Chris Jericho Explains Why Metallica Deserves to Play the Super Bowl Halftime Show

October 10, 2019

The Super Bowl is one of the most-watched sporting events of the year, and a highly-anticipated halftime show demands an artist (or artists) worthy of its magnitude. At least that's what many rock and metal fans believe.

The last rock band to headline (not feature) a halftime show was The Who in 2010. Since then it has been full-scale pop with only a few, brief apperances by Slash, Lenny Kravitz and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. So when it was announced that Jennifer Lopez and Shakira would be the headliners of the Super Bowl LIV halftime show in Miami, many members of the rock community saw it as another snub when there are many bands that are more than worthy of playing it instead.

That sentiment was shared by pro-wrestler/Fozzy frontman Chris Jericho during his visit to the WAAF studio, who explained by Metallica at the very least, deserves to play the halftime show. "I was talking to Lars [Ulrich] and I asked him 'Have you guys ever been invited to do the Super Bowl?'," asked Jericho. "And he said 'We got invited to play the pre-Super Bowl party one time in San  Francisco, but never.'"

After hearing that Jennier Lopez and Shakira would be the headliners, "Give me a break," replied Jericho. "How about Metallica? How about KISS? How about AC/DC, hello? How about Slipknot? You want a spectacle? Obviously that might be a little to heavy but Metallica needs to play the Super Bowl!"

"There's stadium-level bands that have never been invited to play. I'm getting a little sick of it."

Check out Mistress Carrie's full interview with Chris Jericho in the podcast below: