A memorable Super Bowl halftime show
In 2004, the Rolling Stones went back into the recording studio to produce 24th American studio album, “A Bigger Bang”. In September of 2005, “A Bigger Bang”, was finally released and was well received. The album had a mix of ballads, hard rock, funk music, and country blues influences. The band was about to embark, on then what was the highest grossing tour in the history of rock music, grossing almost 600 million dollars. While on the American leg of the tour in 2006, the band was offered a spot to perform at Super Bowl XL, where the Pittsburg Steelers and the Seattle Seahawks were to play in Detroit, Michigan. It’s interesting looking at the history of music and the Super Bowl, but in 1967 when the Kansas City Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers played in Super Bowl I, it was a day game, because later that night the Rolling Stones were going to be playing on the CBS program, the Ed Sullivan Show. The band performed three songs in this order, “Start Me Up”, “Rough Justice (then a new song)”, and “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction)”. The show received great reception and kicked their tour back into full gear. Another interesting fact about the Super Bowl XL half time show, was that the Rolling Stones didn’t use a backing track, meaning they didn’t cheat by having pre-recorded material. The stage weighed 18 tons, came out in pieces, and over 300 volunteers from the Detroit area assisted with set up. The Rolling Stones really did play “live” and like a lot of half-time shows recently, they use a lot of backing track, and the Rolling Stones sounded more authentic I think then some recent artists. The show is available to watch on YouTube. I think it’s probably the best half-time show ever in the history of the NFL, tied with U2 when they played in 2002. It will live on.