Mike Florio from ProFootBall Talk has broken the news (or started the rumor) that VanHalen will be the halftime entertainment for the next Superbowl. This would be no surprise to anyone seeing that the overly-sanitized NFL needs to head in a safer direction after Madonna’s finger-flipping debacle.
From ProFootBall.com: Thanks to a reader who actually read all of a new article regarding an upcoming Van Halen reunion tour, band founder Eddie Van Halen has dropped what could be a hint that the group will be in New Orleans in early February for something other than the Jambalaya.
“[I]n November, we’ll hit Japan, and in the new year, we’ll possibly do something special, but I can’t talk about it,” Van Halen tells Marco R. della Cava of USA Today.
I’ve yet to come up with all the “special” things a rock group can do that would require extreme discretion (although in some states that list could be longer than in others), but playing at the Super Bowl would be at or near the top.
I had the pleasure to catch VanHalen’s latest tour before it was canceled, and the band is on top of their game. The big shock is how Eddie evolves technically on the guitar. Every year he becomes a better player.
Though some think the more radio-friendly VanHager tunes may be a bit more suited for a family program, VanHalen still has plenty of catalog that will fit the bill. “Running with the Devil” is a must-play for the west coast metal rockers. I would also love to see what they could do with 50 NFL cheerleaders and Mtv favorite “Hot for Teacher”.
Say what you will, but VanHalen could actually be the best halftime show we have had since Janet Jackson freaked out the censors.