That song, with its Brown-flavored beat, allowed the Hawaiian-born singer to dance in homage to “Soul Brother Number One,” complete with an impressive gymnastics-style split as part of his moves. He broke down the band to silence and killed the lights for a moment, allowing the crowd’s screams to be heard at home, before transitioning to the Chili Peppers and the funky “Give It Away.”
The group, which included singer Anthony Kiedis and bassist Flea sans shirts in fairly cold weather, powered through the song, then joined Mars and his Hooligans in a quick few bars from Black Sabbath.
Mars and his eight-piece band, The Hooligans, were dressed from head-to-toe in custom-created clothes from Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane.
Fox cut to video segments of soldiers around the world dedicating the next song to loved ones before going back to Mars. He appeared alone on a small stage in the center of the field where he sang ballad “Just the Way You Are” with the stands full of lights and the sky aflame with the biggest fireworks display in NFL Super Bowl history.
It was a powerful moment and compared favorably to past performances by stars like Prince and Bruce Springsteen.
There was never a dull moment. That’s about all you can ask from any Super Bowl halftime show.