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The Black Eyed Peas Play 'Sweet Child O' Mine' at Super Bowl XLV Halftime Show (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 7th 2011 2:45AM
Fergie & Slash, 'Super Bowl XLV Half-Time Show'After what seems like years and years of classic rock superstars, 'Super Bowl XLV' (Sun., 6:30PM ET on FOX) marked a return to the mega-production halftime show. Fans of the Black Eyed Peas expected a big party, because that's what the Peas are known for, but even they were probably impressed and surprised by the spectacle laid upon them.

What looked at first like legions of fans flocked to the stage as the performance began, but it quickly became obvious that they were part of the show. Decked out in white uniforms complete with lights, these dancers made the performance extend beyond the stage and encompass the entire field.

Even the stage expanded to write out the word "LOVE" by the time the Peas got to their first break-out single "Where Is the Love?" from 2003. In fact, the entire show featured a compilation of their greatest hits, along with a few surprises.

The first one was perhaps the most unexpected, as the classic guitar lick from Guns N' Roses 'Sweet Child O' Mine' erupted from a momentary silence. And then, appropriately, Slash rose out of the stage, and was joined by Fergie for a few verses of his signature song.

A little later, will.i.am started singing the chorus of Usher's 'OMG,' leading to a frenzy of anticipation from the audience. And their hopes were answered as Usher himself was lowered from the ceiling and went into a bit of his own signature piece.

The number wasn't without a few technical difficulties, including mic problems for Usher and Fergie, at the top of the production. Part of the V stage in "LOVE" didn't light up properly, but for the few things that didn't come off flawlessly, so much of it was spectacularly impressive and worked perfectly.

The Peas used every bit of the stadium, while the dancers moved into various formations, creating lit-up arrows and lines. It was a return to halftime greatness for the Super Bowl, and an impressive display of the creativity and vision of the Black Eyed Peas. Certainly, many of the millions of viewers who saw what they could do in the relatively short time they had here are considering what they can do in an entire concert.

And for fans of the Super Bowl halftime spectacular, it marks a return to greatness for the spectacle. Bad news perhaps for the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet, but great news for future installments of sports' biggest night.

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Poppipoo

Great Halftime Show!! The Peas rock and the entire show with all the performers dancing and in sync with the lights was super!!! Great Game, Great Halftime Show, Great Evening of entertainment!!!!

February 08 2011 at 9:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rcastl2335

Karaoke at the Super Bowl? BEP's gave one of the dullest, flattest live performances I've seen at the Super Bowl. I have to wonder, watching them, exactly how much of a studio creation they are.

February 08 2011 at 7:32 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Tony

It was terrible and it is a beautiful song

February 07 2011 at 10:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bubba1zfg

It's time to end the half time show and celebrities singing the National Anthem. Any high school chorus group would have been better and done it for all the right reasons!

February 07 2011 at 8:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jamekir

I don't know who the Jason Hughes is that wrote this article, but I'm sure his nickname while growing up was "tone deaf Jason". Absolutely the worst.

February 07 2011 at 6:50 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
K-V-C

The halftime show was horrible. The only good thing was Slash. Shows what an a** Axel Rose is for destroying GnR

February 07 2011 at 4:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Nunya Business

You should learn how to spell his name before you take the time to insult the man.. Axl. And actually, Slash is the one destroying the legacy by playing the song with Fergie of all freakin' people.

February 07 2011 at 9:04 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
NILDA

That was a horrible half-time show. I don't think I've seen one that was worse, both in terms of performance, choreographing and singing (I mean NO singing).

February 07 2011 at 4:45 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
mungo63nc

SICK BUNCH OF HUMAN BEINGS. UGHABOO-UGABOO-UGABOOBOOUGA.

February 07 2011 at 2:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
markdorislauren

EVEN MY GRANDKIDS THOUGHT THEY WERE HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ESHER WAS GREAT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PEAS HAVE GONE TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO PUCK ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WILL NEVER PURCHASE TICKETS OR BUY CD'S IF THIS MUSIC CONTINUES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NO CLASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

February 07 2011 at 2:07 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
Darra

By far this was the worst halftime show ive seen..They Suxed!!!!!

February 07 2011 at 1:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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