Report: Maroon 5 to headline Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show

If you had Maroon 5’s “Girls Like You” on repeat this summer, then the latest news about who may be headlining next year’s Super Bowl halftime show will have you bumping and grinding all over again. On Wednesday (Sept. 19), rumors began circulating that the California-founded band had been confirmed as the halftime show performers for the 2019 incarnation of football’s major event.

Variety was the first to report that the Adam Levine-fronted act had secured the highly sought-after position. In their report, the publication also noted that the group’s lengthy list of collaborations including hits like “Girls Like You” with Cardi B., “What Lovers Do” with SZA, “Cold” with Future, and “Don’t Wanna Know” with Kendrick Lamar could open the door for similar appearances during the show.

Similarly, Us Weekly also reports that “the offer has been extended and they’ve pretty much accepted.”

This isn’t the first time that the band’s name has been thrown around as potential performers for the in-demand slot. During an interview in 2015 with Howard Stern, Levine told the host that the group had been on the short list for quite some time.

“We very actively want to play the Super Bowl,” the Voice coach admitted to Stern during the broadcast.

A representative for the band has yet to comment on the reported confirmation. While it looks lie it’s pretty much a done deal, Maroon 5 are still on the road touring behind 2017’s Red Pill Blues.

Super Bowl LIII will take place at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta in Feb. 3 2019.

Free Pre-Super Bowl Concerts Announced

Football’s biggest night is quickly upon us and in anticipation of the night which will find the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos go head-to-head, several free concerts have been announced. On Monday (Feb. 1), Go90, Verizon’s free social entertainment app, announced several pre-Super Bowl concerts. Fall Out Boy, Hunter Hayes, and Skrillex will perform at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco. The artists will perform separately on the Thursday (Feb. 4), Friday (Feb. 5), and Saturday (Feb. 6) before Super Bowl 50.

Tickets for the shows are free, so they will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets for the shows will be available on Go90’s website here. For fans of country star Hayes, his free tickets will be available today. For those who are interested in attending Fall Out Boy’s set, those tickets will become available Tuesday, Feb. 2. For those who want to see Skrillex DJ, tickets to his show will become available on Wednesday, Feb. 3. For those who unfortunately miss out on the ticket raffle, or are not able to attend, the shows will be streamed online.

Fall Out Boy, Hayes, and Skrillex already join a musically packed week. The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alicia Keys, and Metallica have already been confirmed to appear at pre-Super Bowl events. We also can’t forget the band who will be performing during the iconic halftime slot: Coldplay. In addition to Coldplay, it was confirmed last week that Beyoncé will make an appearance alongside the United Kingdom-based band. If we’re right, it means that Coldplay’s performance will include their recent single, “Hymn for the Weekend” which features the pop star.

Super Bowl 50 will take place this Sunday, Feb. 7, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA.

Katy Perry “Roars” the Audience to Life During Super Bowl Halftime

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Katy Perry blew the retractable roof off of the University of Phoenix Stadium field in Glendale, AZ during her highly anticipated Super Bowl Halftime Show.

We might be a little bias with our opinion of the show, but it’s probably been one of the best from the past couple of years. With a setlist that covered some of her biggest hits including a special rendition of “I Kissed a Girl” with Lenny Kravitz and inviting Missy Elliot to the stadium grounds to perform some of her own songs, it’s was all around awesome and rocking.

Oh yeah, and there were fireworks, a floating comet, LED lights in beach balls and some palm tree, some killer visual effects on the grounds and beach balls and sharks with massive smiley faces (and an outfit that might become 2015’s Halloween costume).

Check out the performance below.

Katy Perry Denies Paying to Play Super Bowl Halftime

Katy Perry

When Katy Perry officially announced she had been chosen for the Super Bowl Halftime show, everyone began asking just how much the pop star had paid for the gig due to the National Football League’s recent request to try and extort money from performers in a “pay-to-play” scheme.

According to the pop star, who beat out acts like Coldplay and close friend Rihanna for the gig, she didn’t pay a single cent.

At the beginning of the talks, Perry reportedly made it clear that she would not pay to play at “football’s biggest night” saying at the time, “I’m not the kind of girl who would pay to play the Super Bowl.”

In a new interview, it appears that the “Teenage Dream” singer stuck to her guns, claiming that she did not give in to the NFL’s requests.

“I put my foot down very early in the courtship,” explained Perry to the Associated Press.

“I said, ‘Look guys, here’s where I draw a line in the sand.’ I want to be invited on my own merits and not with some fine print. I don’t even care if my contract leaks. I have nothing to hide, basically.”

