The 6 Most Rock n’ Roll Moments of Super Bowl LV

by Marisa Torrieri Bloom

Super Bowl LV promised to be exciting, with conversations about #GOAT quarterback Tom Brady (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) versus younger hotshot quarterback Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs) dominating every corner of the sports internet. 

But yesterday’s game was also pretty groundbreaking, music-wise, too.

Here are the five most rock n’ roll moments of Super Bowl LV. 

Miley Cyrus and Joan Jett. Before Sunday, everyone was pumped for the showdown between 43-year-old Brady and 25-year-old Mahomes. But I was more excited over another convergence of classic and new talent: the pre-game show with Miley Cyrus and Joan Jett. Miley Cyrus might be vying for the title of Rock n’ Roll princess, but Joan Jett with her killer guitar playing, raspy vocals and punk rock legacy, is already The Queen. Seeing Joan and Miley work it on stage, during their duet ‘Bad Karma’ off Miley’s ‘Plastic Hearts’ album was eye candy, ear candy, and just the sweetest treat. 

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Billy Idol’s ‘White Wedding’ 

The performance of 65-year-old Billy Idols most famous tune is deserving a paragraph of its own. And as much as I love Miley, I kind of wanted her to step down so I could experience Billy Idol, solo, in his element. His voice and his energy were spot on, and his band killed it.

H.E.R. (Photo credit: Getty Images)

H.E.R’s ‘America the Beautiful’. H.E.R. is rock music’s new Renaissance woman. She can sing, play guitar, and perform. Her music, a blending of classic rock, R&B, reggae, and other styles — is beyond definition. And in September, H.E.R. became the first black woman with her own signature guitar — a gorgeous “chrome glow” Fender Stratocaster. She blew me away with that guitar solo.

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That Block by Ali Marpet

Every game features a handful of plays worthy of “we will rock you” chants. A key block by Buccaneers offensive guard Ali Marpet in the third quarter enabled running back Leonard Fournette to dash 27 yards to touchdown, securing Tampa Bay’s 31-9 win. So why are we including a brilliant sports play in a #rockmommy blog (and highlighting an offensive guard instead of a running back or QB)? Because Marpet is a rock n’ roll kid, the son of musician, Mamapalooza creator, and Museum of Motherhood founder Joy Rose. 

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The Weeknd’s weird, cool halftime show

Everyone in my inner circle knows I am obsessed with The Weeknd, whose moody, cool tunes, bad boy persona and Stevie Wonder-level vocals has me swooning every time. During the halftime show, he moved from ‘Starboy’ to his classic ‘The Hills’ (my favorite) and ‘I Can’t Feel My Face’ to his newer tracks, including the danceable, New Wave-y ‘Blinding Lights’ with such finesse, that I didn’t feel put off by the weirdness of his bandaged dancers. I didn’t think about social statements or symbolism. I just lost myself in the music and the performance. 

Female Coaches FTW

Rock n’ roll, done right, is a break from the status quo. So is coaching football, when you’re a woman! This year, Buccaneers coaches Maral Javadifar and Lori Locust made history as the first female coaches to win a Super Bowl. Sarah Thomas also made history as the first woman to officiate a Super Bowl, working as the down judge. We think that’s pretty epic. 

There were some funny commercials too (though the State Farm ad with Drake and Patrick Mahomes was a bit over-played). But it was the music and rock n’ roll moments stretched across seven hours, that made this Bowl one of my favorites. 

Marisa Torrieri Bloom is the editor and founder of Rockmommy

Joy Rose, on Mamapalooza, Motherhood and Turning up the Volume

By Rew Starr

JOY ROSE is one of a kind. I knew I had a unique connection with her before we even met because my middle name is “Joy” and my Grandmother’s name was Rose!

After meeting at a MaMaPaLooZa gig on the waterfront on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, I knew I was hooked. It was my first time joining this festival, I felt so honored to be counted as a mom that rocked! I found my new religion with Joy at the helm… she has continued to inspire, celebrate and give Moms all the glitter, respect and pizazz they deserve. 

I recently caught up with this mom of four — where Zena (26), Brody (31) and Blaze (29), are gathering in Florida to support their brother, Ali Marpet (27), Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ offensive lineman, who is heading to the Super Bowl. 

Joy Rose and daughter Zena, 2003 (Joy is also mother to Ali, Brody, and Blaze)

Rockmommy: What have you been doing these days?

Joy Rose: I am greatly looking forward to a better and brighter 2021! I spent the summer farming a remote plot of land during the summer season, and then trying to survive the ‘vid’ as I circled back to New York, all while mentoring interns at the Museum of Motherhood, and cultivating personal creativity whenever possible.

Rockmommy: Meeting you for me was love at first sight with MAMAPALOOZA. How did you come up with this concept?

Joy Rose: The feeling is mutual. The concept for Mamapalooza was born out of multiple brainstorming sessions with friends about how to address the absent voices of women in the arts at the time. I write about this in my chapter in Motherhood and Music for Demeter Press (2018). One of the things that made Mamapalooza so amazing for me was that I was (and remain) an authentic fan of each of the women I promoted. 

Their courage, fortitude, creativity, and ability wowed me again and again. We all came together at a very special time in the world when our generation of women, born and raised out of the feminist movement of the 1970s, emerged into motherhood in the 80s and 90s believing Helen Reddy’s anthem “we are women, hear us roar.” 

We were all hungry to connect, poised to make noise, and ready for the challenges that came from both the personal and professional world. 

Joy Rose and Zena, 2019

Rockmommy: You have been a pioneer for moms in my eyes for Museum of Motherhood, can you elaborate on this endeavor?

Joy Rose: Women have a sad history of being “disappeared”. We make advances, get written out of the books, and the patriarchy goes marching on. MOM is committed to putting Motherhood on the map by elucidating the art, science, and history of m/others. We’ve done a LOT to champion the art and the scholarship of motherhood in the last 20 years. By curating these knowledge(s), I aim to keep these advances and reflections available to those interested in the subject. It’s important for me to also state that I am as invested in championing the subject as I am in deconstructing persistent and damaging stereotypes. There is no one perfect mother. There is no perfect family. We are all on a journey of discovery.

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Rockmommy: Are you making any new music?

Joy Rose: I’m writing songs for my new grandbaby, but that’s about it. I am still very interested in hearing other people’s music though, so send it to me!

Rockmommy: What about playing out? Do you see ever in the future?

Joy Rose: I am currently gestating on an art/music/performance project. It needs to be something visible and international and I’m starting to mentally gather people. However, let me also be honest that it is very difficult to do everything and the museum keeps me extremely busy.

Rockmommy: Tell us something we don’t know about you?

Joy Rose: I’m very shy. It takes everything in my soul to step out into the public arena as I am extremely insecure. I also went back to graduate school in 2014 earning my Master’s in Mother Studies from the Women and Gender Studies Dept. at CUNY The Graduate Center in NY (2015). 

Joy Rose: Making noise. Raising your voice and speaking your truth is the most important thing! It’s the equivalent of shining your soul light. Don’t die with the music still inside you. I dragged myself onto the stage, trembling, doubting, and ultimately victorious by standing with my two feet on the ground and lifting my throat to the stars and then sharing those victories with others.

Rockmommy: What’s the greatest part about being a rockmommy?

Rew Starr is an actor and musician in who lives in New York.