By Roy Trakin
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – After the power, presence and flash of Prince, Beyonce, Bruce Springsteen, U2 and Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl halftime performances — not to mention the controversy of this weekend’s Maroon 5-Travis Scott spot — it’s hard to believe that the big game’s intermission show used to consist of college marching bands along with performers like the lily-white singing/dancing troupe Up with People and the late, great Carol Channing.
In retrospect, it’s surprising that it took 26 Super Bowls for people to realize the marketing potential a 12-minute show with an audience that is now estimated to be 100 million people — the single biggest audience for any musical performance on Earth. As the Stones, McCartney, Gaga and others have learned, it might be the best possible way to promote an upcoming tour.
The turning point came on Jan. 31, 1993, with Super Bowl XXVII, when Michael Jackson stood silently at center-stage for what seemed like an eternity before launching into an almost definitely lip-synched medley of “Why You Wanna Trip on Me,” “Jam,” “Billie Jean,” “Black or White” and, with a choir of 3,500 L.A. school kids singing along to “Heal the World.” It was a long way from 1967, when the first Super Bowl, still inelegantly called the AFL-NFL World Championship Game, was played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before a crowd of 61,946 — far less than the 75,144 capacity — with a top ticket price of $12. The halftime entertainment consisted of New Orleans horn player Al Hirt and the marching bands from University of Arizona and Grambling State University.
And while the Halftime Show has certainly come a long way, there have been plenty of forgotten and/or forgettable performances. Here are six that we almost guarantee you won’t remember.
1988: “Something Grand” featuring the …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment