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No More Oldies at Super Bowl Halftime Show, Fox Sports Promises

by Gary Susman, posted Mar 26th 2010 3:30PM
After last month's halftime performance by the Who, the Super Bowl has apparently run out of sixtysomething classic rockers suitable for the year's most watched musical showcase. Following a long stretch of such senior rockers as Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones and relative youngsters Prince and U2, next year's halftime act will be someone younger, twangier and female.

So says Fox Sports president David Hill. Asked by the Los Angeles Times if he could promise that next year's halftime act would be someone under 60, Hill said, "Oh, please God yes." He said that, while he's a fan of the Who, the aging rockers did neither themselves nor the game any favors with this year's performance on the CBS telecast.

"I'm watching them going, 'Oh no, please.' If I saw Pete Townshend's belly again I was going to throw up. In his younger days it might have been rippling muscle but now it's like mine, rippling fat!," Hill said regarding the Who's guitarist. Of frontman Roger Daltrey, Hill said, "Poor old Roger had one of the purest voices, but it's history."

According to the Times, Hill is considering country music divas for the halftime slot. After all, the game will be played in Dallas and "it's kick-ass country down in Texas."

Of course, the last time a youngish diva played the Super Bowl, it was Janet Jackson. No doubt Fox will be closely examining the costume of its diva pick, in order to protect itself against possible wardrobe malfunctions.

Hill didn't say how much younger than the Who next year's act should be, but if you're going to go in that direction, might as well go all the way. Taylor Swift, call your agent.

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