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The Who's Townshend Says Super Bowl Set Will "Mashup" Big Hits

January 25, 2010 12:00 AM ET

The set list for the Super Bowl halftime show has traditionally been a heavily guarded secret up until the weekend of the big game. However, with the Who ready to rock Miami, the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints at Super Bowl XLIV, guitarist Pete Townshend has revealed what songs will feature in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band's medley on February 7th.

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"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." Noting that the those picks have a "celebratory vibe," Townshend added he hoped the audience would "go a bit wild if they want to." Fittingly, since the Super Bowl is airing on CBS, three of those songs — "Who Are You," "Baba O'Riley" and "Won't Get Fooled Again" — are used in the title sequences of the three CSI series.

Last year's Super Bowl set by Bruce Springsteen was the subject of so much speculation gambling Websites were offering up bets on what the E Street Band would play during halftime, plus insane prop bets like whether Springsteen would pull Courteney Cox out of the audience during "Dancing in the Dark." However, Rolling Stone ruined what could've been an easy bet for our readers after we revealed the set list thanks to the band's sound checks prior to the game. So what can fans wager on this year? Leave your suggestions in the comments.

Check out photos of Springsteen's Super Bowl set.

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