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Friday, February 3, 2017

#MCSList: 28 Manila concert acts who played the Super Bowl's Halftime Show

Note: Well let's make it 28 acts for this list.

It's the Super Bowl season once again, one of the biggest sporting events in the world. It's American Football madness! This year will feature the New England Patriots vs Atlanta Falcons. Also, the Super Bowl Halftime Show (one of my favorites during the 'Bowl) will be headlined by multi-award winning superstar, Lady Gaga. The festivity will be held in Houston's NRG Stadium, Texas on February 5th.

So here in #MCSList, in tribute to Super Bowl Halftime Show, this is Kevin Pableo of Manila Concert Scene and I’ll be listing 27 Manila concert acts who played(plus, Lady Gaga) the Super Bowl's Halftime Show.


The list will be in chronological order, so here we go.

1) Chubby Checker

First on the list is Chubby Checker, the king of Twist dance and one of the greatest pop superstars of all time. He headlined the halftime show of Super Bowl XXII in 1988 with The Rockettes, 72 grand pianos, and the combined San Diego State University Marching Aztecs and USC Marching Bands. Meanwhile, in February 1961, Chubby played his very first Manila Concert and was held at the Araneta Coliseum.

2) New Kids On The Block

Boston based group New Kids On The Block headlined the Disney themed half time show of the silver Super Bowl in 1991. The group played their first Manila concert in February 1992 at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium and in 2012, they performed at the Mall of Asia Arena with the Backstreet Boys.

3) Gloria Estefan

The Conga queen Gloria Estefan first headlined the Halftime Show in Super Bowl XXVI (1991), a Winter Magic theme to salute the 1992 Winter Olympics. This diva also came here in Manila twice: first was held at the Folk Arts Theatre of June 1987 with the Miami Sound Machine and the second was her first major show at the Araneta Coliseum in November 1991.

4) Michael Jackson

The legendary Michael Jackson performed his first & last Halftime Show in 1993′s Super Bowl XXVII. The King of Pop’s performance during the halftime was one of the greatest halftime shows of all time. He played 5 of his songs and there are no special guests in the entire 13 minutes performance. Everybody knows Michael Jackson loves the Philippines, he came here with his brothers in 1966 for a TV appearance, returned in 1976 for The Jackson’s residency shows in Araneta Coliseum and Folk Arts Theatre, and his final Philippine show was a two-night HIStory World Tour held December 1996.

5) Tony Bennett & 6) Miami Sound Machine

The worldwide viewers saw an Indiana Jones themed half time show in Miami at Super Bowl XXIX (1995). Jazz superstar, Tony Bennett is one of its headliners as well as Miami Sound Machine also performed at the said half time show. Tony Bennett came here for the first time in September 2013 at PICC Plenary Hall and the Miami Sound Machine was with Gloria Estefan during the 1987 Folk Arts Theatre show.

7) Boyz II Men & 8) The Temptations

A salute to Motown Music’s 40th Anniversary was the theme at the halftime show in 1998′s Super Bowl. The headliners of the said halftime show are Boyz II Men, Queen Latifah, The Temptation, Smokey Robinson and Martha Reeves

Boyz II Men played here 7 times. Their first was held in NBC Tent (February 2003), second in Ultra Football Field with Brian McKnight (February 2004), third in PhilSports Arena (April 2005), their fourth, fifth and sixth time was in Araneta Coliseum - July 2009, August 2010, September 2014 respectively. The group returned for the seventh time and this time was part of David Foster & Friends show held at the Araneta Coliseum in August 2015.

Meanwhile, The Temptations came here many times, their biggest show was with The Miracles and The Supreme in February 2005 for the greatest Motown Concert at the Araneta Coliseum

9) Stevie Wonder

The legendary Stevie Wonder headlined the Soul, Salsa & Swing theme of the Super Bowl XXXIII Halftime Show in 1999. Gloria Estefan also performed at the halftime. Stevie’s first Manila show was held in May 1988 at the Ultra Football Stadium and returned here after 27 years, hosted a private show in Theatre at Solaire Resorts last April 2015

10) Phil Collins & 11) Christina Aguilera

So Genesis lead vocalist/drummer Phil Collins staged his first halftime show in Super Bowl XXXIV with Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias and Toni Braxton. But did you know that Phil Collins performed here in Manila during his Both Sides of the World Tour. The said concert was held at the ULTRA Football Stadium, May of 1995. Meanwhile, the hitmaker Christina Aguilera headlined her first Manila show in July 2007 for the Back to Basics World Tour at the Bonifacio Open Field.

12) Aerosmith & 13) ‘N Sync/Justin Timberlake
The bad boys from Boston, Aerosmith once played the halftime show with the pop acts Britney Spears and ‘N Sync + hiphop superstars Mary J Blige and Nelly at the Super Bowl XXXV in 2001. Aerosmith brought their Global Warming World Tour in Manila and it was held at the Mall of Asia Arena in May 2013. Meanwhile, ‘N Sync came here in the Philippines back in 1996 and did a promo tour/media appearances here. 14 years later, Justin Timberlake returned to Manila as a special guest at Timbaland’s Shock Value Tour 2 concert with Jojo. The show was held at the Mall of Asia Concert Grounds, March of 2010.

