Super Bowl XLVIII features not only the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks, but also Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, according to a Feb. 2 Hollywood Reporter article. Mars and the Chili Peppers lit up the Super Bowl 2014 halftime show at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. with soul and rock.
Rocking a gold blazer and black pants, Grammy-winner Mars and his band belted out several of his tops hits, including “Locked Out of Heaven,” “Treasure,” and “Runaway Baby.” Not to be outdone, the Red Hot Chili Peppers rocked the stage without any shirts as the crowed jumped around to “Give It Away.”
Reviews on Mars’ Super Bowl halftime show performance range from lukewarm to mean. According to USA Today, the performance was “a forgettable Super Bowl performance for the ages,” more suited for the People’s Choice Awards stage.
The Guardian held nothing back, writing that Mars “was a dull as the football himself.” The consensus is that the Red Hot Chili Peppers save Mars’ halftime gig.
SB Nation had a lukewarm take on the halftime show performance. Noting that while Mars performance did not “rival” that of Beyonce’s electric performance last year, “it likely more than lived up to what the NFL expected of him: Rollicking, relatively wholesome.”
Following the icons like Prince, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, Madonna and most recently Beyonce, could be daunting for a young musician like Mars, but according to ABS-CDN News, the singer was all set to rock earlier this week, telling reporters, “I ain’t scared.”
“No matter where I perform, my job is to uplift the people. So whether I’m performing at a graduation or a wedding or a Bar Mitzvah, Grammy’s, 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.”
While he was not scared, he was humbled and excited for the opportunity. “I'm just like honored, you know, because some grace has been on that stage. I’m just excited that we’re getting this shot,” he said. “NFL is such a prestigious stage that they give the new guy a shot, and I’m so grateful for that,” he said. “No I haven’t been able to take it in, not yet, but come Sunday, I will. I’m going to enjoy myself.”