Super Bowl halftime show: Black Eyed Peas joined by Usher, Slash

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Monday, February 7, 2011; 10:56 AM

The Super Bowl halftime show featuring the Black Eyed Peas included surprise guests Usher and Slash. As Hank Stuever reported:

The Black Eyed Peas - all well into their 30s now - descended on wires for a quick and uninspired robot-romp through their childlike pop oeuvre; songs that were written for people for whom there is no higher priority than to go to VIP nightclubs, which sort of makes the Peas the permanent house band for a dumbed-down America. Get it started, tonight's gonna be a good night, boom-boom-pow, and all that 2000s stuff.

Some peevish sound tech perhaps switched off their microphones, but the light people really went for broke, dressing an audience of dancers up as glow-stick androids. When it came time to spell out LOVE, the V was a bit dim. Even when joined by Usher, the Peas' halftime show was too.

Melissa Bell gave her reaction to the Black Eyed Peas' collaboration with Slash:

There have been some complaints about the Super Bowl's musical performance Sunday night. Christina Aguilera flubbed the lyrics of the national anthem. The Black Eyed Peas struggled through bad audio and messed up electronics. I could have forgiven the overpaid musical acts for the sloppy showmanship.

But then the Black Eyed Peas committed the greatest musical sin of all: Fergie in an outfit an alien wouldn't be caught dead dressed in tried to channel Axl Rose, swinging hips and all, during the halftime show. Guns 'N' Roses guitarist Slash did his best to play along to her, but nothing could save that song from Fergie. As a much needed ear cleaning, the one and only "Sweet Child O' Mine."

Celebritology also reviewed the Super Bowl halftime show, and gave this report card to the performers:

Winners: The Black-Eyed Peas

The Peas don't possess even a fraction of the musical credibility owned by recent Super Bowl halftime performers like The Who, Bruce Springsteen or Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. But the abundance of Tron-esque effects in their performance, not to mention the trademark Peas spunk, managed to make this halftime spectacle more entertaining than expected.

Losers: Guns N' Roses

By singing "Sweet Child 'O Mine" with Slash -- not the first time these artists have teamed up, by the way -- the Peas' Fergie again did a better Axl Rose than Axl Rose has done in years. Which is sad. And by appearing during a Super Bowl halftime show, Slash made his recent judgmental comments about "Glee" seem even more ludicrous. Dude, people who live on stadium stages with the Black Eyed Peas should not cast stones at Chris Colfer and co.

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