Me and Beyoncé were both working on our diets, stressing out. Then the day before, we’re watching playback backstage, and she’s eating a bag of Cheetos. I’m like, ‘That’s what you’re doing?’ [He mimes Beyoncé popping a Cheeto in her mouth.] She’s like, ‘There’s nothing more we can do these last two days. It’s gonna be what it’s gonna be. So I’m gonna enjoy this bag of Cheetos.
Bruno Mars about Beyoncé’s diet before the Super Bowl
Bruno performing ‘That’s What I Like’ for the first time, as well as ‘Show Me‘, ‘Our First Time‘, ‘Pony’, ‘Candy Rain’, ‘Young, Wild and Free’ and ‘Rock With You’ at a pre-Super Bowl show at Club Nomadic in Houston!
Over the past several years, the halftime show has featured a whole lot of not-famous people. Namely, a bunch of anonymous children. Micah and Chris were both in their school’s respective music programs, and performing at halftime was second nature to them. Although they weren’t exactly “performing. Chris remembered hearing the big news from his band director, and everyone’s first question was, "Are we going to have to learn a bunch of new music?” Their band director simply replied with a cheery “Nope!” And really, the best kind of music is the kind you don’t have to learn or play or really even listen to.
Chris was going to be one of the kids who held giant LED panels during Bruno Mars’ first halftime show at Super Bowl XLVIII, and Micah held up one of many giant glowing orbs at Super Bowl XLIX. And that’s really what child performances are in the NFL: “Here, hold this thing. That’s a memory Micah will have forever, and "in memories” is basically how he and Chris were paid – that and a free hat.
This was pretty surprising to hear. You’d think kids would be more of a liability than anything, especially considering the Super Bowl Halftime Show performers are a more closely guarded secret than where Piers Morgan keeps his soul. The headliner is often made public way ahead of time, but it shouldn’t shock anyone that any involved parties had to sign Nondisclosure Agreements about things they saw and heard at rehearsals. What surprised us was that, according to Micah, “there were stacks of NDAs at every rehearsal, so if someone even walked by [where we were practicing], they got rushed and forced to sign an NDA.”
“We got the phone call, they’re like: “Hey, we love these things, we love to raise the stakes and have, you know, another artist there with you. What you like to do something like that?” The first band I thought it was the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I’ve been a fan of theirs for such a long time, I admire their career and, after sitting down, I sat down with Flea, they’re just full band and not just musically but as people.”
—Bruno Mars talking about Red Hot Chili Peppers, 2012.
Anthony Kiedis and Bruno Marsperforming at the Pepsi Super Bowl XVLIII Halftime show.- MetLife Stadium, New Jersey. - 2nd February, 2012