Super Bowl Half Time Show: ‘The Weeknd’ A Hit Or A Miss?
The weekend here in Western New York was a hit for those who enjoy activities advanced by snow. The Weeknd, I'm now talking about the Super Bowl halftime show was not as clear cut.
The halftime show at the Super Bowl according to USA Today was bound from the very start to be challenged by COVID-19 protocols. Limited fans in the stadium, a reluctance to bring in guest performers (why Abel Tesfaye sang alone), masks or no masks, it was always going to make the show a bit of a challenge.
Then came the sound problems— the audio on the first song was so bad that many of us at home were left wondering what was happening.
Once, you realized it wasn't your large screen TV and the audio was corrected, The Weeknd attempted to create a more dynamic atmosphere by moving inside a set that was supposed to simulate a funhouse. It ended up being more disappointing and had fans comparing camera work to The Joker in Batman movie The DarKnight.
Then the masked, or were they bandaged, background dancers led to moments that were just sort of weird. When asked by the media about the bandages The Weeknd said...
“The significance of the entire head bandages is reflecting on the absurd culture of Hollywood celebrity and people manipulating themselves for superficial reasons to please and be validated,” he said.
Hmmm...I may have to think about that for a while.
It's not that The Weeknd isn't a Grammy-winning artist with a number of good songs.
The highlight was probably when The Weeknd ran down to the field and with all his bandaged or masked counterparts, dancing to his new hit, “Blinding Lights.”
At that point, it was a great song sung by an award-winning artist in concert, dancing, celebrating, and having fun.