Super Bowl Highlights: Fully Clothed Bruno Mars Gets More Swoons Than Shirtless Anthony Kiedis

BONO SWINGS A MICROPHONE

Band-of-nearly-40-years (HOLY SHIT!) U2 debuted its new song "Invisible" during a commercial and offered it for free on iTunes in its continuing efforts to raise AIDS awareness. The song didn't suck, and Bono's floating mic took us back to the band's 2011 show at Busch Stadium. A new album and tour are coming, folks. We can smell it.


DEE SNIDER AND ALF LOVE RADIO SHACK

In one of the best commercials of the night, a crap-ton of '80s stars had a ball in Radio Shack. We're talking hip-hop artists Kid 'n' Play, Twisted Sister's Dee Snider, gold-medal gymnast Mary Lou Retton, ALF and more. Radio Shack apparently is trying to reestablish relevancy by poking fun at its outdated image -- and it may have worked!


MICHAEL JACKSON'S GHOST LIVES IN BRUNO MARS...

When word got out that Bruno Mars would serve as the Super Bowl's main entertainment, we were OK with it. But now that we've witnessed this marvel? OH MY GOD, WE ARE SWOONING! Say what you want about his music being "just radio pop," this man knows how to entertain. Mars began his set with what may have been any Super Bowl's first drum solo and followed that up with sweet, sweet dancing with a stage full of musicians in gold lamé jackets. He deserves to star in a Motown biopic, people. Mars' songs "Locked out of Heaven," "Treasure" and "Runaway Baby" were fun and sexy, leaving many Twitter folks fanning themselves.

So thanks to Bruno Mars, the halftime show was kind of neat... until...

...UNTIL RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS CRAPPED ALL OVER IT

We became amped when Mars started singing the chorus to "Give It Away," beckoning co-halftime headliners the Red Hot Chili Peppers to the stage. Maybe this would be as interesting of a mashup as Kendrick Lamar joining Imagine Dragons during the Grammys? Uh, no. The shirtless Chili Peppers came off haggard and maybe a little desperate when performing beside the youthful Mars. Anthony Kiedis and friends stayed only for the one song before letting Mars close out the set with his hit "Just the Way You Are."

But this happened, and it was adorable:

And that was that. Some other music stuff happened during the second half of the game -- GoldieBlox used a possibly-stolen song from Quiet Riot to hawk girl toys and Bob Dylan tried to be Eminem in a new Chrysler commercial -- but honestly, we didn't care. We'd had our fill of tortilla chips and guacamole, and we called it a night. Willow from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" put it best:

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Lynn Meoli
Lynn Meoli

Bruno is great all the way around!!!

Angie Freesmeier
Angie Freesmeier

Um, yeah cause we aren't subjected to enough country crap already :/ Bruno rocked it. Could have done without RHCP -

Eric Sellers
Eric Sellers

The Super Bowl halftime show is for seasoned veteran stars in my opinion and I thought Bruno Mars sucked! Also the combination of the RHCP and Bruno was dumb! Sick and tired of seeing pop stars on the show. Get some good country artists next time. THAT HALFTIME SHOW SUCKED!

Steve Engelman
Steve Engelman

Take a better look at the input jack of the pink colored stratocaster used during the bruno mars set. If you know what a wireless system is... you should know that you still need to plug the transmitter into the input jack of the guitar to connect wirelessly to the receiver...

Ben Mansfield
Ben Mansfield

don't let the 20 year age difference factor into your reporting....

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

what does alan jackson have to do with you not understanding that they have had wireless guitar systems for about 30 years?

Hannah Williams
Hannah Williams

I definitely have a new found respect for the obviously talented Bruno Mars. He busted a move out there and sounded great!

Curtis Babers
Curtis Babers

Ummmm.... this is the single best picture to represent excited ladies that has ever been in existence. Especially in the timeline crop.

Sharon Gladney
Sharon Gladney

wrong...bruno was great...he is the star...rhcp had their day.

Jen Moore
Jen Moore

Well duh Anthony kiedis is in his 50's now! He looks great but the chili peppers are way past their heyday

Greg Boyle
Greg Boyle

All I could watch was the AWESOME lighting and fireworks.... but then again...

Keith Mccollum
Keith Mccollum

The RHCP played a song they had over 20 years ago...guess nothing they've done since was Super Bowl worthy

Ann Stillwell
Ann Stillwell

Good show I can honestly say it was one of the few half time shows I thought was really entertaining. They are usually really hokie or the sound and dancing is bad. This time they got it right for once.

Barbara Brown Lyon
Barbara Brown Lyon

I enjoyed it. It was tastefully done. As an almost 70 year old, I love Bruno Mars, and have always liked RHCP. but my musical tastes are quite varied. At the age of 60, we took in a 13 year old boy to raise,and Ii haven't been the same ssince!

Craig Stevens
Craig Stevens

I saw too many man nipples. Equal rights for all nipples!!!

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

compared to the complete crap ( black eyed peas... really? ) they have had the last few years, it was good to see the headliner actually *gasp* play an instrument.

Steve Engelman
Steve Engelman

I think they should've plugged their guitars in at least..

Tony Bologna
Tony Bologna

It was blasphemous that that twat got billing over the Red Hot Chili Peppers

Robin Gray
Robin Gray

I'm sorry, but this is totally wrong? There should have been more RHCP, less Bruno!

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