So I’m really late on this but with the NFL lockout I need something football-related to talk about.
Why is it that only Prince is capable of putting on an amazing halftime show? Playing his hits, covering All Along the Watchtower and then finally finishing with Purple Rain (in the rain!!). Bruce put on a decent enough show, but outside of the cameraman getting a crotch-first view of his power slide, it really was just a great musician going through the motions of an act he’s done a thousand times before.
The rest of the acts can just be summed up as those old bands we like but feel bad for to actually see live. Old British bands who couldn’t give a damn about football. Don’t even mention the halftime shows pre-Boy Band era (John Goodman and Jim Belushi as the Blues Brothers?). Oh yeah, and for some reason the Black Eyed Peas were there this year. We need someone American, someone who’s in his prime, and someone who will make the halftime show worth watching.
We need Kanye West.
Let’s go down the list. First off, he’s American. Born in Atlanta, raised in Chicago (effing Bears…), which are in fact American cities. Now I can’t think of any examples that actually proves Kanye is a football fan, but at the same time, who isn’t?
Next on the list, “someone in their prime”. Kanye just released My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and it was awesome. I have a rock show (Tuesdays 4-6) and I even played tracks off it. I don’t need to run down and name how many publications gave it a great review or how many end of year “Albums of 2010” lists it topped. All I need to do is cite one phrase that has been going around: “The Sgt. Pepper of Hip-Hop”
Lastly, what kind of a show would he put on? Allow me to state my case: Saturday Night Live 10/2/10
Normally when musical guests come to SNL they do their thing and leave. It’s normally not very exciting and it’s just another television appearance for a lot of these acts. Kanye came in, made the set his own, got a bunch of ballerinas and poured his soul out into the mic. Part of the reason I’m even starting this movement is just because I’m curious to see what he would do at a Super Bowl.
The biggest thing that people will throw in my face is that his “personal drama” won’t make him the most appealing candidate for the NFL. To that, I’d just like to throw Michael Vick back in their face. This entire season,Vick has been applauded for the turnaround he’s managed to do with his life and how inspiring it is. What’s so different about this? Yeah, Kanye may have done some things we might not agree with but c’mon NFL, where’s the redemption at?
If you think anything I just said sounds like a good idea, I’d really like it if you signed this petition. Show everyone you know this post and let’s turn this into a big thing. Let’s get national attention to this cause. And let’s fucking get Kanye West to do the Super Bowl Halftime Show.