2. Hey B…Take Cues From The Purple One
If Beyonce wants to knock it out of the proverbial park, the powerhouse vocalist should look no further than Prince’s peerless 2007 Super Bowl stand. Much of the glowing praise centered around the guitar-wailing legend heroically pulling off “Purple Rain”…in the pouring rain. But it was the complete package that had critics calling it the greatest half-time exhibition of all-time. Prince’s explosive mix of hits, intriguing covers and clever surprises (bringing out Florida A&M’s marching band was a nice touch) made for epic theater.
Beyonce’s rumored leaked set-list? Let’s re-work that. “Crazy In Love” should still be on the menu. It’s simply too good to pass up. But how about “Get Me Bodied”? That infectious track would give the ‘Yonce plenty of space to show off those majestic pipes and interact with her background dancers, especially on the song’s infectious, bust-a-move, break-down. “Countdown” works as well—it seems ready-made for an army of brass players. If you want to throw in some rock & roll (remember the NFL’s main demographic, folks), breaking out into the Rolling Stones’ “Honky Tonk Woman” would make the most jaded Middle America football fan pump his/her fist in the air. And you want a tear-jerker moment? Deliver a tribute to all of the people lost to senseless gun violence over the past few months with the uplifting song “Halo”? Bring your lighters.