Generally speaking, people were pretty enthused by the Super Bowl 50 halftime show. Well, they were enthused about Beyoncé doing her thing, and they were enthused about making jokes about Coldplay because it is a safe way to get an easy laugh. However, one man was not completely satisfied by the Super Bowl halftime extravaganza, and that man is Carlos Santana.
Santana, probably best remembered now for his song “Smooth” with Rob Thomas, because the world has a cruel sense of humor, wrote a brief letter to the NFL and CBS on his Facebook page, which he produced in both English and Spanish. The message is as follows:
Dear NFL/CBS….I would like to take this opportunity to thank you both for including me as a part of your Super Bowl entertainment. I do feel compelled to point out to you that the Halftime Show should have included some of the local iconic bands that the World would have loved to see perform. Bands like Metallica, Steve Miller, Journey and yours truly. We would have rocked the Half Time Show and done the SF Bay Area proud. This is just an invitation for you to consider iconic bands as part of your Half Time entertainment. Real live music, real live vocals, and give the audience real live chills.
So, in short, Santana’s disappointment is in the fact that there were no Bay Area musicians at a Bay Area Super Bowl, and also he apparently wants real live music at the Super Bowl halftime show. Of course, the latter point is not feasible, because the layout of the show will not allow for it, and nobody is probably hoping to see some Journey during halftime of the Super Bowl, unless Steve Perry shows up.
Nevertheless, Santana has made his point known, and there is perhaps some logic to having local musicians partaking in the Super Bowl’s halftime show. Will the NFL listen? Probably not, but you’ll never know unless you ask.