By Scott T. Sterling
While the initial announcement of pop sensation Bruno Mars as the featured halftime performer at this year’s Super Bowl had some questioning his star power to pull off the high-profile performance, he’ll have additional muscle backing him up with the news that the Red Hot Chili Peppers will be joining the show.
According to the L.A. Times, Mars will formally announce his new Super Bowl partners during TV coverage of the second-round NFL playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New Orleans Saints scheduled for tomorrow (Jan. 11).
It won’t be much of a commute for the Chili Peppers, with Anthony Kiedis and the crew also set to headline the massive “Big Hello to Brooklyn” concert happening at the Barclays Center arena the night before (Feb. 1) the big game that will occur at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium. The concert is being presented by sports radio station, WFAN (a Radio.com station), and is already sold out.
The addition of the Red Hot Chili Peppers to the Super Bowl halftime show only bolsters an already music-packed seven days during “Super Bowl Week” leading up to the game.
While there is yet no indication if Mars and the Chili Peppers will play together or separately, Super Bowl halftime have been known to inspire onstage collaborations. In 2001, Aerosmith, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, ‘N Sync and Nelly all came together to perform Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way” during Super Bowl XXXV. Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson had just finished a collaborative version of Timberlake’s “Rock Your Body” in 2003 right before Jackson’s infamous breast-exposing incident. Madonna wheeled out a slew of special guests during her halftime show in 2012, teaming up with LMFAO, Cee Lo Green, Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. to perform a medley of tunes, with M.I.A. upstaging the moment when she flipped a middle-finger at the camera during Madge’s MDNA single, “Give Me All Your Lovin’.”