According to the blog Sports By Brooks, the Black Eyed Peas will perform at Super Bowl XLV’s halftime. The group joined other big name artists during Super Bowl XXXIX’s pre-game show in 2005, but if this report proves true, the Peas will end the streak of classic-rock halftime shows that came after Janet Jackson’s waldrobe malfunction in 2004. Since then, Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Prince, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen all played halftime.
After this year’s showing of the game on CBS — where the Who performed, partly because the band provided the theme songs for the CBS CSI franchise — Fox Sports president David Hill remarked that when Fox took over the Super Bowl broadcast next year (the networks alternate), he wanted to move away from classic rock. Hill, who specifically said the halftime show should feature an act with members under the age of 60, also commented that “it’s kick-ass country down in Texas,” which got the rumor mill churning with names like Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw and the countrified Bon Jovi. But given how the Black Eyed Peas have recently dominated radio with “Boom Boom Pow,” “I Gotta Feeling” and “Imma Be,” they seem a natural choice for the year’s biggest TV event.