Another Foreign Band To Play The Super Bowl L Half-Time Show

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Why don’t American musicians want to play the USA’s premiere (non-paying) gig?

The NFL has announced the half-time show act playing Super Bowl L and, once again, they’re not home-grown talent. Coldplay, one of the UK’s most mellow acts, is going to show up on February 7th to help calm down NFL fans on their way to the bathroom or heading to the kitchen to get everyone more beers.


The announcement has been met with a some friction, as some Americans wonder why the NFL would book a band that isn’t American for the most American of annual events.

There’s a pretty straightforward answer to that.


Since 2000, Phil Collins, U2, Shania Twain, Sting, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones and CSI soundtrack composers The Who have played the half-time show, either exclusively or with other acts.

To be honest, we’re not that surprised that people don’t remember who played the half-time show. A month after the Super Bowl is done, the country gets hit with a collective neuralyzer, where no one can remember which act played the half-time show and which city it was played in (which is why these are such good pub trivia questions).

A few months later, we’re hit with another neuralyzer blast which makes everyone forget who actually played. The only people exempted are those who actually attended the game and the fans of the teams who played.

And once again, this is a non-paying gig. Hell, Coldplay may have even paid to get the spot. At the beginning of the season, the NFL floated the idea that they might try to get some cash in exchange for the spot.

Then there’s the whole bit where no one’s instruments are plugged in, so it’s more of a Milli Vanilli audition than an actual concert.

In the meantime, we recommend our readers concern themselves more with whether the Patriots can overcome enough injuries to return to the Super Bowl this season.

-Tristan Pinnock, Blast Football Correspondent

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