NFL fans hoping for an exciting music guest at the Super Bowl LIII halftime show in Atlanta are likely going to be disappointed. According to a report from Variety on Wednesday, the NFL’s choice for the halftime show is Maroon 5, one of the least inspiring choices the league could have possibly made.
There really isn’t much to say here. Tabbing Maroon 5 (Maroon 5! In what will be 2019!) seems like a decision made to appease to…well, people that don’t actually watch football. And the band isn’t even an improvement over recent halftime shows, which have included Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and Justin Timberlake. Hell, the Maroon 5 decision feels a lot like the Coldplay decision from three years ago, and the best part of that performance was the injection of special guests (most notably, Bruno Mars and Beyonce) halfway through the performance.
Interestingly enough, there were strong rumblings that Maroon 5 were deep in negotiations to perform at halftime of Super Bowl 50, the gig that eventually went to Coldplay.
There are so many Atlanta-based and bred musicians that would have made for a more entertaining halftime show. Instead the halftime show in Atlanta will feature one of the most milquetoast, bland, uninspiring options possible. Congratulations to the NFL for another bang-up job.