Beyonce will play the Super Bowl in February.
First I’d like to say, you’re welcome NFL.
Maybe my impassioned plea to have Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z perform at the wasn’t the only reason they chose one of the best live performers around. But my suggestion that the NFL move out of the Jurassic Period when it comes to musical acts must have swayed a few in the front office.
I do not sing “Single Ladies” in the shower, but I can appreciate the fact Beyonce is at the height of her career, musically relevant and not as a reunion tour. Maybe you don’t like her empowerment-lite brand of R&B, but you won’t have to worry that she will break a hip onstage.
The odds Jay-Z will come onstage for a reprise of “New York” are pretty good. And, with any luck, Alicia Keys will join them for the chorus.
The trio would immediately drop the average age of Super Bowl halftime performers in the last decade by a good 20 years. The recent list of halftime performers have included Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Prince, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Bruce Springsteen, The Who and Madonna. It’s one thing if that’s the audience you’re trying to reach, but why would you try to pirate baseball’s fan base like that?
So congratulations NFL, and if you need any advice in the future, you know where to find me.