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Madonna to perform at Super Bowl? 5 acts from the '80s who'd be better



David Bowie/AP photoIs there seriously anyone out there remotely excited about seeing Madonna perform at Super Bowl halftime Feb. 5 in Indianapolis? Show of hands, please? The entire gig smells like a cheap marketing ploy for the 53-year-old singer, who has a new album in the works and movie set for release two days before the NFL's showcase game.

If you're going to pick an act from the '80s, which I'm all in favor of, might I suggest these five instead. Added bonus: I've picked the three songs they should each perform.

THE B-52s: I wasn't a believer in the B's until I saw them live at the Hollywood Bowl on Labor Day Weekend. And now, I see the light. Put Fred and the girls on stage and let them rip through Planet Claire, Love in the Year 3000 and Rock Lobster. (Yep, skip Love Shack.)


DURAN DURAN: The boys from Britain are on a roll this year with a new album and world tour. Shame on the Rock Hall of Fame for not nominating them to the hall. Make those music snobs drool by playing Hungry Like the Wolf, All You Need is Now and Rio.

GUNS N' ROSES: Yes, with the original lineup. Just remind Axl that he has to show up on time. He'll want to play Chinese Democracy, but make them stick with Welcome to the Jungle, Sweet Child o' Mine and Live and Let Die.

VAN HALEN: I feel bad suggesting them, since they'll soon be pimping a new album too. But how cool would it be to see Diamond Dave scream "I heard you missed us ... we're back!" to a sold-out stadium before launching into Panama, You Really Got Me and Jump.

DAVID BOWIE: A regal pick. Bowie has absolutely nothing to prove to anyway, which makes him such a great pick. Just seeing him stand there on stage would give people chills. And just three songs to pick? Space Oddity, Absolute Beginners, Changes.

[Last modified: Monday, December 5, 2011 9:31am]


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