When it was initially announced that The Weeknd would headline this years Super Bowl halftime show, many football fans were left puzzled as to who The Weeknd is. Some thought the NFL was more metaphorically speaking that the Super Bowl weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) was the halftime show and there would be no real performer this year.
Fans were not disappointed though when The Weeknd appeared center stage through a mist of haze and fog. Then the sound of the very distinct cowbell intro counting in a wall of guitars and synth keyboard as he performed a searing cover of the Loverboy chart topper.
"I don't know who this Weeknd character is but I love me some Loverboy," said a guy in his 50's.
"Oh Loverboy takes me back. I use to rock that song every Friday after history class in high school," said an excited person in their 40's
"I feel like I'm a pretty avid music fan," said a 30 something. "I try to listen to what's new and cool and expand my horizons to all different kinds of new music. Gun to my head, I couldn't name you anything by The Weeknd. I do love that Working for the Weekend song though. Remember the SNL Chippendales dancer sketch with Chris Farley and Patrick Swayze? Classic"
"Yeah dude, The Weeknd is awesome," said some 20 year old kid. "I listen to all his stuff. Did I watch the halftime show? What am I some kind of 30 to 60 year old dinosaur? I only watch eSports."