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The Who Reveal Songs They'll Be Playing While You Get A Beer At Halftime

There really hasn't been that much excitement at the Super Bowl halftime extravaganza since "The Incident," and even if there was a wardrobe malfunction again this year, seeing the nipple of a sixty-something Englishman is somehow less titillating. At least Pete Townshend is excited about appearing at the big game. In a recent interview with Billboard, he sounded postively giddy at the prospect:


"We're kinda doing a mashup of stuff. A bit of 'Baba O'Riley,' a bit of 'Pinball Wizard,' a bit of the close of 'Tommy,' a bit of 'Who Are You,' and a bit of 'Won't Get Fooled Again.' It works -- it's quite a saga. A lot of the stuff that we do has that kind of celebratory vibe about it -- we've always tried to make music that allows the audience to go a bit wild if they want to. Hopefully it will hit the spot."


Last year the fun came from predicting which power slide might be Springsteen's last. Perhaps this year, football fans can stuff in a jalapeno popper whenever the band plays a C.S.I. theme song. [Billboard]

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Nothing against the Who, but how long until we get a halftime act that isn't 30+ years past its prime? do we even have anyone with that kind of mass appeal? Jay-Z? Coldplay? Who's got stadium status these days?

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The closest you'd get is maybe The Killers or Kings of Leon, but I don't think we'll see either of them anytime soon.

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It's better to be a "has been" than a "never was." You fall in the latter category.

John Milton


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The Hold Steady would do this in 20 years, assuming Brett Favre is still the Vikings quarterback.

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Does this generation have any enduring but financially successful acts that will be able to do stuff like this on down the line?

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You need all three: enduring, financially successful and right for a Super Bowl audience. Radiohead will get you the first two, but I'm not sure about No. 3.

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I suggest the Beastie Boys, gentlemen. Though, they are past their prime as well. But they're probably the safest rap act to have on a half-time show.

Jay-Z will get it, but not for a few years. He has to put more distance between the Jay-Z of the Roc-A-Fella years and the Jay-Z of the goofy songs about NY.

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Also, how many conservative pundits will latch on to Won't Get Fooled Again? (Calling this David Brooks/George Will/bill o'reilly editorial now. Also taking bets on Frank Rich/Thomas Frank rebuttal.)

If the Who played "The Kids Are Alright," I would love them forever even more than I already love them forever.

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Jay-Z not only needs to get away from the Roc years, he needs to get to old man-status.

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