The 50th Super Bowl will be taking place next year in the Bay Area. There’s a pretty popular band from around the Bay Area that just so happens to have the biggest-selling album of the SoundScan era. It didn’t take long for someone to put two and two together, and now there’s a petition to have Metallica play the halftime of Super Bowl 50. Granted, the last few years, the Super Bowl halftime show has appealed to more of a top 40 audience. Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Madonna, Beyonce, LMFAO (remember them?). So maybe it’s time that Metallica at least be in a portion of the halftime. Here’s part of the petition:
Super Bowl 50, the biggest of all Super Bowls, just happens to be taking place in the home region (Northern California, San Francisco Bay area) of one of America’s biggest and most legendary rock acts. The connection needs to happen, Metallica needs to be the musical act for Super Bowl 50.
It’s time. It’s time for the sugar-pop and candy artists to step aside in favor of real American metal. It’s time to put a band (you know, one that actually plays instruments and does it well) on the field and let them plug in and do their thing. We don’t need pop-tarts on mechanical tigers giving us flash and no substance, we need amps and drums cranked up and played with power and emotion. It’s time.
Give America what it wants and needs. Metallica will not let you down. I guarantee it.
Of course, it could pretty easily be argued that people do want flash and no substance. Perry’s halftime performance was the most-watched in history. And while many would tune in to see Metallica, there’s probably a lot of hip-hop and pop lovers that would tune out. There’s another potential issue as well. This past year, the NFL suggested charging for acts to play the halftime show, saying that it’s such a gigantic opportunity to be seen that they should pay to play. There was an immediate backlash, and Perry released a statement saying that she hadn’t paid. Metallica probably wouldn’t want to do that either. But with hockey nights and baseball nights in the band’s past, they’re certainly not averse to aligning themselves with sports. Since the 2015 season doesn’t even kick off for another eight months, there’s plenty of time to think about who might be doing it next year. So far, the petition has gotten over 7,700 signatures, and you can sign it here.