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I'm not familiar with Katy Perry's music and have my misgivings about her singing ability, but I must say I enjoyed the half-time show.  All the costume changes and the variety of the music made it quite entertaining.  Anyone have any more insightful comments on this show?  Was it in the top half of Superbowl shows?  I'd say it was far better than trotting out yet another guy in his 60s to sing songs that were popular 40 years ago.
 

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It was entertaining piffle.
 
Ergo, it was a perfectly fine halftime show. 
 
Lenny Kravitz was dumb, though.
 

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drleather2001 said:
It was entertaining piffle.
 
Ergo, it was a perfectly fine halftime show. 
 
Lenny Kravitz was dumb, though.
 
Has anyone garnered more celebrity and respect from one song and one cover than Lenny Kravitz?  Seems like a cool guy, snazzy dresser and a decent guitarist, but damn.
 

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Marciano490 said:
 
Has anyone garnered more celebrity and respect from one song and one cover than Lenny Kravitz?  Seems like a cool guy, snazzy dresser and a decent guitarist, but damn.
 
His success is probably based on 25% talent and 75% image.    
 

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Pop Diva of the moment is fine for HT, it's all schlock anyway.
 
Well...the real Pop Diva of the moment was nowhere to be seen last night.
 

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drleather2001 said:
 
Well...the real Pop Diva of the moment was nowhere to be seen last night.
 
No, but apparently left shark was the root of her feud with Katy Perry.
 

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Marciano490 said:
 
Has anyone garnered more celebrity and respect from one song and one cover than Lenny Kravitz?  Seems like a cool guy, snazzy dresser and a decent guitarist, but damn.
 
Not familiar with Are You Gonna Go My Way? Sold a few million copies of that one.
 
I'm not sure who said "You know what we need for this show? Lenny Kravitz!" and thought it was necessary.
 

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Marciano490 said:
 
No, but apparently left shark was the root of her feud with Katy Perry.
 
What a stupid feud.  They should just make out.  
 

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drleather2001 said:
 
What a stupid feud.  They should just make out.  
Did Tay dress up as Left Shark?
 
Either Katy Perry actually improved her live singing or the sound people did great work, but KP sounded much better than when I heard her sing live back in '09.  I personally would have preferred Coldplay though.
 
Missy Elliott was random, but she kind of outperformed KP, and she got more stage time than the advertised guest (Lenny Kravitz).
 

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Gotta say, my first impression of Kravitz's presence was the NFL wanting to take the risque (read: homosexual) overtones out of "I Kissed a Girl".  Someone unfamiliar with either artist might have guessed it was his song rather than hers.  Then Missy Elliott came out and performed "Get Ur Freak On" and well, my "trying to tone it down for middle America" theory was dead in the water.
 
Katy Perry is a mediocre singing talent...she's not going to belt out Broadway tunes like Adele Dazeem...but her songs are catchy and she puts on a hell of a fun show.
 

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NortheasternPJ said:
 
Not familiar with Are You Gonna Go My Way? Sold a few million copies of that one.
 
I'm not sure who said "You know what we need for this show? Lenny Kravitz!" and thought it was necessary.
 
Yeah, that was the one song other than his cover of American Woman.  I know he had that Fly Away song, but it's probably elevator music in the fourth circle of Hell, so even if it sold well, I don't count it.  I'm sure there are plenty of other acts who've sold more of a single than Are You Gonna Go My Way, which is a generic rock In Living Color rip off, anyways and those artists aren't playing Super Bowls 15 years later.
 
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What a stupid feud.  They should just make out.  
 
Katy has to get in line behind Karlie Kloss.
 
Ha, look at all those K's.
 

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drleather2001 said:
 
His success is probably based on 25% talent and 75% image.    
If you asked a lame person to design a cool person, they'd come up with Lenny Kravitz.
 

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Marciano490 said:
 
Yeah, that was the one song other than his cover of American Woman.  I know he had that Fly Away song, but it's probably elevator music in the fourth circle of Hell, so even if it sold well, I don't count it.  I'm sure there are plenty of other acts who've sold more of a single than Are You Gonna Go My Way, which is a generic rock In Living Color rip off, anyways and those artists aren't playing Super Bowls 15 years later.
 
 
Katy has to get in line behind Karlie Kloss.
 
Ha, look at all those K's.
 
"I wish that I could fly 
Into the sky 
So very high 
Just like a dragonfly 

I'd fly above the trees 
Over the seas in all degrees 
To anywhere I please 

Oh I want to get away 
I want to fly away 
Yeah yeah yeah"
 

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"I wish that I could fly 
Into the sky 
So very high 
Just like a dragonfly 

I'd fly above the trees 
Over the seas in all degrees 
To anywhere I please 

Oh I want to get away 
I want to fly away 
Yeah yeah yeah"
 
His leather pants game is on point though; you must appreciate that at least.  He's probably a leather ph.d, too.  Or are you a doctor of medicine?
 

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The HT show is to interest all of the people at SB parties who do not care about the game.
 

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Marciano490 said:
 
His leather pants game is on point though; you must appreciate that at least.  He's probably a leather ph.d, too.  Or are you a doctor of medicine?
 
He's practicing leather without a license.
 

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I didn't love it. It was kind of meh to me but then again, I was pretty irritated at that moment. I was looking forward to maybe seeing an interesting outfit or two but was disappointed by that. I guess I'd give it a 4 out of 10.
 

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I didn't love it. It was kind of meh to me but then again, I was pretty irritated at that moment. I was looking forward to maybe seeing an interesting outfit or two but was disappointed by that. I guess I'd give it a 4 out of 10.
 
You're in the circle of trust. It's ok to say you were disappointed in the lack of cleavage and boob bouncing.
 

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I thought it was a fannnntastic show.  It was hysterically funny, and when has a SB halftime show ever been funny (on purpose)?
 
Riding in on a 30 foot lion?  Singing 'I kissed a girl' with Lenny Kravitz?  Dancing and singing sharks?!  Missy Elliot?!?!  Soaring over the crowd to 'Firework' on the "The More You Know" star?!?!?!
 
It was brilliant.
 
F'ing brilliant.
 

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I did like the trippy imagery she lifted from the This Is How We Do video, which is an awesome song and spot as well.
 

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the1andonly3003 said:
Either Katy Perry actually improved her live singing or the sound people did great work, but KP sounded much better than when I heard her sing live back in '09.  I personally would have preferred Coldplay though.
 
I don't think she was singing live.

Still it was a fantastically weird show.
 

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I don't think she was singing live.

Still it was a fantastically weird show.
 
I believe parts were live and parts pre-recorded.  A woman at the party I was at said that Perry had admitted in an interview that there were parts of the show she couldn't do and sing live. I assume that was the lion entrance and the rocket ride to 'Firework'.  There were some parts when she was Earth-bound when she clearly was singing live.
 

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My wife thought it was the best SB halftime shows she's seen.  Think I annoyed her at the start by pointing out that KP was singing "Eye of the Tiger" riding a lion.
 
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too much of a medley feel.
 
I would have preferred longer chorii, as in the recorded version,  no Lenny, no Misdemeanor, and more boobage (especially since Get Your Freak On was done, as astutely noted above)
 
I also wish that that the tiger looked less like a lion.
 
And also, why wasn't she wearing jeans during Teenage Dream? Very upset by this.  Jeans and a halter would have been perfect for that, instead we got some lame Austin Powersy sundress frock thingy
 

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8slim said:
I believe parts were live and parts pre-recorded.  A woman at the party I was at said that Perry had admitted in an interview that there were parts of the show she couldn't do and sing live. I assume that was the lion entrance and the rocket ride to 'Firework'.  There were some parts when she was Earth-bound when she clearly was singing live.
That very well could be, and I didn't mean to imply anything wrong with the performance or anything. I remember after last year's show where Flea responded to the criticism that they were obviously not playing live by saying they were required to do everything pre-recorded.

