Metal Musicians Reacts to Maroon 5’s Lame Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show
The reaction to Maroon 5’s halftime show at last night’s Super Bowl LIII was pretty much unanimous: “That sucked.”
In hindsight, Adam Levine ripping off his shirt was one of the most exciting moments of the entire evening, sandwiched between two halves of a game with very little action on offense.
The metal and rock world, naturally, had a whole lot to say about it — some good, mostly bad. Many, sharing a popular sentiment that always gains steam this time of year, called for Metallica to get the invite to play the big game. Many quoted Levine’s recent line that rock is dead and threw it right back at him.
Here are some of those reactions from Twitter.
Chris Kael (Five Finger Death Punch)
— Chris Kael (@5FDPChrisKael) February 4, 2019
Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Prophets of Rage)
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) February 4, 2019
Vernon Reid (Living Colour)
That was the most joyless band performance at a SuperBowl halftime show-EVER. They got THROUGH it- NO vibe between the band members AT ALL. NO sense of camaraderie or shared mission. They have POPULAR songs too. It felt like it SUCKED. For THEM.
— Vernon Reid (@vurnt22) February 4, 2019
Brian Slagel (Metal Blade Records)
Frank Bello (Anthrax)
Just when I thought this @SuperBowl couldn’t get worse- the halftime show starts.. .
— FrankBello (@TheFrankBello) February 4, 2019
Whatever he was trying to do on stage tonight is way more dead than Rock will ever be https://t.co/SljG9KGWtv
— Sebastian Bach (@sebastianbach) February 4, 2019
Mork Hoppus (Blink 182)
This halftime show is worse than when my parents got divorced.
— mark hoppus. (@markhoppus) February 4, 2019
Ben Bruce (Asking Alexandria)
I thought the “Janet Jackson incident of 2004” was gunna be the last time I saw a tit perform on the super bowl…..I live to see history being made yet again!
— Ben Bruce (@benjaminbruce) February 4, 2019
— Danko Jones (@dankojones) February 4, 2019
Paolo Gregoletto (Trivium)
Should have been @mastodonmusic during this halftime set in Atlanta.
— Paolo Gregoletto (@TriviumPaolo) February 4, 2019
Bret Michaels (Poison)
— Bret Michaels (@bretmichaels) February 4, 2019
Steve Jenkins (Vernon Reid, Alex Skolnick, Thomas Pridgen)
Maroon 5 is whiter than a pair of UGGs.
— steve jenkins (@sjbassplayer) February 4, 2019
Vincent Bennett (The Acacia Strain)
Still waiting for Adam Levine to play either of those guitars.
— I introduce myself as Vincent (@xDIAMONDCUTx) February 4, 2019
Casey Aylward (Astronoid)
Remember when Adam Levine said rock was dead, and then just spent the first half of the halftime show playing rock music? He even played* some guitar.
— Casey (@caseydaylward) February 4, 2019
Jordan Buckley (Every Time I Die)
i'm getting a mixed message from the NFL and this Super Bowl half time show. You want the game to be less violent, but then you ask Maroon 5 to play?? Umm, have you ever been in an M5 pit when they play "Payphone"?? Clearly not!
— jordan buckley (@JordanETID) February 3, 2019