Welcome to Producer’s Chair, a mini-column in which Editor-in-Chief Michael Roffman offers his own career advice to artists and various figureheads in the film and music industry. In this installment, he calls up a few of his fellow editors to book the next decade’s worth of Super Bowl Halftime Shows.
To millions of Americans, the Super Bowl Halftime Show is one more excuse to either grab a beer or escape into the bathroom. For some, though, it’s a chance to see something that may or may not become a cultural moment.
Think back to when Bruce Springsteen’s crotch slid right into everyone’s homes, or when M.I.A. triumphantly flipped the bird, or when Beyoncé left Destiny’s Child in the dust, or … Nipplegate Remix feat. Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake.
Talk was loud after these moments and the chatter picks up every year we approach the big game. Reason being, everyone’s always thinking about the next performer and whether they’ll top so and so or flop like whatchamajigger.
And naturally, Left Shark…
Tonight, the inimitable Lady Gaga will headline the Super Bowl LI Halftime Show at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. Who knows, maybe she’ll bring out Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker or keep things vintage with Tony Bennett.
It’s the guessing that keeps things interesting, which is why we’re already thinking about future performers. Ahead, you’ll see that we played producer and tapped 10 acts, wrote their setlists, invited a few guests, and even drummed up a little controversy.
So grab some chips, snag a dip, and chew on these names. Full disclosure: We tried to be as realistic as possible, but as John Madden once argued: “You got one guy going boom, one guy going whack, and one guy not getting in the endzone.”
Photo by David Brendan Hall
Why hasn’t this happened already? Foo Fighters are arguably the biggest rock band on the planet right now, and most of their singles echo throughout sports arenas every season. “My Hero” is the quintessential football rocker, thanks to its inclusion in 1998’s god awful Varsity Blues, and to see a bubbly guy like Dave Grohl scream it out to millions of fans could make even a match up between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Los Angeles Rams worth seeing. Why they haven’t been invited at this point in their career is baffling, but there’s always next year.
Setlist: “The Pretender”, “My Hero” (feat. Joan Jett), “Good Grief”, “Surrender” (feat. Robin Zander), “Best of You”, and “Everlong” (feat. Macca)
Possible Guests: Robin Zander, Joan Jett, and Paul McCartney
Probable Controversy: The band plays a deep cut.