Super Bowl XL, halftime show

Super_bowl_xl_logo_5_5   8:04 p.m.
  That Sons & Daughters promo just made a joke about Hitler. Sorry folks, but despite the success of The Producers, that ain’t cool.
  8:06 p.m.
  Note to AdFreak readers: This, uh, review of the Rolling Stones’ performance is very stream of consciousness. Here we go:
“Start Me Up”: Predictable opening song; perhaps too predictable. … I’m looking for old people in the audience at the Rolling Stones gig; it’s a peccadillo of mine … But the Stones logo, particularly Stones1_1now that the “tongue” is rolling up to reveal people, is very cool. … Charlie Watts is better at looking bored than any other living being in the known universe. … And the audio, you can actually hear Mick Jagger sing. Surely this is one of the great technological advancements of the 21st century …What is that doo-dad hanging from Keith Richards’ hair? … The first song was fairly tame, but they did strike the lyric “You make a dead man come.” (UPDATE: ABC apparently put the Stones on tape delay. I shoulda thought of that.)
“Rough Justice”: Now we’re into the obligatory song from the new album (I think it is anyway—I just know it’s not “Sympathy f or the Devil.”) But no one bought the album so who cares? … God help me. Even though I don’t know what the doo-dad is that’s hanging from Richards’ hair, I’m still just so awed and grateful that he’s still alive.
“Satisfaction”: Mick Jagger has stripped down, and he is another miracle of modern science, but not cuz he looks like hell and is still alive, but because he’s so freakin’ old and looks great. (As long as you don’t pay attention to the wrinkles.) … Uh oh, Keith Richards just coughed. Is this a sign of The End? … Oh good, he’s back hanging with his twin brother: Ron Wood. … OK, now Jagger is starting to bother me; he was just waving his arms like a chorus girl. … Haven’t seen any old people yet, except for the one’s on stage, but hope springs eternal.
It’s over. No wardrobe malfunctions. No deaths of band members. All in all, a good show. And more edgy than Paul McCartney.

—Posted by Catharine P. Taylor