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Carlos Santana: Bay Area Bands Should Have Played Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) -- Bay Area music legend Carlos Santana has expressed his dissatisfaction with the NFL and CBS for not including local musicians as part of the Super Bowl 50 halftime show.

The annual halftime extravaganza this year featured British rock bank Coldplay, joined and somewhat overshadowed by Bruno Mars and Beyonce.

Santana, whose signature guitar riffs accompanied game highlights during the Super Bowl 50 telecast, posted on his Facebook page the local bands he felt should have played during halftime.

Dear NFL/CBS....I would like to take this opportunity to thank you both for including me as a part of your Super Bowl entertainment. I do feel compelled to point out to you that the Halftime Show should have included some of the local iconic bands that the World would have loved to see perform. Bands like Metallica, Steve Miller, Journey and yours truly. We would have rocked the Half Time Show and done the SF Bay Area proud. This is just an invitation for you to consider iconic bands as part of your Half Time entertainment. Real live music, real live vocals, and give the audience real live chills.

Carlos Santana

After Santana's post, Journey chimed in on Facebook, sharing Santana's post and commenting, "Thank you, Carlos, and yes we would have all rocked it!"

READ MORE: Santana And Journey Announce Co-Headlining Tour Dates

Metallica was part of the Super Bowl weekend festivities with their "Night Before" concert at AT&T Park in San Francisco. The sold-out event prompted creation of the hashtag #TooHeavyForHalftime.

Santana has never played in a Super Bowl halftime show. In 2003, Santana played a pre-game concert before Super Bowl XXXVII at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, which also featured Beyonce.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated Super Bowl XXXVII was the venue for the Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction. That incident happened at Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004.


Carlos E. Castañeda is Senior Editor, News & Social Media for CBS San Francisco and a San Francisco native. You can follow him on Twitter or send him an email.

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