The first half of Super Bowl XLIV might not have provided the offensive fireworks many had expected, but luckily for pyrotechnics obsessives, there was still the halftime show, featuring a bombastic set by the [artist id=”1159″]Who[/artist].
On Sunday night (February 7), the London legends brought out the big guns, ripping through a hit-filled set and leaving the skies over Miami’s Sun Life Stadium filled with smoke.
Opening with “Pinball Wizard,” Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend traded verses while flashbulbs popped and flames leapt, the stage — a star-bursting L.E.D. number — shining brightly.
They segued right into “Baba O’Riley,” with the song’s famed opening strains echoing around the stadium. Green lasers criss-crossed the night sky, as Townshend windmilled like crazy, then pulled a solo out of his red Fender guitar. (Vegas oddsmakers put the over/under on windmills at 4.5. Hope you took the over.) Daltrey belted the tune out, and contributed a smoking harmonica solo of his own.
“Who Are You” was next and featured the band’s famed red, white and blue mod logo spinning around the stage, and another incendiary solo from Townshend. Then came a few verses of “Tommy,” the stadium bathed in cool blue lights as Daltrey sang, “See me, feel me, touch me.”
And since this year’s Super Bowl was being held in Miami (home of a “CSI” franchise), the Who wrapped with the show’s theme song, “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” featuring even more lasers, flames and — during the song’s epic drum fill — some serious fireworks. (Sadly, David Caruso didn’t make an appearance.) Daltrey yowled his famous “Yeaaaaaah!” and the sky erupted in even more pyrotechnics.
Then, as the Super Bowl crowd cheered wildly, Daltrey and Townshed embraced, and it was all over, except for the smoke. There was still plenty of that.