Metallica, one of the biggest bands of ALL TIME, appears to be getting the boot from the NFL. Their fans created a petition and amassed over 25,000 signatures – to which the NFL has yet to respond.
Regardless, the league appears to be turning a blind eye to the movement, as a report from Billboard is suggesting that the NFL wants Bruno Mars to perform… again. This is unprecedented, considering Bruno Mars just performed last year at Superbowl XLVIII. (2014) Why would you use the same performer twice in such a short period of time? Bruno Mars is great… but he doesn’t need to be seen at the Superbowl TWICE in 5 years. (Nor does anyone else)
This is a VERY strange situation. The NFL cannot claim that Metallica is wrong for their audience. Football fans love heavy metal, and it could expose a new generation to the magic of rock & metal – which is largely stereotyped as a violent genre.
What could the problem with Metallica be? Are they trying to keep their programming ‘family friendly’? If that’s the case… Metallica would be a much better choice. Bruno Mars was arrested in 2010 for Possession of Cocaine in a well documented incident in Las Vegas.
Is the NFL concerned that fans wouldn’t be excited about Metallica? This couldn’t be possible. Metallica has reportedly sold 110 million albums worldwide.
It appears the selection process comes down to one specific factor: favoritism.
In an interview with Billboard in December, the director of Media events for the NFL (Sarah Moll) actually said that booking Bruno Mars for the Superbowl (in 2014) was one of her ‘greatest achievements’.
“Myself and our producer, Ricky Kirshner, were both personal fans of Bruno and had seen him in concert and knew what he could do,” Moll said. “And it was a lot of just telling folks here and getting folks excited about Bruno and taking them to shows and letting them see what he could do. And that’s kind of what got it going.” she said.
Clearly, she is a very big fan of Bruno Mars – which eliminates the possibility of a fair process. This is a very important moment for metal fans. They can sit back and let their genre fade away, or they can stand up for their scene.
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