These performances were undoubtedly some of the best showstopping headbangers the Super Bowl stage has ever seen. In every U.S. based league there is a major championship game or series, and the NFL is no different. Every year, the football season culminates in a one-game showdown known as the Super Bowl.
It’s undoubtedly the most important day on the calendar for both participating NFL players and spectators alike, with everything coming down to this very moment. Not to mention that it also ranks as an extremely popular time to place a sports bet, as millions of viewers anxiously watch each play and touchdown at the foot of their television sets. Right now, since the season is already underway, online bookmakers are making it easier for fans to wager by offering free bets and bonuses for both new and existing customers. This only increases the hype surrounding the famous championship.
Finally, it’s the game that hosts the most jam-packed live sports performance around: the Halftime Show. To get you pumped up for the upcoming championship and musical acts in February, we thought it only fitting to take a trip down memory lane. Here are four of the most memorable halftime shows in Super Bowl history.
Michael Jackson (1993)
Who could forget the 1993 performance by the King of Pop himself?! The superstar took to the stage at halftime during Super Bowl XXVII and rocked the crowd for an entire 15 minutes. Applauses resounded as Jackson danced through glittering flashes of sparks. Even fans in the nosebleed seats caught all the action as it appeared live on two massive jumbotrons which hung high in Rose Bowl Stadium.
Prince fans will never forget when the late singer performed in 2007 at Hard Rock Stadium. The iconic artist had football supporters belting out his lyrics straight through the middle of a rainstorm. But not even the heaviest wind and rain could stop the legendary rocker from giving a showstopping performance at the top of his lungs. Ironically enough, the biggest crowd pleaser was his best-selling single, “Purple Rain”. Want to know a fun fact? Well, believe it or not, this was actually the only game in Super Bowl history where players played in the rain.
Irish rock group U2 rocked sport’s biggest stage during Super Bowl XXXVI in the New Orleans Superdome, an arena that has a capacity of over 74,000. They kicked off the set with their Number 1 track “Beautiful Day” which had every single attendee singing along. However, the most unforgettable moment came when lead singer Bono opened the side of his jacket at the finale to reveal an American flag sewn on the inside. This tribute to victims of 9/11 was one that the entire country could greatly appreciate.
The Rolling Stones (2006)
Would any list of ‘rockin’ shows be complete without a mention from the greatest rock n’ roll group of all time? The Rolling Stones were asked to perform at Super Bowl XL and boy did they bring the heat. Mick Jagger and company lit up the football stadium with three of their most famous songs: “Start Me Up”, “Satisfaction,” and “Rough Justice”. As always, the guys were certified crowd pleasers, shaking their hips in unison and demanding all the attention from every fan and spectator in attendance at Ford Field.
The Super Bowl is the NFL’s biggest game, so its halftime show is also extremely high-profile
One thing’s for certain – when musical artists take the stage at the halftime show, their career is launched forwards almost instantly. Canadian signer The Weeknd is the latest star to experience this phenomenon after his performance this past February helped his entire catalogue see a surge in popularity, most especially smash hit “Blinding Lights”. Next up on the big stage is a bundle of hip-hop legends including Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, Eminem and, of course, Snoop Dog. The group will perform on February 13th, 2022, under the bright lights of Inglewood’s SoFi Stadium. Fortunately, this stadium is newly equipped with the best in 5G technology, so fans won’t have to worry about not being able to capture and share Instagram stories of the famous halftime extravaganza.