So let's just say that I'm willing to believe that the NFL, in an attempt to avoid another halftime show kefuffle, would do everything in their power to have control over what goes on. Including making sure the singing isn't live to avoid any "excited utterances". :)
 

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Something like this would have been better for TD.
 
 
That attire would have been great for the Super Bowl, except it would have demonstrated too much partiality toward the team everyone was rooting against.
 

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Prince was my favorite half time show, but I thought the visuals last night were great. 
 

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8slim said:
 
I believe parts were live and parts pre-recorded.  A woman at the party I was at said that Perry had admitted in an interview that there were parts of the show she couldn't do and sing live. I assume that was the lion entrance and the rocket ride to 'Firework'.  There were some parts when she was Earth-bound when she clearly was singing live.
 
Yes no way she was singing the high notes on "Firework" live - they were clearly Autotuned.  Too straight (no vib) and perfect pitch
 

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crystalline said:
 
Yes no way she was singing the high notes on "Firework" live - they were clearly Autotuned.  Too straight (no vib) and perfect pitch
on NYE 2009, she was singing live on NBC outside Rockerfeller Plaza...she was terrible...and was dancing a lot like Left Shark
 

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I stumbled across some tribute show for the Beatles.  She sang a slow melody -- maybe it was "Yesterday", I'm not sure.  Anyway, she was truly awful.  I mean wretched, could not hold a note or carry a tune.  It was embarrassing for Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr to have to sit there and applaud politely.
 

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NomosRubber said:
My wife thought it was the best SB halftime shows she's seen.  Think I annoyed her at the start by pointing out that KP was singing "Eye of the Tiger" riding a lion.
The song is called "Roar" and the lyrics mention both a lion and a tiger.
 

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I enjoyed Katy Perry's impression of the "The More You Know" logo. I especially enjoyed how it seemed like they had half-assed that part of the show, and that she might catch fire or fall to her death. That's more entertainment than I get from a typical Super Bowl halftime show.
 
NortheasternPJ said:
 
 
 
I'm not sure who said "You know what we need for this show? Lenny Kravitz!" and thought it was necessary.
 
If you watched with the women I watched with, you wouldn't be wondering about this. He was the perfect choice to perform alongside a headliner who would struggle to get lounge acts if she had average looks.
 

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8slim said:
I thought it was a fannnntastic show.  It was hysterically funny, and when has a SB halftime show ever been funny (on purpose)?
 
Riding in on a 30 foot lion?  Singing 'I kissed a girl' with Lenny Kravitz?  Dancing and singing sharks?!  Missy Elliot?!?!  Soaring over the crowd to 'Firework' on the "The More You Know" star?!?!?!
 
It was brilliant.
 
F'ing brilliant.
 
Consensus among our viewing group (mixed-gender 27-44 year olds) was that it was the best halftime show ever, though nobody was all that into the music (Missy Elliot excepted).
 

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crystalline said:
 
Yes no way she was singing the high notes on "Firework" live - they were clearly Autotuned.  Too straight (no vib) and perfect pitch
 
You can Autotune live (I think a lot of this show was prerecorded, though).
 

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Dancing sharks would have made it an elite halftime if I wasnt filled with murderous rage about how the first half ended.
 

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Good shoutouts to two old school WWF guys. First, with the Bam Bam Bigelow outfit, then with the homage to Owen Hart.
 
Yeesh.  Too soon, man.  Too soon.
 

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I thought the giant cat was an interesting concept to do live.
 
The harlem shake horsehead dancers were amusing.
 
The sharks were amusing.
 
There was a solid minute of "wow she looks dorky and white trying to dance with Missy Eliot's group".
 
Then I had a good laugh at the wiimote lanyard on the mic for the more you know flying bit.
 
Overall solid show, on a scale of Janet Jackson's nipple to Bruce Springsteen's crotch slide I'd rate it three chili peppers.
 

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NomosRubber said:
 
That attire would have been great for the Super Bowl, except it would have demonstrated too much partiality toward the team everyone was rooting against.
 
It would have demonstrated partiality toward boobs, which quite a few of us were rooting for.