Paul McCartney

By now, everyone knows the deal with the Super Bowl halftime show and what to expect. There hasn’t been a ton of Rock performances showcased over the years and those that were obviously have to comprise their routine to fit the format. As the golden anniversary of the big game approaches, with Coldplay getting the gig this year, Alternative Nation takes a crack at highlighting some of the top ‘Rock Moments’ of Super Bowl halftime performances:

U2 (XXXVI, New Orleans, 2002) – perhaps the most meaningful and moving performance of them all due to the “Where the Streets Have No Name” finale. During a fragile time in U.S. history, U2 beautifully captures the healing power of music as they run a backdrop highlighting the names of all the 9/11 victims.

Prince (XLI, Miami, 2007) – before closing his set with a riveting version of “Purple Rain,” Prince unexpectedly blasts into the Foo Fighters “Best of You.” Grohl, who was on vacation with his family at the time, had no idea Price would be playing his song. “Having been a massive Prince fan my whole life, I was flattered beyond words. What an honor to be covered by one of your heroes,” Grohl said afterwards via Songfacts.

Bruce Springsteen (XLIII, Tampa, 2009)Working on Dream was released earlier in the week. A fitting “Glory Days” preps us for a thrilling second half with a last minute finish. The Boss’ slide across stage(3.52) at 59 years old is the highlight of this performance. The guitar flips at the end are pretty cool too.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (XLII, Glendale, 2008) – Sounding right off the record as usual. Some simple and great visual effects/crowd participation holding up the hearts. “Runnin’ Down a Dream,” is a very appropriate Super Bowl song – and that’s exactly what the Giants did.

Bruno Mars/featuring the Red Hot Chili Peppers (XLVIII, East Rutherford, 2014) – bear with me here. The Peppers had nothing to really promote here, but jumped on stage for a unique rendition of “Give it Away” (7.21). The highlight of this performance however is Mars’ drum solo (0.51) to kick it off. Say what you will, the guy is a talented musician (good taste in music/Super Bowl collaborators too.

Paul McCartney (XXXIX, Jacksonville, 2005) – Classic McCartney. Some flash but mostly instruments. The epic “Hey Jude” outro was made for that Super Bowl moment. Worth noting – Fox/Ameriquest delivered a perfect McCartney intro “…building bridges across time and around the world.”
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Honorable Mention:
• The Rolling Stones (XL, Detroit, 2006)
• The Who (XLIV, Miami, 2010)

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Dave Grohl discussed a conspiracy theory regarding his broken leg, comparing it to Paul McCartney’s Paul is Dead conspiracy, during a hilarious diatribe at Foo Fighters’ recent show at the Milton Keynes Bowl, as transcribed by Alternative Nation.

“Let me tell you something, let’s break it down. Let me tell you, I’m sorry about the fuckin’ delay, my apologies. I have a note from my doctor! Although I’m really into the idea of a conspiracy theory, I think it’s fuckin’ rad. What if, what if I didn’t break my fuckin’ leg? What if I jumped off stage and I fell on the ground, and I made it all look like it was a fuckin’ emergency? And then they dragged me off to the side, and the band keeps playing, and then 10 minutes later, I magically fucking reappear on stage. And then I get somebody else’s X-Ray of a broken leg, and I make it into a t-shirt, and we make millions of fucking dollars. And I design this fucking awesome throne, so I don’t have to fucking stand up any more! Imagine that.

Who is Paul McCartney? Who knows? I fucking have that album cover, seems a little strange to me. But let me tell you, if it weren’t for that other guy who broke his leg – I’m sorry, if it wasn’t for me breaking my leg, we might not be here tonight! Wembley, it’s Wembley you know, it’s just Wembley. Glastonbury I was a little upset about, I wanted to do Glastonbury. You still got your wristband from Glastonbury? Let it go motherfucker, let it go! You know that smells like cow shit, that’s right. Maybe next time.”

In a new article published by ‘TheRichest,’ the world’s top 10 wealthiest bassists were ranked. It comes as no surprise that legendary artist Paul McCartney tops the list with an estimated net worth of $1.2 billion.

Influential alt-rock bassists also ranked among the richest bassists. Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers took the no. 6 spot with an estimated net worth of $115 million, while Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic finished off the list at no. 10 with an estimated net worth of $40 million. Also making the list were Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones and Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler.