BULLETIN: Townshend reveals the Super Bowl setlist

JOELTLE515 at aol.com JOELTLE515 at aol.com
Tue Jan 26 11:42:58 UTC 2010

I thought they kept these things under wraps. 

yep, no surprise, it's gonna be a medley. or as pete calls it, "a compact 

from thewho.com:

The Who's Pete Townshend, in an exclusive interview with Billboard, has 
revealed that the band's upcoming Super Bowl halftime performance will feature 
a "compact medley" of their signature classic-rock anthems.

"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." 

The annual Super Bowl half time concert has become one of rock's highest 
profile gigs, with U2, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Prince, the Rolling 
Stones and Paul McCartney each taking the stage in recent years. The medley 
format is not unusual for artists with such a deep catalogue - Springsteen and 
Prince took a similar approach. 

Speculation about the set, conceived this year by the band's Roger Daltrey 
along with Pete's brother Simon Townshend, executive producer Ricky 
Kirschner and new director Hamish Hamilton, is always of huge interest to fans, and 
last year online sportsbook Bodog took bets on the set's opening number. 

If the past is any indicator, The Who's halftime hits medley will give the 
band a big sales boost. Last year, Bruce Springsteen used his appearance to 
mark the release of "Working On A Dream," which hit stores the week before 
the big game. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 on the week 
culminating with Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 1, 2009), and stayed at No. 2 the 
following week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. 

Billboard's full preview of the Who's Super Bowl performance, plus extended 
interviews with Towshend and Daltrey, will appear in the Jan. 30 issue of 
Billboard, and on Billboard.com starting Friday (Jan. 29). 

Super Bowl XLIV, between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints, 
will be played Sunday, Feburary 7 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami. 

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