Long before the smoke from Beyonce’s electrifying halftime performance at the 2013 Super Bowl cleared, a slow steady rumble was heard across the land. It wasn’t an earthquake or a tsunami, nor was it a case of global indigestion.
Far from it.
It is nothing short of millions of worldwide Bon Jovi fans turning a whisper to a scream as they clamor for the powers that be in the National Football League to select Bon Jovi as the half-time performers at the 2014 Super Bowl to be held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on February 4, 2014.
Indeed, as the album title declares, “100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can’t Be Wrong”. They’re not rabidly delusional, unfairly biased, or drunken from the dulcet tones of the band’s new single “Because We Can” and imminent tour of the same name.
Simply stated: Bon Jovi and New Jersey go together like peanut butter and jelly; they’re the filling inside the Oreo cookie, the Coke in Coca-Cola; and the proverbial icing on the cake.
Cliché, maybe...but you get the idea.
The fact of the matter is the only other Jersey son who could have as appropriately bold impact is Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and they have already played the NFL’s crown jewel within the past several years.
Besides, in all likelihood, were Bon Jovi to be chosen, Jon Bon Jovi would no doubt return the favor of having Springsteen come out to sing on “Born To Run” like Bruce did with Jon at the 12-12-12 Concert for Hurricane Sandy Relief.
Can't you just see Bon Jovi by surprising the crowd in Jersey by having The Boss lend his muscular vocals to “Who Says You Can’t Go Home”, “I Love This Town”, or “This Is Our House”.
Based on the selection parameters outlined in 2010 by Charles Coplin, Vice-President of Programming for the NFL---who makes the decision with Lawrence Randall, the NFL’s Director of Programming---the league looks for performers that aren’t overexposed, reach a wide audience, and are known for explosive or anthem-style tunes.
Happily, Bon Jovi is guilty on all counts of the guidelines.
Here are just a few more reasons Bon Jovi should be the ringmasters of the 2014 Super Bowl:
- 30 years in the music industry with over 120 million records sold
- A global fan base that fits perfectly into the NFL and CBS’s parameter of international audience reach.
- Bon Jovi’s mega-anthem “This Is Our House” is already played ad nauseaum at sporting events throughout the U.S: most notably every time the New England Patriots score a touchdown.
- Jon Bon Jovi himself is a huge football fan evidenced by his regular attendance at games and his ownership of the Philadelphia Soul Arena Football franchise.
Did we mention Jon Bon Jovi is an enormous football fan?
Perhaps the most compelling emotional reason for Bon Jovi to play the 2014 Super Bowl is that the band will be wrapping up a year of touring the world in support of “What About Now”, their new CD due out March 26, 2013.
What better way to end a triumphant tour than with an earth-shattering tour encore right there in his own back yard?
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