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Super Bowl 49: Move over Katy Perry, here are five other acts we'd rather see at halftime

By Jane Stevenson, Postmedia Network

Talk about Deflategate.

The Super Bowl halftime show is usually something to get excited about, but this Sunday night’s event features candy-coated pop princess Katy Perry as the main attraction joined by special guest and retro-rocker Lenny Kravitz.

As she put it herself: “He’s going to make me so much cooler.”

Not quite.

Nothing against Perry, but having seen her most recent Prismatic tour I can safely say her live show is more tailored to screaming tween and teenage girls who call themselves KatyCats rather than the majority (read: male) who make up the Super Bowl audience.

She’s also got a lot to live up to after retro-soul-funk performer Bruno Mars scored the highest Super Bowl halftime ratings ever last year with 115.3 million viewers. I don’t even think Kravitz and his trademark shades can bump up her cool factor THAT much.

So forgive me if Perry feels like a letdown for such a massively-watched television event.

Here’s hoping she’s got a few more “special guests” up her sleeve (at press time no additions had been announced) for her 14-minute performance and that none are former flame John Mayer.

In the meantime, here are five rock acts I’d rather have seen perform at this year’s Super Bowl halftime show plus one major fantasy wildcard suggestion.

AC/DC:

With their 2014 album Rock or Bust under their belt and already announced performances at the Grammys Feb. 8, Coachella in April, and their European tour set to run May through July, why couldn’t the Aussie hard rockers have taken on the halftime show? The big question remains, will troubled drummer Phil Rudd, who is facing criminal charges, be a part of the lineup? And if not him, who?

The halftime hit:

Play Ball or... the Deflategate parody of Big Balls.

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Foo Fighters:

Coming off their acclaimed Sonic Highways HBO series and 2014 album of the same name, Dave Grohl and company are already stadium rock-ready in Europe and back on this side of the pond they are preparing to take their much anticipated 2015 tour to such places as Washington’s RFK Stadium and Boston’s Fenway Park. The band’s Seattle ties might be a problem, though, given the Seahawks are playing the New England Patriots. But maybe the band Boston could join them on stage?

The halftime hit:

Times Like These.

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Metallica:

The heavy metal outfit is working on a new album and offered up a new tune, Lords of Summer, last summer on their Metallica By Request tour of South America and Europe. But, with or without new material, they’re always a crowd-pleaser in a stadium setting or larger (says the woman who saw them at Woodstock ‘94 with a crowd of 500,000 strong behind her.) Plus bass player Robert Trujillo has sported NFL-calibre hair in the past.

The halftime hit:

Enter Sandman.

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Black Sabbath:

With a successful 2013 reunion album, 13, and ‘12-’14 world tour under their belt, the ‘70s British lords of heavy metal are reportedly working on a follow-up disc with producer Rick Rubin this year to be followed by their final, final trek. And, also, who doesn’t love Ozzy?

The halftime hit:

Iron Man

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Motley Crue:

The glam L.A. rock band is packing it in – for real, this time. They signed a cessation of touring agreement – after the second leg of their Farewell Tour in 2015 ends on the West Coast on Dec. 31, so there’s no time like the present, right? Especially if drummer Tommy Lee brings his Crue-ciflyer – a drum kit rollercoaster track that features him playing upside down. Actually, I think that’s mandatory.

The halftime hit:

Home Sweet Home.

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MAJOR FANTASY WILDCARD:

Nashville-based blues-rock guitarists Jack White and The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach – who both released new albums in 2014 with Lazaretto and Turn Blue, respectively – finally bury the hatchet and have a “guitar off” on stage while Keys drummer Patrick Carney recovers from his injured shoulder, which recently led to the Keys cancelling all of their European dates. I’d watch that!

The halftime hit:

Seven Nation Army/Gold on the Ceiling mash-up.

Twitter: @JaneCStevenson

jane.stevenson@sunmedia.ca

 

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