Microphone problems and a weirdly low mix couldn’t, unfortunately, keep the Black Eyed Peas from descending from the Cowboys Stadium rafters and headlining the 2011 Super Bowl Halftime Show. will.i.am somehow managed to miss some notes that were explicitly autotuned; Fergie sang an impossibly brassy version of Sweet Child Of Mine with Slash, who didn’t have anything else going on; and the other two Black Eyed Peas continued to confound people who weren’t sure how many Black Eyed Peas there were. But the major take-home from the halftime show was just how much the Peas loved TRON: Legacy.
From field-dancers in light-up bodysuits to the transforming body-armor of will.i.am and—I looked it up—apl.de.ap and especially Taboo, it was clear that the Peas are major Jeff Bridges fans. I can’t blame them for that, but I can blame them for “Boom Boom Pow”, “I Gotta Feeling”, and “Let’s Get It Started.” “My Humps”, shockingly, was left on the cutting-room floor.
Usher was another special guest, getting his own enormous team of Usher-like dancers, which were not wearing light-up bodysuits. He did have to sing “Oh My Gosh” instead of “Oh My God”, a reminder that we still live in a post-Janet Jackson world.