The Industry

Bruno Mars and RHCP Are as Edgy as Super Bowl Shows Will Ever Be, and That's OK

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Justin Timberlake exposing a little too much of Janet Jackson's body during a halftime Super Bowl performance. It seems like it has taken that long for the producers of the Super Bowl to feel safe about booking modern performers again. Aside from MIA flipping the bird for the camera and the non-controversy-played-as-controversy of Bruce Springsteen performing to a backing track, the halftime performances since Nipplegate have been either a victory lap for reliable veteran performers like The Who and Paul McCartney or a dazzling light and dance spectacle with the Black Eyed Peas and Beyoncé.

For Super Bowl XLVIII, the engaging and entertaining Bruno Mars will take stage with the funky Red Hot Chili Peppers on February 2nd at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Don't expect another Nipplegate, but don't be surprised if a certain sector of the audience (the sector that will tune into talk radio and network TV morning shows the following morning) finds something objectionable about either Mars and/or the Chili Peppers.

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Eric Grubbs is a Dallas-based writer who has published two books, Post: A Look at the Influence of Post-Hardcore 1985-2007 and When We Were the Kids. His writing has been featured in Punk Planet, Popdose, Fort Worth Weekly, The Dentonite and LA Weekly. He supports Manchester City and will never root for Manchester United.
Contact: Eric Grubbs