Super Bowl halftime performances seem to go one of two ways – amazing or amazingly bad. The performances at the halftime show can be so incredible and uplifting, it’s hard to decide what people are talking about more after it’s all said and done: the game, or the halftime show! From the masters – Madonna, Prince, The Boss – to the misers –Miami Sound Machine, Blues Brothers, Toni Braxton – it’s always talked about in the weeks after, and sometimes, the years! First, the worst. Next, the best.
Worst: Blues Brothers – 1997
Dan Aykroyd, John Goodman, and Jim Belushi as the Blues Brothers performing at the Super Bowl Halftime Show never really made sense. The Blues Brothers did some blues and soul which fell flat. When The Godfather of Soul (James Brown, of course) showed up, it could have been great, but it was a “day late, dollar too short.”
Catherine Crier and ZZ Top (those classic rockers) showed up for some good times, but the whole thing was deflated by then, and the audience was more interested in filling their popcorn buckets and getting a fresh drink with lime than watching the tops.