Question: Will a band/artist who does not currently exist, publicly speaking, perform at the next 10 years’ worth of Super Bowl halftime shows? Any new blood? At all? Or are we doomed to an endless parade of increasingly old old-timers? While you think it over, feel free to wince through Billboard‘s chat with Pete Townshend, who previews the Who’s totally shocking setlist for this year’s fete:
“We’re kinda doing a mashup of stuff,” the guitarist tells Billboard. “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.’ It works — it’s quite a saga. 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.”
Sounds delightful. Seriously, there’s no way we can boot the Who out and replace them with a panoply of rad New Orleans brass bands, and, uh, whatever would best represent Indiana? (A Michael Jackson tribute? Freddie Gibbs?) You’re telling me that wouldn’t make for better television?