BY MELISSA RUGGIERI
First of all, it’s incredibly strange watching a Super Bowl halftime show in daylight. It’s like watching Motley Crue at 7 p.m. Just not quite right.
That said, Coldplay delivered an expectedly colorful – and safe – performance that incorporated Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” and gave way to a dancing Beyonce with her newly dropped single, “Formation” (and no surprise that a Beyonce tour was announced just after the halftime show ended – she’ll play the Georgia Dome May 1 – tickets on sale Feb. 22).
While Coldplay’s opening “Viva La Vida” sounded (unusually) live, featuring Chris Martin in his patented folded stance, when the band broke into “Paradise,” the usual lip-syncing (a near-necessity given tricky stadium acoustics and the short time span for setup) kicked in.
A cute little dance-off between Beyonce and Mars ensued before Martin re-appeared out of nowhere for another snippet of “Uptown Funk” (you’d think Mars didn’t have another half-dozen hits he could have performed).
The highlight of the brisk performance was when Coldplay unveiled their gorgeous “Fix You” as musical clips from Super Bowls past – Whitney Houston singing the national anthem, Bruce Springsteen in silhouette with Clarence Clemons, U2, Prince and Michael Jackson doing their thing – scrolled and Martin incorporated lyrical nods such as “it’s a beautiful day, purple rain.”
The showcase ended with the phrase “Believe in Love” spelled out in the stands.
What did you think of this year’s show?
Also – Beyonce’s tour dates:
|Wed. April 27||Miami, FL||Marlins Park||Tue. Feb. 16|
|Fri. April 29||Tampa||Raymond James Stadium||Tue. Feb. 16|
|Sun. May 1||Atlanta, GA||Georgia Dome||Mon. Feb. 22|
|Tue. May 3||Raleigh, NC||Carter-Finley Stadium||Mon. Feb. 22|
|Thu. May 5||Nashville, TN||Nissan Stadium||Mon. Feb. 22|
|Sat. May 7||Houston, TX||NRG Stadium||Mon. Feb. 22|
|Mon. May 9||Dallas, TX||AT&T Stadium||Tue. Feb. 16|
|Thu. May 12||San Diego, CA||Qualcomm Stadium||Tue. Feb. 16|
|Sat. May 14||Los Angeles, CA||Rose Bowl||Tue. Feb. 16|
|Mon. May 16||San Francisco, CA||Levi’s Stadium||Mon. Feb. 22|
|Wed. May 18||Seattle, WA||CenturyLink Field||Mon. Feb. 22|
|Fri. May 20||Edmonton, AB||Commonwealth Stadium||Tue. Feb. 16|
|Mon. May 23||Minneapolis, MN||TCF Bank Stadium||Mon. Feb. 22|
|Wed. May 25||Toronto, ON||Rogers Centre||Tue. Feb. 16|
|Fri. May 27||Chicago, IL||Soldier Field||Tue. Feb. 16|
|Sun. May 29||Detroit, MI||Ford Field||Mon. Feb. 22|
|Tue. May 31||Pittsburgh, PA||Heinz Field||Mon. Feb. 22|
|Fri. June 3||Boston, MA||Gillette Stadium||Tue. Feb. 16|
|Sun. June 5||Philadelphia, PA||Lincoln Financial Field||Tue. Feb. 16|
|Tue. June 7||New York, NY||Citi Field||Tue. Feb. 16|
|Fri. June 10||Baltimore, MD||M&T Bank Stadium||Tue. Feb. 16|
|Sun. June 12||Hershey, PA||Hersheypark Stadium||Tue. Feb. 16|
|Tue. June 28||Sunderland, UK||Stadium of Light||Tue. Feb. 16|
|Thu. June 30||Cardiff, UK||Millennium Stadium||Tue. Feb. 16|
|Sat. July 2||London, UK||Wembley Stadium||Tue. Feb. 16|
|Tue. July 5||Manchester, UK||Emirates Old Trafford||Tue. Feb. 16|
|Thu. July 7||Glasgow, UK||Hampden Park||Tue. Feb. 16|
|Sat. July 9||Dublin, IE||Croke Park||Mon. Feb. 15|
|Tue. July 12||Dusseldorf, DE||Esprit Arena||Mon. Feb. 22|
|Thu. July 14||Zurich, CH||Letzigrund||Mon. Feb. 22|
|Sat. July 16||Amsterdam, NE||Arena||Mon. Feb. 15|
|Mon. July 18||Milan, IT||Stadio San Siro||Mon. Feb. 15|
|Thu. July 21||Paris, FR||Stade de France||Mon. Feb. 15|
|Sun. July 24||Copenhagen, DK||Parken||Mon. Feb. 22|
|Tue. July 26||Stockholm, SE||Friends Arena||Mon. Feb. 15|
|Fri. July 29||Frankfurt, DE||Commerzbank Arena||Mon. Feb. 22|
|Sun. July 31||Brussels, BE||Roi Boudoin||Mon. Feb. 22|