This Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVIII matchup between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks will kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET, but the real action won’t start until about an hour and a half later.
The Super Bowl Halftime Show will feature two-time Grammy Award-winning artist Bruno Mars, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and tens of thousands of screaming fans. The exact start time of the performance depends on how the game’s first half progresses, but Mars is expected to take the stage shortly after 8 p.m. ET.
Fox has the honor of broadcasting Super Bowl XLVIII and plans to use the mega-event to test drive its new “Fox Sports Go” service. As such, the network will offer an online Super Bowl Halftime Show live stream for paid subscribers, Variety reports. Fans can access the online live stream by going to FoxSports.com, by downloading the Fox Sports Go or NFL Mobile apps, or by clicking here or here. Or, if you prefer to watch the big event on TV, the Super Bowl will air on FOX. (Check your local listings for channel.)
This year’s performers will have a hard time surpassing the popularity of last year’s halftime show -- more than 100 million viewers tuned in to see Beyonce perform in the Superdome. At his Super Bowl preview press conference, Mars revealed his excitement over the opportunity.
"No matter where I perform, it's my job to uplift the people -- whether I'm performing at a graduation party, wedding, bar mitzvah, Grammys, Super Bowl, I'm gonna give it all I got," Mars said, via the Hollywood Reporter. "I don't trapeze and all that stuff. I hope to get people dancing and get people smiling. If you ever come to my shows, it's just us up there with these songs and our instruments. I hope that's enough."
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Mars also explained his decision to share his spotlight with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. "The first band I thought of was the Red Hot Chili Peppers -- I've been a fan of theirs for such a long time, I admire their career," he said. "They're a soulful band -- and not just musically, but as people. I sat down with Flea, and he's so passionate about music. Even to this day, doing it for so long, he's still so passionate about creating music and performing. I want to surround myself with guys like that forever, and it's an honor to share the stage with them.”
The 28-year-old crooner was tight-lipped about his setlist, saying that he wouldn’t reveal which of his hit songs he plans to play until the Super Bowl halftime show begins. “It's only a couple days away, [fans] can hold tight,” he said.
Still, with hit songs like “Just The Way You Are,” “Grenade,” “Locked Out Of Heaven,” and “When I Was Your Man” to choose from, Mars won’t have any trouble keeping the MetLife Stadium crowd on its feet.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers also haven’t revealed their setlist, but shot down some of the more bizarre rumors that are circulating about their halftime show performance. Drummer Chad Smith talked about the setlist with Spin.
“Obviously I can't tell you what we're going to do, it would ruin the surprise. Come on, you gotta watch. It's gonna be great. Bruno Mars, we met them, his band are great people. Today I'm going to rehearse with them outside in the beautiful weather here in New Jersey, it'll be a real spectacle, I'm looking forward to it."