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Carlos Santana Says Super Bowl Halftime Show Should Have Featured Bay Area Bands, Live Music

Credit: Ruben MartinThis year's Super Bowl Halftime Show at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, was an entertaining multi-artist spectacle that brought together U.K. rockers Coldplay with pop stars Beyonce and Bruno Mars. However, legendary rock guitarist Carlos Santana feels that organizers of the extravaganza fumbled the ball by not inviting local artists from the Bay Area to take part in the big show.

"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," Santana says in a note posted on his official Facebook page. "Bands like Metallica, Steve Miller, Journey and yours truly. We would have rocked the Half Time Show and done the [San Francisco] Bay Area proud."

Carlos also suggests that the show should forgo the pre-taped tracks, noting, "Real live music, Real Live vocals, and give the audience real live chills."

Having said that, Santana did thank the NFL and CBS for including him in the highlights reel of past Super Bowl performances that was shown during the Halftime Show. As ET Online points out, he played during a pre-game concert that took place at Super Bowl 37 in 2003.

Journey posted a message on their own Facebook page thanking Santana for his supportive comments, while adding, "[Y]es we would have all Rocked it!" As previously reported, Journey and Santana's band will be playing a trio of shows together in mid-April in the northeastern U.S.

Incidentally, Metallica did play an official pre-Super Bowl concert at San Francisco's AT&T Park that was streamed live for free online on Saturday. The band appeared to take a playful dig at the NFL by creating the Twitter hashtag #TooHeavyForHalftime in conjunction with their concert.

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