The weather might be hovering around the freezing point for the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show, but Bruno Mars and his band are sure to warm things up with one of his trademark scorching performances.
Mars will take the stage for the Feb. 2 showcase along with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, following in the footsteps of artists like Beyonce, Bruce Springsteen, Prince and Tom Petty who have rocked the Super Bowl crowd in recent years.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Mars said at a recent press conference touting his appearance. “We were all watching last year with Beyonce, and we all wondered, ‘What if we got the call to do that?’ It definitely came soon, and we’re just honored. Some greats have come across that stage, and we’re just excited that we’re getting the shot.”
Mars would not tip his hand as to what his performance will hold, but after a few days of rehearsals at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., he noted that he would have a lot to get used to leading up to show time.
“You never really know what to expect,” Mars said with a laugh. “Like the microphone turns into a popsicle, so there are things like that you don’t expect.”
Fender.com recently caught up with Mars’ bassist Jamareo Artis at the 2014 NAMM Show, and he seemed confident that the cold would not be a major factor.
“I’ve heard all about the weather, and I’ve been asked about it a lot,” Artis said. “But I’m going to be warm before I hit the stage. For a show like this, I’m sure we’ll have a dressing room to get ready. And we’ll have some instruments in there to warm our fingers up.
“I’m an active guy, so I’ll be jumping around before I get on stage, so by the time I hit the stage, I won’t be worrying about my fingers freezing up. I’m going to be ready to go. I’m too excited, anyway.”
As for the Chili Peppers, drummer Chad Smith joked in an interview with Artisan New Services that the band would attempt to cover Led Zeppelin’s “Dazed and Confused.”
Regardless of what Mars and the Chili Peppers decide to do, Sunday’s halftime show promises to be must-see viewing.
Just don’t ask anyone to pick between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks.
“I’m not normally a big football guy, but since I’m there, I’m going to be a big football fan,” Artis laughed. “Look, whichever team wins, that’s who I’m going to be rooting for!”
One thing is certain. Fender fans can expect to see some killer instruments during the act.
Mars’ guitarist Phred Brown will play a modified Cabronita Telecaster with a Black and Aztec Gold Sunburst finish, while Artis will feature a gold sparkle American Vintage 1963 Precision Bass. In addition, Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer is expected to rock his pink Fender Custom Shop Stratocaster.