Get your arms in shape for some air drumming and re-memorize “My Generation”: it looks like The Who will be rocking the Super Bowl XLIV halftime show.
According to the Sport Illustrated blog, the championship game on Feb. 7, 2010 in Miami will feature the veteran U.K. rockers responsible for “Baba O’Riley” (y’know, teenage wasteland?), “Pinball Wizard” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again.”
There’s still no official word yet from the NFL on that one, but a rep for the league gave Billboard.com a brusk “When we have something to announce, we’ll announce it.”
The Super Bowl has gotten its fair share of fan favorites and flops over the years, but this news follows the trend from the last couple of years of booking classic rockers and hitmakers: last year, it was Bruce Springsteen — and his slide-into-the-camera-crotch-shot, Tom Petty before that and Prince before that.
We hope Roger Daltrey and the rest of The Who stick to the hits, like Petty did, and work less on promoting the latter-years solo material from the ’80s and ’90s… although “Days of Light” still does it for me.
Daltrey’s Use It or Lose It tour is still going on through the end of the month. He and band songwriter Pete Townshend have been working on a follow-up to The Who’s 2006 album “Endless Wire.”