Who Should Perform at the Super Bowl Instead of Katy Perry?
We can now definitively say that the period between 2001-10 was the golden era of Super Bowl halftime shows. After all, a whopping seven out of 10 performers were drawn from the classic-rock era, starting with Aerosmith and continuing through U2, Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and the Who.
Since then? Not so much. Katy Perry, who’ll perform this week during Super Bowl XLIX at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., continues a more recent trend toward pop music that’s included artists like the Black Eyed Peas, Bruno Mars and Beyonce.
Who would you rather instead?
Legacy groups that have recently put out new material like AC/DC, Kiss or Van Halen? Or what about someone with local flavor like Alice Cooper — who went to high school, and started his music career, in the area? What about Judas Priest, whose frontman Rob Halford has been a resident of Paradise Valley, Ariz., for three decades? Yes and Poison also have members with ties to Arizona.
Or would you go bigger, with long-hoped-for reunions of the remaining members of Led Zeppelin or the original lineup of Guns N’ Roses? Maybe Fleetwood Mac, whose Stevie Nicks used to live in Arizona? Something more patriotic, like heartland rockers Bob Seger or Bon Jovi? Or sentimental, like Rush or Motley Crue — both of whom are apparently winding down their touring days?
The choice is yours. We picked some of our favorite classic-rock artists who’ve yet to play the big game. Vote now for which one you’d rather see on Sunday Bowl Sunday.
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