Sunday night’s (February 6) broadcast of Super Bowl XLV had just about everything you could ask for, including a tight game (the Green Bay Packers jumped out to an early lead, then slipped as the Pittsburgh Steelers battled back before the Pack finally shut it down and won 31-25), a handful of memorable commercials (including an extra-long Chrysler spot starring Eminem and the long-awaited on-screen collaboration between Justin Bieber and Ozzy Osbourne) and plenty of top-shelf musical moments, lead by the sparkly, over-the-top halftime show put on by the Black Eyed Peas.
But even though the Peas trotted out some of their biggest hits (including the current smash “The Time (Dirty Bit)” and modern classics like “Let’s Get It Started” and “Where Is the Love?”), the 12-minute set was stolen by none other than guitarist Slash. The former Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver axe man was lifted onto the stage from below (wearing an extra-shiny version of his trademark hat) and broke right into the riff from Guns’ classic track “Sweet Child o’ Mine.” Fergie joined him on his platform, and the pair ripped through the song with an extra-loud stamp.
This isn’t the first time that Slash and Fergie have collaborated, as the Black Eyed Peas’ singer was one of the voices the guitarist tapped for his 2010 self-titled solo album (which also featured vocal contributions from the likes of Chris Cornell, Kid Rock, Dave Grohl and Iggy Pop). In fact, the song “Beautiful Dangerous” is one of the strongest efforts from Slash, featuring the be-hatted one’s signature heavy blues licks and a sexy, dangerous vocal turn from Fergie.
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