagine that happening. The field might be too scorched to play on after halftime. This could end up starting World War III. My grandmother would also not be a fan.
- Foo Fighters
Seriously, how has this not happened yet? Getting to see Dave Grohl shred his guitar in front of a worldwide audience might be even more entertaining than the game itself. Most importantly, the Foo Fighters deserve this. Come on, NFL. Don’t wait until they’re 40+ years past their prime like you did with The Who in 2010. I want a loud, badass performance of “All My Life” that fires up the NFC team before they destroy the Patriots by 40 points.
So that's me. And again, I’m sure JT will be perfectly fine at the end of the day. Who would you like to see entertaining U.S. Bank Stadium next year? Feel free to leave a message in the comments!