The Red Hot Chili Peppers, who famously perform shirtless (and occassionally only in tubesocks), have been named to join Bruno Mars at the halftime show of this year's Super Bowl in New Jersey. Much of the focus on this year's big game has centered around the venue, MetLife Stadium, which figures to be a very cold place to play football in February. It's the first time that the Super Bowl has been played in an open air stadium in a cold-weather location.
Amid the recent frozen scourge of polar vortices, the fears have only grown that this year's experiment could be a total disaster. Last week, NFL commish Roger Goodell suggested that New Jersey was a unique venue and that this year's cold-weather bonanza might be a one-time deal: "Will we look at other Super Bowls in cold-weather sites? I think we'll wait and make that evaluation later."
To this wintry mix, add four Red Hot Chili Peppers. With yesterday's announcement, the attention now momentarily turns to the Los Angeles funk-rock band, which has quite a history of performing without their clothes on. (Here is a clip of the band performing live with nothing on but strategically-placed tubesocks.)
Will they show up all the football opiners who say the Super Bowl will be diminished because of the weather? Or is there a large problem looming?
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