Every year people piss and moan about the Super Bowl half time show.
Do they really, though? Because from Nipplegate up until this year, the halftime shows have been pretty kick-ass.
The seven years before Janet:
1997: The Blues Brothers, ZZ Top, James Brown, Catherine Crier
1998: Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, The Temptations, Queen Latifah, Grambling State University Band
1999: Chaka Khan, Gloria Estefan, Stevie Wonder, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Savion Glover, Kiss
2000: Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton, 80-person choir, Edward James Olmos
2001: Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Aerosmith, 'N Sync, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, Nelly
2003: Shania Twain, No Doubt, Sting
The seven years after:
2005: Paul McCartney
2006: The Rolling Stones
2008: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
2009: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
2010: The Who
2011: The Blackeyed Peas
I don't remember too many people bitching about those recent shows at all.
I'm sure if they got together and Axl missed a word to a song it would cast the world into Armaggedon.
Would never happen--he has all those teleprompters set up all over the stage for a reason--so he won't have to remember the lyrics to songs he wrote and started performing 25 years ago.
Speaking of which, next year is the actual 25th anniversary of Appetite for Destruction, and there's a pretty good chance that they'll be nominated/inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. If they do get inducted, which I think would be at the end of 2012, there would be a lot of pressure on them to reunite for the ceremony in March 2013 (I think).
Lots of issues with these guys, though. I don't think the Super Bowl thing will happen, but you never know. Slightly better chance at the RNRHOF.