Perry’s performance will reportedly run 12 minutes long and consists of “two worlds.” Whatever that means.

She already revealed that Lenny Kravitz will be one of her special guests for the performance which might, in a way describe, the whole two world performance idea. Word has also started to spread that Perry would be bringing another special guest for the performance.

At the time, there’s no official confirmation, but some are speculating Rihanna is the other guest.

When asked about her performance, Perry said: “I’m all about female empowerment and uplifting people’s spirit, and people finding their own voice with songs like ‘Roar’ and ‘Firework,’ so maybe there is no better person [for the show]. Hopefully, I can bring that incredible strength and empowerment to people throughout the performance.”

Considering she was the most likely from the initial list to be chosen for the gig, we have a feeling she’ll be able to accomplish just that, even if we are a little bias here.

Super Bowl XLIX will take place on Feb. 1 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in, where else, Phoenix, AZ.

Katy Perry to Officially Headline Super Bowl Halftime Show


It’s been over a month since rumors surfaced that Katy Perry would, indeed, be headlining the National Football League’s Super Bowl Halftime Show in 2015.

Last night, the pop star revealed that she has signed up to be the performer for “football’s biggest night.”

Inside sources all but confirmed she had been chosen for the gig last month during the height of talks and a series of tweets after her first win on the American Music Awards last night, gave us the confirmation we had been waiting on.

It appears the NFL got their wish by coaxing Perry into performing. A few months ago when the “payola” scandal was revealed, inside sources had claimed the NFL has a few artists in mind for the gig including Coldplay, Rihanna, and Perry. Considering Perry has a wider appeal than the others, she seemed like the logical choice for the show.

As soon as the news made its way across the internet, Pepsi revealed Perry’s teaser for the show which includes edible glitter, unicorns, a time machine, kittens, her “outfit” and more.

While KatyKats might be excited to see their “idol” take to the green during the Super Bowl, we need to once again bring up the fact that the NFL wanted a cut of the musician’s money post-performance or a sizable “donation” for all the publicity they will garner from the show.

We’re hoping Katy’s people told the NFL to bugger off with that outrageous demand considering their ratings for the actual game last year sucked and the Bruno Mars/Red Hot Chili Peppers performance was what actually brought in the big numbers.

Super Bowl XLIX will take place on Feb. 1 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

Flea Address Red Hot Chili Pepper Unplugged Halftime Show


While most of the people who watched the Super Bowl halftime were in awe by how great Bruno Mars’ performance was and even more impressed by how a half of the Red Hot Chili Peppers were half naked in the cold, some noticed that the band’s instruments were not plugged in. After that, it was like a miniature version of “nipple-gate” all over again.

While it took two days for someone from the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ camp to respond, bassist Flea has come out finally to address why the band did not have their gear plugged in during their performance. In his message, he reveals that the instrument were in fact not plugged in and that the bass, drums and guitar were pre-recorded, but singing was all live.

The full statement, straight from the Chili Peppers’ site can be read here.

A Message From Flea

Dear everybody,

When we were asked by the NFL and Bruno to play our song Give It Away at the Super Bowl, it was made clear to us that the vocals would be live, but the bass, drums, and guitar would be pre-recorded. I understand the NFL’s stance on this, given they only have a few minutes to set up the stage, there a zillion things that could go wrong and ruin the sound for the folks watching in the stadium and the t.v. viewers. There was not any room for argument on this, the NFL does not want to risk their show being botched by bad sound, period.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers stance on any sort of miming has been that we will absolutely not do it. The last time we did it (or tried to) was in the late 80’s, we were thrown off of ‘The Top Of the Pops’ television program in the U.K. during rehearsals because we refused to mime properly, I played bass with my shoe, John played guitar atop Anthony’s shoulders, and we basically had a wrestling match onstage, making a mockery of the idea that it was a real live performance.

We mimed on one or two weird MTV shows before that and it always was a drag. We take our music playing seriously, it is a sacred thing for us, and anyone who has ever seen us in concert (like the night before the Super Bowl at the Barclays Center), knows that we play from our heart, we improvise spontaneously, take musical risks, and sweat blood at every show. We have been on the road for 31 years doing it.

So, when this Super Bowl gig concept came up, there was a lot of confusion amongst us as whether or not we should do it, but we eventually decided, it was a surreal-like, once in a life time crazy thing to do and we would just have fun and do it. We had given this a lot of thought before agreeing to do it, and besides many a long conversation amongst ourselves, I spoke with many musician friends for whom I have the utmost respect, and they all said they would do it if asked, that it was a wild trippy thing to do, what the hell. Plus, we the RHCP all love football too and that played a big part in our decision. We decided that, with Anthony singing live, that we could still bring the spirit and freedom of what we do into the performance, and of course we played every note in the recording specially for the gig. I met and spoke with Bruno, who was a beautiful dude, a real talented musician, and we worked out something that seemed like it would be fun.

