Confirming what had been rumored for some time, a source in contact with the Dallas Morning News said on Wednesday that the Black Eyed Peas will, in fact, be the halftime musical act for Super Bowl XLV, which (of course) will be played at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington on February 6th of next year.
This represents a departure from the Super Bowl’s six-year streak of bringing in kind-of-funnily, kind-of-sadly aging rockstar dinosaurs, a streak that began, likely, due to an incident the last time the big game was held in Texas. That game, at Reliant Stadium in Houston, saw, among other things, the exposed nipple of Janet Jackson.
Fergie and company will be the youngest act since the duo of Jackson and Justin Timberlake set in motion a shockwave of overreaction. But, by the time last year’s act, The Who, finished their kind-of-funny, kind-of-sad set at halftime of last year’s game, many of the powers of be decided that enough was enough, and decided to go with youth over experience in 2011.
"I'm watching them going, 'Oh, no, please.' If I saw [guitarist and singer] Pete Townshend's belly again I was going to throw up. In his younger days it might have been rippling muscle but now it's like mine, rippling fat," Fox Sports David Hill told the Los Angeles Times, earlier this year, via the DMN. "Poor old Roger [Daltrey] had one of the purest voices, but it's history."
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