It's been more than a decade since the NFL staged a Super Bowl halftime show rock fans could get excited about. The Who took the field and stage at the 2011 game. Since then, a few rock acts have had cameo performances with pop artists. Lenny Kravitz shared the spotlight with Katy Perry and Missy Elliott in 2015. The Red Hot Chili Peppers appeared with Bruno Mars in 2014 and Slash shared the stage with The Black Eyed Peas and Usher in 2011. Rock dominated the Big Game mid way concert during a 10 year stretch starting in 2000. Phil Collins (2000), Aerosmith (2001), and Sting (2004) shared the stage with other non-rock acts, and U2 (2002), Paul McCartney (2005) the Rolling Stones (2006), Prince (2007), Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (2008), Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (2009) and the Who (2010) had the stage to themselves.
This weekend's game extends a nauseatingly long run of pop acts the event has featured since 2011 when Jennifer Lopez and Shakira headline the space.