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post #1 of 16
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I don't know about anyone else, but I was extremely disappointed with the half time show. Don't get me wrong, Paul McCartney is great, but imo just not right for a Super Bowl half time show. I was also very suprised that he was the only one performing.
I found that a lot of people do not know this, but the fans that gather right around the stage on the field of half time shows are not really fans so to speak. Here in Jax they were gathering up volunteers for a few months before the Super Bowl for the half time show. Their only job was to look like excited fans and cheer on Paul McCartney. (The real fans from the stadium are not allowed on the field thats why they use the volunteers). They practiced their "excited fan" cheering for weeks before the game. Anyway, that being said, I was watching the fans in the stands last night and not many of them were cheering and clapping during the half time show. I felt so bad for Sir Paul McCartney because he is a great singer and I was worried it may have hurt his feelings that the crowd wasn't as energetic and excited as they normally are at the big game.
I know that the situation with Janet Jackson at last years Super Bowl changed entertainment, but do you really think that they made way too much out of it? Do you think that instead of playing it safe so to speak with the entertainment they should televise with a delay so that if something occured like last year they could keep it from airing?
post #2 of 16
I'm sure the discussion on the halftime show this year was something along the lines of "Who can we get that is practically guaranteed not to offend anyone, pull any outrageous stunts, or make some sort of political statement?" Paul McCartney seems to fit all of those. It was pretty tame by halftime show standards, and certainly lacked the bling and excitement of years past.

Or maybe they were trying to cater to the older viewing audience instead of the teen/early 20s audience that they've done in the past?
post #3 of 16
I totally agree with:

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I'm sure the discussion on the halftime show this year was something along the lines of "Who can we get that is practically guaranteed not to offend anyone, pull any outrageous stunts, or make some sort of political statement?"
Unfortunately, it made for a really boring halftime show. I've seen Paul McCartney in concert. While he's no Janet Jackson, he isn't the type to just stand around either. They need more POW! for the halftime show.
post #4 of 16
I thought the way the stage was set up with those huge screens was excellent. I wasn't estatic about the selection of Beatles songs, but that's just my opinion. There's so many good ones, it had to be hard to choose. "Live and Let Die" was great. I think Sir Paul McCartney was a wonderful choice...OR maybe it's just that I would rather see Paul McCartney than Janet Jackson's tittie!
post #5 of 16
Being a young (26), single American male, I can honestly say that this years half time show, was, by far, the WORST half time show I have ever seen. Now I'm not saying that Paul McCartney is a bad performer, but his "style" of music is just not "right" for a Super Bowl half time show. I mean, this is THE game. And you put people to sleep at the half way mark with this?

And the commercials? WORST. COMMERCIALS. EVER. The Careerbuilder.com ones with the chimps were ok. And the Budlight with the pilot at the very beginning was funny too. At least the game was halfway decent.

This political correctness stuff has killed everything that is great about the Super Bowl. No one is taking any chances of offending anyone for the fear of being sued - which is really unfortunate.
post #6 of 16
Wow--I am so relieved to know that I am not the only one who thought that the halftime show was pathetic. Squirtle-your observation about the fans is dead on-even the pumped up fans who cheer for almost anything were just sitting there looking bewildered.

I know they were aiming for PC, but there are plenty of artists on the charts who haven't flashed live television-even if McCartney was the headliner they could have filled out the set with other performers. The preshow with Charlie Daniels and the others was far better and more suited to the crowd...and I say that not being huge fan of that music--it was just a good high energy performance.

I was happy when MTV took over the halftime shows because I thought that they were doing productions on the level that they should be done...and I thought the whole wardrobe malfunction crap was way way overblown.
post #7 of 16
I thought the half-time show was ok. I was really impressed with the pregame bringing in of the troops and the National Anthem sounded amazing.
post #8 of 16
It was really bad.... I would rather see Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction, at least that was exciting
post #9 of 16
I didn't like the halftime show either, as a football fan I prefer not to have a halftime show. I understand is the Super Bowl but every year the halftime show sucks. To me halftime is when you go do a little shopping or buy some food or even go to the bathroom.
post #10 of 16
Awwww.... I liked the half-time show, but then I like Paul McCartney and the Beatles. Also, I'm 34 so maybe it's because I'm old! I find the Janet Jackson/ Justin Timberlake performances to be too vapid and flashy for me, so I liked being able to croon along with some classic tunes.
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by Rockcat
I thought the way the stage was set up with those huge screens was excellent. I wasn't estatic about the selection of Beatles songs, but that's just my opinion. There's so many good ones, it had to be hard to choose. "Live and Let Die" was great. I think Sir Paul McCartney was a wonderful choice...OR maybe it's just that I would rather see Paul McCartney than Janet Jackson's tittie!
I don't watch football...I don't "do" sports period, but I would like to know what other songs he performed? Maybe it would have been the wrong venue, but I would have liked to heard the song "Something" in memory of George...he was always my favorite Beatle. How I remember all the fights we had as kids, as to who was the best looking Beatle...LOL, so long ago.
post #12 of 16
I thought the half-time show was fantastic. It was great to see Paul perform. He also did Hey Jude, Get Back, and one other song I can't remember at the moment. He still sounds great and will always be a class act.
post #13 of 16
Personally, I think it would be great if they got 2 or 3 college bands to play at half time. as an "we sorry the BCS screws you every year" type of thing
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by Mom of Franz
I don't watch football...I don't "do" sports period, but I would like to know what other songs he performed? Maybe it would have been the wrong venue, but I would have liked to heard the song "Something" in memory of George...he was always my favorite Beatle. How I remember all the fights we had as kids, as to who was the best looking Beatle...LOL, so long ago.
Besides what Deb25 said, I can't remember what else he did, although my BF enlightened me that they were songs that he wrote. (I'm not sure about Hey Jude though since it's a tribute to Julian Lennon - sweet that he played it for Superbowl.) Mom of Franz, my fav was always George too!
post #15 of 16
Well, I thought it was one of the best shows I've ever seen!! I can see where opinions on this are not only going down generational lines but also involves tastes in music. I hate rap. I despise rap and wonder often why people by this "music". So any rap "artist" would make me wander away from the t.v. and check on the snack table. McCartney and his music are classics and I loved the fact that there was NO lip synching and NO wardrobe malfunctions!
post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by TNCatFancier
I can see where opinions on this are not only going down generational lines but also involves tastes in music. I hate rap. I despise rap and wonder often why people by this "music". So any rap "artist" would make me wander away from the t.v. and check on the snack table. McCartney and his music are classics and I loved the fact that there was NO lip synching and NO wardrobe malfunctions!
Yup, I'm with you. I've seen/heard enough "in your face" video/music for a lifetime.
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