Welcome to another episode of Music Moves Me!
Who are the #MusicMovesMe bloggers? We are bloggers who blog about music each Monday and if you have music to share with us, you are most welcome to join! (Music Posts Only , please!) First, there is XmasDolly, Her co-hostesses are: Stacy of Stacy Uncorked, Cathy from Curious as a Cathy, and me. As Xmas Dolly likes to say, "Applause!"
Each month we have a guest co-hostess who picks themes for the month, and this month we are featuring Songbird from Songbird's Crazy World.
Her theme for today is "You Pick".
Yesterday, in the United States, was the championship football game known as the Super Bowl (perhaps the biggest sporting event in the United States) and the featured entertainment at half time (always an honor) was the up and coming Canadian artist The Weeknd.
The Weeknd (the "e" before "nd" is left out intentionally, to avoid legal conflicts with a group called The Weekend)'s real name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, who will be turning 31 in just a few days. This is not from the halftime show, but this song was the final song in his set.
I only know a couple of his songs, including one called "Blinding Lights". It has such an 80's vibe, and I love it. Some believe that the song refers to this artist's (admitted) on and off drug use.
But this catchy song inspired me to make today's post about past Super Bowl music performances by some of the most popular or best artists ever. Here, for your amusement, is a ranking of the Super Bowl halftime performances once they became music events (they weren't for the first few years).
The late Tom Petty performs at Super Bowl 42 (2008) with a slightly shortened performance of "Running Down Dreams".
The late Prince rocked a rainy Super Bowl 41, including this performance of Purple Rain. He was performing in dangerous conditions but pulled it off. Check out the guitar starting around 1:17.
In 1998 (Super Bowl 32) there was a tribute to Motown with various artists. It's some 12 minutes but features a number of artists.
I will end this with U2's 2002 Super Bowl performance, months after the events of 9/11, which the concert paid tribute to.
And that's a wrap!
Join me again next week, same time, same place.