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Tom Petty to play Super Bowl halftime



Tompetty The 80s renaissance continues at the Super Bowl again this year. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are the feature act at the halftime show on Feb. 3 in Glendale, Arizona.

Tom Petty's an interesting pick. He's been in and out of the news lately, not generating a ton of publicity, but sorely in need of a re-introduction to his fans. Petty has a tough act to follow though: Prince's show at last year's Super Bowl in Miami was really the only reason to watch what was otherwise a boring championship game.

OK, so time to theorize about Petty's set list. Let's assume three songs. Here's what I'd pick:

Opening number:
"American Girl." He'd hit those opening guitar licks, which forever reminds of Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and I'd just jump out of my seat. It's all about THE cruising vessel.

Middle piece: "The Waiting." A nice nod to the Super Bowl being halfway over. Plus, I really dig his early 80s stuff. Odds he'll actually play this tune? None. But how about a medley? Let's put "The Waiting" together with "Here Comes My Girl" and "I Won't Back Down."

Closing it out: "Running Down a Dream." Yeah, a sappy and predictable ending. But I'm betting it really kicks live. And if you want to invite the girls from Dub's back for a mini-skirt contest during this tune, I'm sure nobody would object to the wardrobe malfunction, Tom.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:27pm]


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