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I'm not sure what kind of chance I'd have if the newspapers ran stuff like this before I was going to play.
....those few minutes will be the most crucial and thoroughly scrutinized in this young pop musician's booming career, in a show that has been second-guessed for months....Compared with previous artists who have played to national television audiences of 100 million or more on the coveted Super Bowl stage....Mr. Mars seemed to lack the stature and longevity....For the N.F.L., the selection of Mr. Mars is a potentially risky experiment for the halftime show, as the league forgoes a heavily mined supply of time-tested musicians in favor of a younger and relatively hipper headlining act. But the biggest risk of all is to Mr. Mars himself, who, in the span of a few songs, can either prove that he is a rising talent worthy of this distinction or that his detractors were right to be skeptical.
"He needs to really come across strongly and obviously not fall flat on his face, or it could kill his career," said Gary Bongiovanni, the editor in chief of Pollstar, a publication that tracks the concert tour industry....
They even saw fit to throw in this:
In the last year....Mr. Mars's concerts had grossed $72.4 million from 84 shows, at an average ticket price of about $66 — still far less than is charged by competitors like Justin Bieber, who gets about $90 a ticket, or Beyoncé, who charges about $111.
....Mr. Mars may come across as authentic and guileless, but he has further raised eyebrows by adding the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the aggressively nonconformist and sometimes underdressed Southern California funk-rock band, as a special guest to his Super Bowl set. "It seemed like somebody was getting the jitters," Mr. Rosen said. "Probably too many people were saying, 'Bruno Mars?' "
Still, he said:
"No matter where I perform, it’s my job to uplift the people. So whether I'm performing at a graduation party, a wedding, a bar mitzvah, the Grammys, the Super Bowl, I'm going to give it all I got. Whatever happens, happens. I ain't scared, if that's what you think."
Good for him. I was interested even before this. I'm more interested now.
Loc: Rockford, IL
Maybe look at it from an audience perspective... It could be that programmers are trying to lower audience expectations a notch or three after the trend of over-hyping the half-time shows for so many years. No doubt, though, the trend of public displays of darkness and depravity will continue. That part is not likely to change.
Have you ever heard Louis Black's take on Super Bowl halftime shows? In my opinion, this is insightful commentary (and entertaining ), and well worth the time to listen to with a critical ear:
And BTW, it's not just "playing" (need I say) -- it's a whole "performance."
It started out with him doing a fairly extended percussion thing in the middle of the intro, then getting up and doing the singing/dancing/whatever. And there were at least two contrasting "songs" (I think that's the right word for this). I don't know about this kind of stuff, so I can't tell you what it was or if it was good, but I didn't mind it ....and I found his whole thing very impressive and very well done -- and anyway it was clear that he wasn't screwing up or "ruining his career." He's a multi-talented, poised, dynamic and charismatic performer.
Agreed. It was a great performance and was well executed. Mars is a skilled performer and a good man it seems too.
_________________________ "A good intention but fixed and resolute - bent on high and holy ends, we shall find means to them on every side and at every moment; and even obstacles and opposition will but make us 'like the fabled specter-ships,' which sail the fastest in the very teeth of the wind." R. W. Emerson
And BTW, it's not just "playing" (need I say) -- it's a whoe "performance."
It started out with him doing a fairly extended percussion thing in the middle of the intro, then getting up and doing the singing/dancing/whatever. And there were at least two contrasting "songs" (I think that's the right word for this). I don't know about this kind of stuff, but I didn't mind it ....and I found his whole thing very impressive and very well done -- and anyway it was clear that he wasn't screwing up or "ruining his career." He's a multi-talented, poised, dynamic and charismatic performer.
And a good songwriter too. By the way, feel free to call that stuff "songs". It's not like the audience calls it anything different.
Loc: Melbourne, Australia
Originally Posted By: Minnesota Marty
For as long as I can remember, I've heard and played the National Anthem (S.S.B.) as written in 3/4 time.
Fleming sang the first half in 4/4 time. A number of Bowls ago, there was a truly bad pop singer who did the same thing. I'm not into variations on the Anthem.
I didn't like it either. I'm not American, but your anthem is probably the greatest one on Earth and I felt offended for you guys when I heard this. the 4/4 time was bad enough, but the extra bar after each 8 bar verse made it sound extra cheesy/Hollywood. The anthem should be predictable and strong, and in 3/4 time - not a guessing game about when each phrase starts and when the syllables of each word will finally tumble out of her mouth.
As far as her voice went - that is a singer well past her prime. She actually sang a lot of it in falsetto (listen to the major 6th interval at 1:33-1:34). I think they need to bring in a proper singer in his/her prime and keep it simple. That's what people really want to hear. The song they learned in elementary school.