Bruno Mars will have some company during the Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show. The “Gorilla” singer will joined by the Red Hot Chili Peppers at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on February 2. The announcement came on January 11 during Fox’s broadcast of the NFC Divisional Playoff game between the New Orleans Saints and the Seattle Seahawks, who scored a 23 to 15 victory.
Red Hot Chili Peppers will be the first capital-R Rock band to play a Super Bowl Halftime show in four years, since the Who performed a greatest hits medley at Florida’s Sun Life Stadium in 2010. Booking RHCP is more than likely a way to appease critics who felt that, with just two studio albums under his belt, Mars is too lightweight — or dare we say, Unorthodox — of an artist to follow relatively recent Halftime guests such as Madonna, Prince, U2, Paul McCartney, and Beyoncé. Well, now there’s a group of bona fide Rock and Roll Hall of Famers on the bill, so relax.
Before they take the actual Super Bowl stage, the Chili Peppers will play a pre-game concert at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Saturday, February 1. The Los Angeles funk-rock legends lead a lineup that also features MS MR, J. Roddy Walston & the Business, and others. For details on that gig, and several other Super Bowl-related concerts happening in the tri-state area, click here. And for a primer on years that pop stars played the big game, check out Pop Goes the Super Bowl: 10 Times the Top 40 Touched Down at Halftime.