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  posted on 12/3/2007 at 12:19 AM
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will play the coveted halftime slot at the Super Bowl in Arizona on February 3, organizers of the year's No. 1 television event said on Sunday.

This year, nearly 140 million Americans watched Prince play at the football extravaganza.

Other recent acts have included the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and U2. The most infamous performer was Janet Jackson, who bared her breast during the 2004 event, triggering a bipartisan political crackdown on televised smut.

The National Football League's annual championship game will be held at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, near Phoenix. It will be televised by Fox.

Petty's performance will mark a rare occasion where the veteran rocker is closely aligned with a corporate sponsor, in this case the North American arm of Japanese tire firm Bridgestone Corp, which has lent its name to the halftime event.

Petty, 57, is an outspoken opponent of sponsorship of rock concerts, and his last album with the Heartbreakers, 2002's "The Last DJ," was a pointed assault on corporate greed. His spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment.


 
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  posted on 12/3/2007 at 07:09 AM
I wonder if Rickey Williams will sit in during 'Last Dance With Mary Jane.'
 

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  posted on 12/3/2007 at 07:22 AM
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I wonder if Rickey Williams will sit in during 'Last Dance With Mary Jane.'



 

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  posted on 12/3/2007 at 07:25 AM
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will play the coveted halftime slot at the Super Bowl in Arizona on February 3, organizers of the year's No. 1 television event said on Sunday.

This year, nearly 140 million Americans watched Prince play at the football extravaganza.

Other recent acts have included the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and U2. The most infamous performer was Janet Jackson, who bared her breast during the 2004 event, triggering a bipartisan political crackdown on televised smut.

The National Football League's annual championship game will be held at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, near Phoenix. It will be televised by Fox.

Petty's performance will mark a rare occasion where the veteran rocker is closely aligned with a corporate sponsor, in this case the North American arm of Japanese tire firm Bridgestone Corp, which has lent its name to the halftime event.

Petty, 57, is an outspoken opponent of sponsorship of rock concerts, and his last album with the Heartbreakers, 2002's "The Last DJ," was a pointed assault on corporate greed. His spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment.




No one will turn down the big dance! The Super Bowl. Congrats to another Northeast Florida band!
Tom you have made it big time!

 

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  posted on 12/3/2007 at 07:25 AM
It'll be a good one, no doubt!

 

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  posted on 12/3/2007 at 07:50 AM
TP is great, looking fwd to it. This does not strike me as selling out. He will rock out I'm sure, good for him.

 

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  posted on 12/3/2007 at 08:24 AM
[quoteNo one will turn down the big dance! The Super Bowl. Congrats to another Northeast Florida band!
Tom you have made it big time!


yeah tom, you've "finally" made it to the big time.

 

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  posted on 12/3/2007 at 08:37 AM
More importantly, are The Allman Brothers Band going to open for him again???

 

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  posted on 12/3/2007 at 09:01 AM
I know T.P. and the Heartbreakers have to choose a tune that "everyone knows" , but I sincerely hope they refrain from playing American Girl . Petty ranks up there with the ABB in my book , I just can't stand that tune . I suspect Won't Back Down will be what they choose to do . Don't the bands just usually do one song ? The last several years I haven't bothered to watch the half time show because none of the artists appealed to me .
 

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  posted on 12/3/2007 at 09:09 AM
so who accompanies Tom P. with this years "wardrobe" malfunction??? can we make requests?? Shes a good girl..... ps as far as rickey williams you know and i know its POT LUCK!!!

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  posted on 12/3/2007 at 09:17 AM
I choose "Runnin' Down a Dream" and "Into The Great Wide Open."

 

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  posted on 12/4/2007 at 08:11 PM
Love Tom Petty...may make it a point to catch half time if he's involved.

 

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