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 Radio Shack apparently is trying to reestablish relevancy by poking fun at its outdated image -- and it may have worked!
So do we agree this Radio Shack ad is the winner? https://t.co/j5D69OHqiS— Steve Faguy (@fagstein) February 3, 2014
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.
On a scale of 1-areola, how worried are the brass at FOX about a Bruno Mars nip slip?— Kate Stayman-London (@_ksl) February 3, 2014
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:
Bruno Mars having a fan girl moment while performing with Anthony Kiedis from RHCP pic.twitter.com/rS35M2nsF5— FLEA (@thisisSamGomez) February 3, 2014
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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