14) Sting
Alright, this time, The Police vocalist Sting was at the halftime show of Super Bowl XXXVII (2003) with Shania Twain and No Doubt. On my concert record list, Sting played here in the Philippines 3 times: his first was in January 1994 at ULTRA Football Stadium. Second in October 1996 at ULTRA Football Stadium again. The third one was at the Araneta Coliseum in December 2012 and he’s coming back again here on March 3, 2016 with Chris Botti at Marriott Manila Grand Ballroom.

15) Janet Jackson

Oh the controversial halftime show featuring Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction. So yeah, Janet Jackson was at the Super Bowl XXVIII (2004) Halftime Show with Justin Timberlake, Nelly, P. Diddy and Kid Rock and the performance was breast-taking…I mean breath taking.
Janet Jackson performed here twice: one in March 1995 at the Folk Arts Theatre and the second was the kick off the Number Ones, Up Close and Personal World Tour in February 2011 at the PICC Plenary Hall.

16) Paul McCartney

Sir Macca was the Super Bowl XXXIX (2005) Halftime Show headliner and he sang 3 songs from The Beatles: “Drive My Car”, “Get Back” and “Hey Jude”. He also sang “Live and Let Die” at the said halftime show. The first time he came here was at The Beatles show in July 1966 at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium. We know the story after their debut concert…sad. Hope he comes back to Manila again.

17) Black Eyed Peas, 18) Usher, 19) Slash
Fast-forward to 2011, The Black Eyed Peas headlined their first halftime show on that year with special guests: pop superstar Usher and rock icon Slash. B.E.P performed here thrice: first in May 2004 at the CCP Open Field, July 27 at the Araneta Coliseum - their very 1st Manila Arena show  and in October 2011 at the Mall of Asia Concert Grounds. Meanwhile, Usher came here in July 2010 at the Mall of Asia Concert Grounds. Lastly, the former Guns N Roses superstar Slash rocked the Araneta Coliseum in May 2013.

20) Madonna, 21) LMFAO, 22) Nicki Minaj

So the queen of pop, Madonna did a halftime show in Super Bowl XLVI (2012) in Indiana. Her special guests during the halftime was former Manila Concert acts Nicki Minaj and LMFAO. Also, M.I.A., Cee Lo Green, Andy Lewis and the Cirque du Soleil also played at Madonna’s halftime show.

Ok, let’s start with the queen, Madonna played here in February 2016 for the Rebel Heart Tour at the Mall of Asia Arena. Nicki Minaj did a Mall of Asia Arena show in July 2012. LMFAO came here twice: 1 - a Republiq show last January 2011 and they did an arena show, held at the Araneta Coliseum, April 2012.

23) Beyoncé

ONE OF THE BEST HALFTIME SHOWS I'VE EVER WATCHED SO FAR! Yes indeed, Queen B hosted her first halftime show in Super Bowl XLVII (2013). She also reunited the Destiny’s Child at her halftime show. So yes, even Beyonce came here in Manila. She brought The BeyoncĂ© Experience World Tour at the Bonifacio Open Field in November 2007.

24) Bruno Mars & 25) Red Hot Chili Peppers
The second Filipino performer to headline a Super Bowl halftime show is Bruno Mars (first - Apl De Ap, Black Eyed Peas). So yeah, Bruno performed at the Super Bowl XLVIII (2014) halftime show with Red Hot Chili Peppers as his special guest. Bruno Mars played here twice: Araneta Coliseum show in April 2011 and Mall of Asia Arena show in March 2014 with Poreotics. Meanwhile, the Chili Peppers headlined the 7107 International Music Festival in Clark, Pampanga, February of 2014.

26) Katy Perry
Lastly, Katy Perry. Ms. Perry performed her very first Super Bowl halftime show in 2015. Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliott was her special guests at the said halftime show. She sang her hits “Roar”, “Dark Horse”, “I Kissed A Girl”, “Teenage Dream”, “California Girls” and “Firework”. Missy Elliott and Katy also performed “Get Ur Freak On” and "Work It. The said halftime show is the most watched halftime show of all time with 118.5 million viewers around the world. So yes, Katy Perry staged concert here thrice: in November 2009 at Mall of Asia Concert Grounds with Neal Schon of Journey and MAE, in January 2012 for the California Dreams World Tour at Mall of Asia Concert Grounds, lastly in May 2015 at the Philippine Arena for the Prismatic World Tour

27) Coldplay

Last year, Coldplay headlined the Golden Super Bowl Halftime Show which was held in San Francisco, California. They performed with former Super Bowl Halftime acts, Beyonce and Bruno Mars.

Oh yeah, and this happened


This 2017, Chris Martin and the band will be playing in Manila for their sold-out A Head Full of Dreams Tour which will be held at the Mall of Asia Concert Grounds on April 2017.

Lastly, 28) Lady Gaga

Yes, Lady Gaga will headline this year's Halftime show which I mentioned on the very first paragraph of this list and we're excited to see it on Monday morning (Manila time).

We all knew Gaga came here twice. First was in August 2009 during her Fame Ball Tour in Araneta Coliseum then the second time was in May 2012 during the Born This Way Ball Tour at the newly opened Mall of Asia Arena.

And that's the list! Are you ready for Lady Gaga's Super Bowl halftime? Who's Manila concert act will headline the halftime soon? Tweet us at @manilaconcerts or follow us on Facebook: facebook.com/manilaconcerts. Follow my personal account @kevin_pableo. See you all at the next #MCSList!

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