The parade of classic rockers amping up halftime at the Super Bowl will continue this year with one of the biggest names in the game. According to SI.com, sources say British legends the Who will take the stage at Superbowl XLIV in Miami on February 7, marking their first trip to the big show for the band's first North American gig in two years.
If the rumor is true, [artist id="1159"]the Who[/artist] — which now consists of only two original members, main songwriter/guitarist/singer Pete Townshend and singer Roger Daltrey — would follow in the footsteps of such recent rock luminaries as Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Paul McCartney and Prince, who have played the coveted gig in recent years.
The Who's U.K. spokesperson Julian Stockton neither confirmed nor denied the booking to MTV News, writing in an e-mail, "Am afraid at this point we know nothing about it." And the NFL told Sports Illustrated, "When we have something to announce, we'll announce it."
Traditionally the most-watched TV event of the year, the Super Bowl halftime gig is considered one of the most coveted in all of entertainment, with a variety of A-list acts filling the spot in the past, from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers to the Rolling Stones and U2, Aerosmith, Britney Spears and, famously, Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson in 2004.
According to Billboard.com, Townshend and Daltrey are working on new material for the follow-up to the band's 2006 album, Endless Wire. Townshend has also discussed another parallel project he's working on, a new concept album/musical called Floss. Neither project currently has a release date.