For an extreme minority, the pressure mounts each year to put on the most perfect 13 minutes of performance.
The Super Bowl half-time show has become as gargantuan a spectacle as the game, with almost 120 million people expected to watch this year’s spectacular.
Coldplay will take the most coveted entertainment slot on television at the Super Bowl 50 (the first not to use Roman numerals.)
Frontman Chris Martin said he’s trying to quell the nerves by remembering the advice of his 11-year-old daughter Apple : “She said the sweetest thing… she said, ‘Dad, the worst that could happen is you’ll get turned into a meme, and after a month or so people will just forget.”
Chris could be over-estimating the forgiving nature of the US public when it comes to Super Bowl slips.
Some of the following howlers were nowhere near forgotten in four weeks – and the others will heap pressure on Chris and Co to prove they have what it takes.
(And a Super Bowl half-time show listicle wouldn’t be a Super bowl half-time show listicle without mentioning Janet Jackson’s stage boob …)