It’s Never Too Early To Start Thinking About The Super Bowl XLIII Halftime Show

noah | February 4, 2008 10:30 am

Immediately after Tom Petty’s halftime performance at the Super Bowl ended, some friends and I tried to think of other artists who would be candidates for what’s essentially become the biggest platform for classic rockers to announce to Americans that, yes, they still exist and would like to be worthy of some of your dollars pronto. But with time ticking on and the pool of musicians who appeal to a great swath of Americans eroding by the day because of the increased fragmenting of the musical sphere and the classic-rocker demo getting, y’know, old, who can America’s TV programmers turn to in an effort to make their subjects stay seated on their couches for 20-plus minutes? After the jump, a poll: Who should be the frontrunner for next year’s Super Bowl halftime show, keeping in mind the ultraconservative post-Janet classic-rock leanings of the whole enterprise? (Also, if someone could tell us why no one thought to ask Van Halen what they were up to on Feb. 3 until about 10 minutes after the final note of “Runnin’ Down A Dream” rang out, that would be great. Seriously. Diamond Dave on the big stage? That would have been a show.)

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