Sports fan or not, you have to acknowledge that the NFL’s Super Bowl halftime show is the biggest concert of the year. Last year’s game drew over 114 million viewers, making it the most-watched show in American television history, so the gig is fantastic exposure, even for bands of extreme popularity. That’s exactly the kind of band that will perform between halves of Super Bowl 50 on February 6, 2016, as it was announced today that Coldplay will be taking the field.
Now before you say how past their prime the band is and how tired you are of them, this show has the potential to be great. Chris Martin and the rest have always been epic and energetic showmen. Bruno Mars is also reportedly involved in the show somehow, and there is the potential for guest appearances beyond him. For example, Coldplay just released a song with Beyoncé, and they’ve worked with her husband Jay Z in the past as well. If we’re really being optimistic, they did a song with Rihanna a few years ago as well (and she reportedly almost performed at last year’s show).
Even if you haven’t heard their new stuff, there’s no way the band would alienate a 100 million-person audience by not trotting out the hits. A rendition of “Fix You” with the lights down and the 70,000 people in Levi’s Stadium holding their lit cell phones up could be monumental.
Let us know in the comments what you think of this pick of performer, and if you’re not down with Coldplay, tell us who you’d rather see instead. While you’re here, revisit the band’s video for “Fix You” below.
HT: Bleacher Report
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