After a few weeks of speculation, both the NFL and the band confirmed that the Black Eyed Peas will provide entertainment during halftime at Super Bowl XLV. The quartet, whose new album The Beginning hits store shelves on Tuesday (November 30), will take over the field at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on February 6 (right after the New York Jets inevitably take the lead over the Green Bay Packers in the big game). They join the likes of U2, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, the Who and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers among contemporary halftime acts who have run the show all by themselves.
Of course, being the Super Bowl halftime headliner is generally a thankless job, as it demands that a group distill their best efforts into only a handful of minutes and puts them in front of a lot of people who wouldn't normally be fans. While the Black Eyed Peas are a reasonable choice for the show (they totally dominated the Billboard charts last year and will probably do the same with The Beginning), but who else might have been better? Here are five picks we might have made before we settled on will.i.am and company.
The guy can do just about anything (he managed to convincingly perform at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, after all) and he put out one of the biggest albums of the year in My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. What better way to complete West's victory lap than with 15 minutes of his particular brand of spectacle?
They had to cancel a bunch of concert dates in the United States this year because of singer Bono's back problems, and even though they're coming back for make-up dates next spring, shouldn't their return to the States be on one of the biggest stages of them all? They've done the gig before, and they have no trouble blowing the roof off of stadiums.
What's more Texas than ZZ Top? Nothing. The answer is nothing.
She already has experience playing in stadiums, and she'll have a lot country music fans hanging around for support. Really, her biggest problem would be figuring out what songs to leave behind in order to present the show on time.
Guns N' Roses
Because Axl is just about due for yet another comeback, and the biggest television stage of the year seems like an appropriate place for it. Plus, "Paradise City" only gets better with age.
Who would you book for the Super Bowl halftime show? Let us know in the comments!