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Carlos Santana to NFL and CBS: You ‘Should Have Included Some of the Local Iconic Bands’

Carlos Santana
Carlos Santana  Kevin Winter/WireImage

Thanks, but no thanks. Carlos Santana thinks Super Bowl 50’s halftime show should have represented San Francisco better. The “Smooth” singer posted a note to the NFL and CBS via Facebook on Tuesday, February 9, after Sunday’s game, which was held at Levi’s Stadium in the San Francisco Bay Area in Santa Clara.

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“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,” the artist, 68, wrote. “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.”

Journey later thanked the artist for the shout-out, writing on Facebook: “Thank You Carlos 🙏 and yes we would have all Rocked it!”

The Mexican-American guitarist, who formed his band, Santana, in San Francisco in 1967, was featured during the Super Bowl’s highlight reel. Santana performed at a Super Bowl pregame show in 2003.

This year’s halftime show featured performances by U.K. band Coldplay; Bruno Mars, who is from Hawaii; and Beyoncé, who is from Texas. They have yet to respond to Santana's subtle dis.

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According to Nielsen, 111.9 million viewers tuned in for the game.

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