Every year, millions of people around the country eagerly await the highly anticipated Super Bowl halftime show. Whether they are eager to see Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, or Katy Perry perform, they refuse to change the channel as the two teams go to their locker rooms after two-quarters of tough play. However, everything was different during the 2019 show. It turned out to be the lowest-rated performance in a decade – and now Adam Levine, the leader of Maroon 5, has come forward to explain why his band could not hold America’s attention.
After realizing that not many people watched him perform – despite stripping off his shirt to reveal his tattooed chest – Levine turned to Instagram to reveal his issue with the Super Bowl half time show.
Levine wrote, “When we accepted the responsibility to perform at the SBHTC, I took out my pen and just wrote,” Levine said.
Apparently, he was inspired by the responsibility, and the 39-year-old singer wanted to share something new with the millions of viewers he expected to be watching him.
“Some of the words that came to me at that moment eventually made their way onto the incredible lanterns that flew high and low tonight. We thank the universe for this historic opportunity to play on the world’s biggest stage. We thank our fans for making our dreams possible. And we thank our critics for always pushing us to do better. One love.”
Levine was impressed with his creative spirit and was eager to share it with the millions expected to watch him perform during the Super Bowl halftime show.
“And the list of words is… Forgive, Laugh, Cry, Smile, Share, Live, Endure, Embrace, Remember, Enlighten, Preserve, Inspire, Sweat, Fight, Express, Give, Receive, Elevate, Climb, Unify, Fortify, Soften, Dance, Scream, Dream, Educate, Provide, Inhale, Exhale, Persevere, Stand, Kneel, Overcome, Love, Listen.”
Levine wanted to capture the entire human experience and his love for it all in this collage of words that ended up being featured at the Super Bowl.
Although many Maroon 5 fans demanded Levine not play the Super Bowl halftime show because of the NFL’s attack against the players’ protest, he decided to go forward with it nonetheless.
During an interview on Friday, a few days before the game, Levine explained why he did not join the boycott of the game as the NFL continued to ostracize Colin Kaepernick.
“No one thought about it more than I did,” Levine said. “No one put more thought and love into this than I did. I spoke to many people, most importantly though, I silenced all the noise and listened to myself, and made my decision about how I felt.”
Because Maroon 5’s performance was disastrous compared to the previous ten performances, it is unclear what their career will look like going forward. Despite it all, Levine appears proud that he tried to be inclusive with his show.
What did you think about Maroon 5’s Super Bowl half time show? Were you impressed with it or did you find it dull?
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