Pete Townshend says The Who will rock the Super Bowl halftime show with a medley of hits including Pinball Wizard, Baba O'Reilly, Who Are You and Won't Get Fooled Again.
The standard stuff. The stuff a band should play in such an environment. The stuff people know (even though it's the bane of classic rock radio because it's overplayed). And The Who only has 12 minutes or so on stage, so given that many of their classics are beyond three minutes and change, arguably a good idea to do a medley.
Except that in a medley, key great parts of great tunes will have to be cut. Not happy about that. I'd rather have them do Who Are You and Won't Get Fooled Again and be done with it.
Still, it stands to make for some interesting song segues.
Meanwhile, best line of Super Bowl week came from Roger Daltrey, when asked about The Who's short 12-minute or so set. No worries, he suggested. That's about as long as the actual action in a North American football game.
"I've heard if you take out the commercials, there's about 11 minutes of playing," Daltrey said.
He's right. Studies have revealed exactly that.