I Protest Tom Petty Playing the Superbowl Half-time show!

So Reuters is saying it was announced today that Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers will be playing the halftime show at this year’s Superbowl.  You’ll recall that the halftime show has been the source of a lot of . . .ahem, controversy the last few years as in 2004 Janet Jackson played the “whoops, there it is” game with her breast, and last year Prince incited a modicum of complaints that he had posed with his guitar (a silhouette behind a curtain, mind you) in such a way to infer it was a penis.  And a weird, twisted penis at that.

So I suppose officials went with someone less controversial, less likely to offend the masses – less likely to get naked. 

But AH-HA, I’m already offended!!  That’s right, not wanting to miss out on all the fun, I’m lodging my complaint now against Tom Petty playing the halftime show.  I’m APPALLED at this state of affairs.  Ok, not really. . . Tom’s alright, I guess.

But why not Black Sabbath?  Or Blue Oyster Cult??  Or ZEPPELIN, since they’ve reunited.  I have a ton of preferences over possibly hearing “You don’t have to live like a refugee” echoing throughout University of Phoenix stadium.  How about SLAYER!!  Could we have some ‘South of Heaven’ this year?  I mean, clearly Tom Brady has sold his soul to . . . .oh nevermind.

Maybe Petty will play “Mary Jane’s Last Dance”, y’know – to shake things up a bit?  Or ‘Runnin’ Down a Dream?’  Fans will rip turf over that one.  Or toss a walker.

Besides, I thought ole’ Tom was against corporate sponsorship of concerts?  Wasn’t that his beef, at one point in time?  Guess he’s changed his mind. 

Musicians are funny that way.

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4 Responses to “I Protest Tom Petty Playing the Superbowl Half-time show!”

  1. COD says:

    Maybe he’ll light up a doobie on stage and create another incident.

  2. RevMortis says:

    I know I’d need to burn one just to sit through it. . .

  3. Scott Kleindorfer says:

    Petty is an all around great musician plus he’s a stoner! I’m alright with it, but does he have anything new out? I had tickets to see him at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, IN when the show got cancelled. He is STILL on my must see list.

  4. RevMortis says:

    Well, coincidently Tom does in fact have a new 4 disc box set out called ‘Runnin’ Down a Dream’ – reportedly includes 3 DVD’s of concert footage and a CD of ‘rare and unreleased tracks’. Translation – stuff that wasn’t good enough to make it on an album until now.

    He’s also released a book of the same name. As for a new CD, of new material, he mentions in an interview with Rolling Stone that he is working on one (to be released as a Heartbreaker’s disc, and not a solo record) but no other info is given.

    In that same interview, he also promises not to play a medley for the halftime show. You can check it out at ‘http://tompetty.com/newsFrame.htm’ by clicking on the 12/04/07 entry.

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