Maroon 5's halftime performance at the Super Bowl is being torn to shreds
"The Fyre Festival of halftime shows."
He might have the moves like Jagger, but Adam Levine's band didn't put on a halftime show like The Rolling Stones, Beyonce, Bruce Springsteen, Bruno Mars, U2, or even 'left shark' because Maroon 5's recent performance at Super Bowl LIII really failed to make an impression.
The Patriots may have come away with the the Vince Lombardi Trophy but both Levine and the LA Rams will be licking their wounds after a night to forget.
The pop-rockers called on Spongebob, Travis Scott, and Outkast's Big Boi to lend them a helping hand during the show but it didn't improve their fate.
To begin with, the band were somewhat swimming against the tide because there were large calls for the half-time pageantry to be boycotted due to the NFL's handling of the Colin Kaepernick situation.
Before they even took to the stage, Maroon 5 had troubles of their own in getting any support acts in but they carried on regardless, with Adam Levine defending his band this week, saying:
“No one put more thought and love into this than I did. I spoke to many people. Most importantly, though, I silenced all the noise and listened to myself, and made my decision about how I felt.”
Well, after tearing off his shirt in front of a global audience, it appears that the performance did not inspire.
Here are some of the reviews.
Deadline - "Maroon 5’s terrible Super Bowl halftime show lacks lift-off or soul. They didn’t so much crash and burn as simply sputtered."
The Daily Beast said: "Maroon 5’s Super Bowl halftime show was just as mind-numbingly dull as you feared. This year’s Maroon 5-led half-time show was so listless and pedestrian, the lion’s share of the 100 million people who tune in for the non-football elements of the Super Bowl were left, for the first time in years, actually craving the excitement of a sporting event so lethargic that two minutes of gameplay takes 20 minutes to actually progress."
The Guardian - " Adam Levine's torso can't save tedious affair."
BBC - "Maroon 5's Super Bowl show fails to catch fire."
The Atlantic - "Maroon 5’s halftime show felt designed to be forgotten."
New Yorker - "Maroon 5’s Adam Levine can be magnetic onstage, but his songs sound benign and computer-generated, smoothed to the point of incomprehensibility."
As for the people that were watching at home, well...
Truth be told, we still don't forgive them for the World Cup and that bloody song that was played ALL THE TIME!
This halftime show is starting to make me uncomfortable. #SuperBowl53
— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) February 4, 2019
This is the Fyre Festival of halftime shows
— Kavitha A. Davidson (@kavithadavidson) February 4, 2019
KATY PERRY RODE IN ON A GIANT METAL LION
LADY GAGA FLEW THROUGH THE FREAKING AIR
AND YALL ARE ALL HYPED UP BECAUSE ADAM LEVINE TOOK HIS SHIRT OFF??????????? #SuperBowl pic.twitter.com/3l3Exx7Q6l
— Mary Joy✨ (@maryjoymcdaniel) February 4, 2019
Hi there while you’re enjoying this mediocre Maroon 5 halftime please remember a football legend was blacklisted from this entire sport for merely putting his knee on the ground in protest of black people being murdered. Enjoy your pop music!
— Listening in the Dark ✨ Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) February 4, 2019
Maroon 5 literally became Nickleback right before our eyes tonight.
— Freak Native (@freak_native) February 4, 2019
Super Bowl halftime nipple rules feel inconsistent
— Katie Nolan (@katienolan) February 4, 2019
The Patriots winning another Super Bowl after Adam Levine took his shirt off is the worst thing to happen to the city of Atlanta in a long time
— sreekar (@sreekyshooter) February 4, 2019