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Coldplay delivers colorful Super Bowl 50 halftime show with Beyonce and Bruno Mars


First of all, it’s incredibly strange watching a Super Bowl halftime show in daylight. It’s like watching Motley Crue at 7 p.m. Just not quite right.

That said, Coldplay delivered an expectedly colorful – and safe – performance that incorporated Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” and gave way to a dancing Beyonce with her newly dropped single, “Formation” (and no surprise that a Beyonce tour was announced just after the halftime show ended - she'll play the Georgia Dome May 1 - tickets on sale Feb. 22).

While Coldplay’s opening “Viva La Vida” sounded (unusually) live, featuring Chris Martin in his patented folded stance,  when the band broke into “Paradise,” the usual lip-syncing (a near-necessity given tricky stadium acoustics and the short time span for setup) kicked in.

The Super Bowl trio. Photo: Getty Images.

A cute little dance-off between Beyonce and Mars ensued before Martin re-appeared out of nowhere for another snippet of “Uptown Funk” (you’d think Mars didn’t have another half-dozen hits he could have performed).

The highlight of the brisk performance was when Coldplay unveiled their gorgeous “Fix You” as musical clips from Super Bowls past – Whitney Houston singing the national anthem, Bruce Springsteen in silhouette with Clarence Clemons, U2, Prince and Michael Jackson doing their thing – scrolled and Martin incorporated lyrical nods such as “it’s a beautiful day, purple rain.”

The showcase ended with the phrase "Believe in Love" spelled out in the stands.

What did you think of this year’s show?

Also - Beyonce's tour dates:

Wed. April 27 Miami, FL Marlins Park Tue. Feb. 16
Fri. April 29 Tampa Raymond James Stadium Tue. Feb. 16
Sun. May 1 Atlanta, GA Georgia Dome Mon. Feb. 22
Tue. May 3 Raleigh, NC Carter-Finley Stadium Mon. Feb. 22
Thu. May 5 Nashville, TN Nissan Stadium Mon. Feb. 22
Sat. May 7 Houston, TX NRG Stadium Mon. Feb. 22
Mon. May 9 Dallas, TX AT&T Stadium Tue. Feb. 16
Thu. May 12 San Diego, CA Qualcomm Stadium Tue. Feb. 16
Sat. May 14 Los Angeles, CA Rose Bowl Tue. Feb. 16
Mon. May 16 San Francisco, CA Levi's Stadium Mon. Feb. 22
Wed. May 18 Seattle, WA CenturyLink Field Mon. Feb. 22
Fri. May 20 Edmonton, AB Commonwealth Stadium Tue. Feb. 16
Mon. May 23 Minneapolis, MN TCF Bank Stadium Mon. Feb. 22
Wed. May 25 Toronto, ON Rogers Centre Tue. Feb. 16
Fri. May 27 Chicago, IL Soldier Field Tue. Feb. 16
Sun. May 29 Detroit, MI Ford Field Mon. Feb. 22
Tue. May 31 Pittsburgh, PA Heinz Field Mon. Feb. 22
Fri. June 3 Boston, MA Gillette Stadium Tue. Feb. 16
Sun. June 5 Philadelphia, PA Lincoln Financial Field Tue. Feb. 16
Tue. June 7 New York, NY Citi Field Tue. Feb. 16
Fri. June 10 Baltimore, MD M&T Bank Stadium Tue. Feb. 16
Sun. June 12 Hershey, PA Hersheypark Stadium Tue. Feb. 16
Tue. June 28 Sunderland, UK Stadium of Light Tue. Feb. 16
Thu. June 30 Cardiff, UK Millennium Stadium Tue. Feb. 16
Sat. July 2 London, UK Wembley Stadium Tue. Feb. 16
Tue. July 5 Manchester, UK Emirates Old Trafford Tue. Feb. 16
Thu. July 7 Glasgow, UK Hampden Park Tue. Feb. 16
Sat. July 9 Dublin, IE Croke Park Mon. Feb. 15
Tue. July 12 Dusseldorf, DE Esprit Arena Mon. Feb. 22
Thu. July 14 Zurich, CH Letzigrund Mon. Feb. 22
Sat. July 16 Amsterdam, NE Arena Mon. Feb. 15
Mon. July 18 Milan, IT Stadio San Siro Mon. Feb. 15
Thu. July 21 Paris, FR Stade de France Mon. Feb. 15
Sun. July 24 Copenhagen, DK Parken Mon. Feb. 22
Tue. July 26 Stockholm, SE Friends Arena Mon. Feb. 15
Fri. July 29 Frankfurt, DE Commerzbank Arena Mon. Feb. 22
Sun. July 31 Brussels, BE Roi Boudoin Mon. Feb. 22


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