Now that the regular-season games are over, football fans finally know which two teams will be squaring off for the championship on February 7. The New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts, however, aren’t the only folks getting ready for the Super Bowl.
The Who revealed plans for their Super Bowl set list on Monday (January 25), stitching together a tapestry of classic hits that will fuel a high-profile halftime show from the legendary rockers.
Speaking with Billboard.com, Pete Townshend explained that the band’s halftime show will feature a “compact medley” of their greatest hits, most of which debuted five decades ago.
“We’re kinda doing a mash-up of stuff,” he said. “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.’ ”
The band will segue from one hard-rocking song into another, attempting to appeal to their older base while also keeping younger folks entertained with the high-energy, hooks-only song sampling. “It works — it’s quite a saga,” Tonwshend told the music site. “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.”
The Who’s Super Bowl set was conceived by lead singer Roger Daltrey, Townshend’s brother Simon, executive producer Ricky Kirschner and director Hamish Hamilton. In recent years, artists such as Bruce Springsteen and Prince both similarly employed the medley approach to reach deep into their back catalog and create a set list of nothing but the classics.
The Who are the latest high-profile band to book the annual music-industry tradition, following in the footsteps of such recent halftime performers as U2, Tom Petty, Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones. With the Colts and the Saints squaring off for the title, Super Bowl XLIV will be played Sunday, February 7, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami.