linkMy second observation is that there's quite a bit of post-halftime show chatter and various write-ups about how Bruno stole the show or Beyoncé stole the show, or how both did and that they were the real stars at halftime. I can't argue that they were totally fabulous, but I'll have to disagree that they "stole the show" and I want the world, or at least my little corner of it, to know why.
When we arrived at our second rehearsal on the Thursday before the game, Chris Martin of Coldplay was down on the field working with multiple leaders and coordinators of the show. He was running all over the place from stage to field to tech people with an intense look of focus as they cemented all the details of who was going to be where and how it was all going to come together. We ran the show three times that night, and after one of the run-throughs, he intentionally took the time to quiet the mass of chaos going on and thank us for being there. He called us the "engine" and the "energy" of the show, told us we were important and spoke to us with kindness and respect. He then went on to pour himself into multiple songs with full energy. His musicianship was also impressively displayed by the collaboration between him and Gustav Dudamel, who conducted the youth orchestra. Then he moved out of the way to allow the other artists to do their thing and shine.
And shine they did. The halftime show is known for sparkle and brilliance, and man they brought it, for sure. We were all admittedly star-struck when they suddenly appeared before us at rehearsal. Bruno hadn't been confirmed yet, so it was pretty thrilling when he popped up. Beyoncé appeared in front of blinding lights and kept an air of mystery as she and her girls danced in sync before our eyes to a song we couldn't hear. We assumed it was because the song was a new release and couldn't yet be revealed. Then they all came together on the stage, and it was big and exciting and only feet or even inches away from us. All that sparkling gold and black. Crazy. And then, Bruno and Beyoncé disappeared and we were left with this floaty feeling of having just been face to face with some outrageous fame.
But even though those two undoubtedly upped the star power, it was still Chris who really impressed me. Even on game day, he was right there with us at the end of the tunnel, and he looked as giddy as we were to run out there.
Let me be very clear that I have nothing bad at all to say about Bruno or Beyoncé. They weren't rude or unkind in any way. They were awesome. They, too, poured countless hours into their performances and smiled at us and I had a ball singing along with them!
I'm just saying that in Chris Martin I saw a gifted, fun musician shine even brighter because of his humility and kindness. That is louder and cooler and sexier than any flashy sequins in my book.
I enjoyed Coldplay music before this experience. Then, I got to know it better this week as I practiced singing along with their songs during my commute. Now, I consider myself a fan. Because in my opinion, humility and kindness equals rock star, and even the biggest names can't steal that away.
I'd love to get the opinion of anyone outside of the US on this. Does your country do this self deprecating humor junk all the time? I feel like everyone in the US is just using the current spike in racial discussion to churn out lame content. SNL would have never made this video 5 years ago but now they can do it and get away with some really crappy jokes and stereotypes.
As I have said it: there is something behind their songs and lyrics that makes me love Coldplay. It doesn't matter what kind of music they play, I'll follow them for who they are, a group of friends showing how important is to enjoy what you do and how being respectful let you be successful.
I just love how you put this, Alisbe!As I have said it: there is something behind their songs and lyrics that makes me love Coldplay. It doesn't matter what kind of music they play, I'll follow them for who they are, a group of friends showing how important is to enjoy what you do and how being respectful let you be successful.
xSomewhat surprisingly, when Chris Martin first called Mars to ask if he'd perform with Coldplay at the 2016 halftime, he passed. "I told him I don't think so," Mars says. "I just felt like I'd just done it." Martin persisted, asking Mars to swing by the Malibu studio where he was working. "So I drove out there and he pitched it," Mars says. "'You and Beyoncé, doing "Uptown Funk" – I want to be responsible for giving that gift to the world.' That's what he said, in his sweet, charming, English way."
Mars was still skeptical. "You've got to be careful with those [multi-artist] performances," he says. "They do it a lot on award shows, where you've got so many cameos but nothing solid." He told Martin to talk to Beyoncé and see what she thought. Martin's response: "'Let's talk to her right now!'" He took out his phone and shot a video of himself and Mars, then texted it to Beyoncé. To Mars' surprise, she was in.
Mars says he got an education watching Beyoncé prepare. "She's not fucking joking around," he says. "She's going to get onstage and show everybody why she's the best every single time. She's got that monster in her." But the memory that stands out is more relatable. "Me and Beyoncé were both working on our diets, stressing out," he says. "Then the day before, we're watching playback backstage, and she's eating a bag of Cheetos. I'm like, 'That's what you're doing?'"
He mimes Beyoncé popping a Cheeto in her mouth. "She's like, 'There's nothing more we can do these last two days. It's gonna be what it's gonna be. So I'm gonna enjoy this bag of Cheetos.'"