We recorded a track for the day, just banged one out from our hearts that was very like in spirit to the versions we have been playing live the last few years with our beloved Josh on guitar.

For the actual performance, Josh, Chad, and I were playing along with the pre recorded track so there was no need to plug in our guitars, so we did not. Could we have plugged them in and avoided bumming people out who have expressed disappointment that the instrumental track was pre recorded? Of course easily we could have and this would be a non-issue. We thought it better to not pretend. It seemed like the realest thing to do in the circumstance. It was like making a music video in front of a gazillion people, except with live vocals, and only one chance to rock it. Our only thought was to bring the spirit of who we are to the people.

I am grateful to the NFL for having us. And I am grateful to Bruno, who is a super talented young man for inviting us to be a part of his gig. I would do it all the same way again.

We, as a band, aspire to grow as musicians and songwriters, and to continue to play our guts out live onstage for anyone who wants to get their brains blown out.



Watch Bruno Mars’ Halftime Show

Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show

We’re you one of the few that didn’t watch the only entertaining thing about the Super Bowl last night? Don’t sweat it, we have Bruno Mars’ full performance right here which includes four of his songs and the Red Hot Chili Peppers performing one of their songs with Mars’ and his band’s assistance.

Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers to Cover Led Zeppelin


Surprised was probably how some fans felt when it was revealed that the Red Hot Chili Peppers would be taking the stage with Bruno Mars during this year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show. Some fans of the Hawaiian singer probably thought at first that the California-rockers were invading the singer’s special moment by announcing they would be performing as well.

Turned out that Mars had been the one to contact the Chili Peppers and invite them to perform with him during the iconic time period.

At the time, and even know, it is unknown what exactly is going to happen during that time slot, but if you take what Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith said in a recent interview, the performance is going to involved a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Daze and Confused.”

You can watch the interview featuring Smith thanks to Artisan News here.

Performing with Mars won’t be the only connection that the Chili Peppers will have with the Super Bowl this year; the “Californication” group will be involved in a series of concerts around New York during the weekend.

Red Hot Chili Peppers to Join Bruno Mars for Super Bowl Half-Time


A little bit of spice has been added to Bruno Mars’ Super Bowl Halftime show in the form of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Early this weekend, it was revealed that the California-based band would be joining Bruno Mars during the iconic halftime show at this year’s Super Bowl.

According to the Los Angeles Times who broke the news, the band was invited to join the singer by his personal invitation. The Chili Peppers were already scheduled to perform in that area as part of a pre-Super Bowl show in Brooklyn for WFAN’s “Say Hello to Brooklyn” showcase at the Barclays Center on February 1.

At the current moment, it has not been revealed whether The Chili Peppers will be taking the place of Mars’ usual backing band or if it’s going to be a one shot deal with the band coming on stage to perform one of their own tracks with Mars singing.

No matter the reasoning behind the decision, the NFL should be a little grateful for it because the invitation might bring in a wider range of fans to watch the halftime showing increasing the already high ratings it usually garners.

The NFL’s biggest night is set to take place on February 2 in New Jersey.

Bruno Mars Confirmed to Perform at Super Bowl Halftime


UPDATE: It was announced earlier today through a video on Youtube, that Bruno Mars has in fact been confirmed to be next year’s Super Bowl halftime performer.

The announcement can be seen below:

So, what songs should we be rooting for to make it onto the setlist of the halftime show?

According to an article published earlier today by the Associated Presses, it looks like Bruno Mars might be the lucky musician to perform at next year’s Super Bowl halftime show. A source close to the Super Bowl entertainment plan had asked to be left anonymous when reporting the news because it has yet to be officially announced by the league. So far, the league have not commented on the report, but the official announced is expected to be released Sunday.

If it’s true that the Grammy-winner will be taking on the task as halftime performer, the event is scheduled to take place on February 2 at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

The singer was most recently awarded ‘Best Male Video’ for “Locked Out of Heaven” and ‘Best Choreography’ for “Treasure” at the MTV Video Music Awards last month where he also performed his newest single, “Gorilla.”

This past year, the Super Bowl took place in New Orleans, where the Baltimore Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers, 34-31. The honor of the halftime performance was given to Beyoncé which in turn, resulted in a slight Destiny’s Child reunion right before the memorable power outage that left the stadium in the black and pushing the game back.