Legendary British rockers The Who are set to play a mash up of hits during their performance at the Superbowl half-time show.
The Who are one of the most challenging and successful groups in the history of British rock music. Moving from the R&B scene to producing concept albums, the band played both Monterey and Woodstock becoming legends in the process.
Remaining a hugely popular live attraction, The Who were chosen as the half time entertainment for the upcoming Superbowl event. An American Football institution the game is one of the world’s most watched sporting events.
The band’s appearance has caused some controversy, with members of a children’s rights group protesting Pete Townshend’s involvement. However The Who plan to play regardless, and in a recent interview the guitarist blurted out the band’s set list.
Set to draw on the full force of the band’s career to date, The Who plan to play some of their most iconic tracks. “We’re kinda doing a mashup of stuff,” Townshend told 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.”
Continuing, the guitarist noted that these tracks have a “celebratory vibe”. Townshend added that he hoped the audience would “go a bit wild if they want to.”
Last year’s Superbowl set by Bruce Springsteen was a huge success, but sparked furious debate after it emerged that The Boss had mimed, with only his vocals being recorded live at the event.
It is not known if The Who will perform completely live, or pre-record elements of the performance.