TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS, one of America’s greatest rock and roll bands, will perform in the BRIDGESTONE SUPER BOWL XLII HALFTIME SHOW on FOX at University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona on Sunday, February 3, the NFL announced Sunday on national television during the FOX NFL SUNDAY pregame show.
The halftime show is one of the most anticipated musical events of the year. Nearly 140 million viewers in the U.S. watched last year’s show.
TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS released their debut album in 1976. Since that time they have sold more than 50 million records and earned a reputation as being among the most successful and exciting touring acts in the business. Between the Heartbreakers’ recordings and his solo work, Tom Petty has received 18 Grammy nominations. Honored with lifetime achievement awards including Billboard’s Century Award, MTV’s Video Vanguard Award, and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Tom Petty, with the Heartbreakers at his side, has achieved the status of legend among his fellow musicians and listeners worldwide.
Petty and the Heartbreakers are responsible for one of the richest deposits in the history of American song, with hits including “Free Fallin’,” “Breakdown,” “Refugee,” “I Won’t Back Down,” “Mary Jane’s Last Dance,” “American Girl,” “Don’t Come Around Here No More,” “The Waiting,” “You Don’t Know How It Feels,” “Runnin’ Down A Dream,” and more. Petty is a founding member of The Traveling Wilburys, playing alongside George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, and Jeff Lynne, and is recognized as one of rock and roll’s most distinctive voices. For young bands looking to capture the authentic spirit of American rock and roll at its best, the Heartbreakers are the gold standard. The band’s story, captured as never before in the recent Peter Bogdanovich documentary Runnin’ Down A Dream, is a centerpiece in American musical history.
Joining an esteemed list of recent halftime acts that includes the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, and Prince, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers bring prestige and undiluted rock and roll to the Bridgestone Super Bowl XLII Halftime Show.
The game and halftime show will be broadcast worldwide in more than 230 countries and territories.
This year marks the first time the Bridgestone brand has sponsored the Super Bowl halftime show. Bridgestone will also sponsor the Super Bowl XLIII halftime show in 2009.
The BRIDGESTONE SUPER BOWL XLII HALFTIME SHOW is an NFL NETWORK PRODUCTION and will be executive produced and directed by WHITE CHERRY ENTERTAINMENT and DON MISCHER PRODUCTIONS. This same team produced the NFL Opening Kickoff 2007 special from Indianapolis. In addition to the halftime show, they also will produce the Super Bowl XLII pregame show. Don Mischer Productions will serve as executive producer and director, while White Cherry Entertainment, led by Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss, will serve as executive producers.
The NFL has worked the past four years with both Don Mischer Productions and White Cherry Entertainment on Opening Kickoff and Super Bowl shows. Last year’s Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show starring Prince earned the producers two Emmy nominations.
HISTORY OF SUPER BOWL HALFTIME ENTERTAINMENT
SUPER BOWL HALFTIME
I Universities of Arizona and Michigan Bands.
II Grambling University.
III “America Thanks” with Florida A&M University.
IV Carol Channing.
V Florida A&M Band.
VI “Salute to Louis Armstrong” with Ella Fitzgerald, Carol
Channing, Al Hirt and U.S. Marine Corps Drill Team.
VII “Happiness Is … ” with University of Michigan Band and Woody
VIII “A Musical America” with University of Texas Band.
IX “Tribute to Duke Ellington” with Mercer Ellington and
Grambling University Bands.
X “200 Years and Just a Baby” Tribute to America’s Bicentennial.
XI “It’s a Small World” including crowd participation for first
time with spectators waving colored placards on cue.
XII “From Paris to the Paris of America” with Tyler Apache Belles,
Pete Fountain and Al Hirt.
XIII “Super Bowl XIII Carnival” Salute to the Caribbean with Ken
Hamilton and various Caribbean bands.
XIV “A Salute to the Big Band Era” with Up with People.
XV “A Mardi Gras Festival.”
XVI “A Salute to the 60’s and Motown.”
XVII “KaleidoSUPERscope” (a kaleidoscope of color and sound).
XVIII “Super Bowl XVIII’s Salute to the Superstars of the Silver
XIX “A World of Children’s Dreams.”
XX “Beat of the Future.”
XXI “Salute to Hollywood’s 100th Anniversary.”
XXII “Something Grand” featuring 88 grand pianos, the Rockettes and
XXIII “Be Bop Bamboozled” featuring 3-D effects.
XXIV “Salute to New Orleans” and 40th Anniversary of Peanuts’
characters, featuring trumpeter Pete Fountain, Doug Kershaw &
XXV “A Small World Salute to 25 Years of the Super Bowl” featuring
New Kids on the Block.
XXVI “Winter Magic” including a salute to the winter season and the
winter Olympics featuring Gloria Estefan, Brian Boitano and
XXVII “Heal the World” featuring Michael Jackson and 3,500 local
children. Finale included audience card stunt.
XXVIII “Rockin Country Sunday” featuring Clint Black, Tanya Tucker,
Travis Tritt, Wynonna & Naomi Judd. Finale included
XXIX “Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye” featuring
Tony Bennett, Patti LaBelle, Arturo Sandoval, the Miami Sound
Machine and stunts including fire and skydivers. Finale
included audience participation with light sticks.
XXX Diana Ross celebrating 30 years of the Super Bowl with special
effects, pyrotechnics and stadium card stunt. Finale featured
Diana Ross being taken from the stadium in a helicopter.
XXXI “Blues Brothers Bash” featuring Dan Akroyd, John Goodman and
James Belushi. Also featuring “The Godfather of Soul” James
Brown and ZZ Top.
XXXII “A Tribute to Motown’s 40th Anniversary” including Boyz II
Men, Smokey Robinson, Queen Latifah, Martha Reeves and
XXXIII “Celebration of Soul, Salsa and Swing” featuring Stevie
Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and
tap dancer Savion Glover.
XXXIV “A Tapestry of Nations” featuring Phil Collins, Christina
Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton and an
XXXV “The Kings of Rock and Pop” featuring Aerosmith, *N’SYNC,
Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige and Nelly
XXXVII Shania Twain, No Doubt and Sting
XXXVIII Janet Jackson, Kid Rock, P. Diddy, Nelly and Justin Timberlake
XXXIX Paul McCartney
XL The Rolling Stones
XLII Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers