What can I really say about SuperBowl 49’s Halftime show? After last year’s surperb performance by Bruno Mars and The Red Hot Chili Peppers, my expectiations, as I am sure many of yours, where high. What I came into this halftime show expecting was a high energy, high octane performance from Katy Perry that rivaled how the game was played. Sadly, to start, that was not the case.
As with all the SuperBowl Halftime shows, we enter which the trademark Pepsi logo that opens up like the Red Sea as Katy Perry, mounted on a lion, walks the pass singing her song ‘Roar’. As awesome as this sounds as I write this, the actual scene was not too impressive. Her movements were somewhat robotic and her voice, passionless. To be fair, trying to balance on a moving tiger can’t be the easiest thing in the world. But the point remains, unimpressed.
Perry’s second song was the hit smash hit ‘Dark Horse’, which I really like the dancers dressed in chess pieces and the effect flooring as a chess board that shifted the illusion based on the performer’s movements. As the rather short segment started coming to an end, it floor seemed to break away into a tornado like effect. It was a nice background for this part of the show and I wish there was more of it. The background effects were really the star here.
Next, enter Lenny Kravitz, unfortunately, Kravitz was not really a guest star but rather a guest guitar player. He enters on the song ‘I Kissed a Girl’. They did rock the song up from the original version for the addition of Lenny Kravitz, but of all the things you can do with a rock star like Kravitz? Like, play one of his songs? Katy Perry seemed out of place as she was trying to do the “rock star head bang” during this part. I think she eventually gave up on the rocking out and just sat on her knees as Kravitz soloed. Sadly, Kravitz was gone just as quickly as he entered.
After a quick pause, the lights come back on and enter the most cheesy, cartoonish, campy beach settings in have ever seen. I could not stop laughing at what I was seeing. They had everything from palm trees, waves, beach balls, dancing sharks, each one with a dancer. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the moving scenery, the funny expressions the beach balls made with Katz Perry as she interacted with them was just priceless and we can’t forget the dancing sharks. Oh yeah, there were a few songs in there somewhere, ‘Teenage Dream’ and ‘California Gurls’ I think.
Just when you think that Katy Perry, just like the Seahawks, was going to score, here comes Missy Elliott with the interception. As soon as the intro for Missy’s ‘Get Ur Freak On’ started, I was instantly taken back to my High School days. Shows my age a bit don’t it. Missy enters with so much energy that all I can say is she stole the whole show from Katy Perry. And the high energy just continued as they flowed right into ‘Work It’ and finally ending with ‘Lose Control’.
As Missy Elliott waved goodbye to a roaring crowd, we pan over for the last song of the evening. Katy Perry finally sings with some passion as she finishes with her song ‘Firework’. Singing from a moving platform to mimic a firework with only about a one foot floor in which to stand one, at times you a here a little hesitation in here voice as she moved on this platform over the stage but all is forgiven as again, it is not easy to sing on moving things. But it was a fitting end to the halftime show that tried to start with a “roar” but ended with fireworks.