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Super Bowl halftime show probably going country next year, and Kenny Chesney wants it

Feb 8, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

I’m a little embarrassed to say that I don’t usually watch the Super Bowl halftime show. It’s the only portion of he broadcast I feel I can safely miss; I have no idea what interception Peyton Manning is going to throw next, nor which of the six Doritos commercials will finally be funny. But I’m pretty confident I know how Teenage Wasteland is going to turn out. Still, it’s fun to speculate on who is going to be next to not entertain me at the big game. Who’s it gonna be for 2011 in Dallas? KISS? Metallica? If you said The Monkees, you must be that guy who keeps trying to get me to join his Facebook page. Look, I like Micky Dolenz as much as the next man, but please stop.
Someone who says that he has inside information, however, is telling us today that the halftime show is going country. And our top five choices are …

1. Kenny Chesney

2. Garth Brooks

3. Tim McGraw

4. Brooks & Dunn

5. Jimmy Buffett

So says Sports by Brooks, who reports sources in the know also give an outside chance to The Dixie Chicks. I see your game, Sports by Brooks; throw out artists who have “Brooks” in the title, and see what happens.

So who will be privileged the gig at Cowboys Stadium? My source said it’s a virtual lock that the NFL will go country for the big game in Dallas next February. To the end, I was also provided the five most likely candidates.

As for Chesney, I was told that his “wandering around Miami” at Super Bowl festivities last week wasn’t a coincidence. (Chesney appeared on ESPN’s Super Bowl pregame show.) Though a football fan and friend of Saints Coach Sean Payton and Colts QB Peyton Manning, my source said Chesney was also there quietly “lobbying” the league for consideration for the 2011 halftime gig.

Actually he wasn’t lobbying that quietly.
Of course if you’re going country, my choice is Kevin Costner.

Hey, who threw that tomato?!
It would be the first time a country artist had headlined or shared the Super Bowl halftime stage since Shania Twain teamed with No Doubt and Sting in 2003. Fun fact: Who was the first singer to headline a Super Bowl halftime show? A: Carol Channing, 1970, Super Bowl IV, Tulane Stadium. And I hear she’s available!
Source: Chesney ‘Lobbying’ For 2011 Super Bowl [SportsbyBrooks]

  1. LewP - Feb 8, 2010 at 8:26 PM

    Since I live here, I have inside information:
    Garth Brooks
    (Please don’t shoot the messenger)

  2. Elly - Feb 9, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    Guess since it’s in TX, they’re gonna go country–but if we are doing the old rocker route, what about getting the Led out?
    Or, if we need old country guys (no wardrobe accidents), what’s the matter with Willie?

  3. Andrew - Feb 9, 2010 at 4:39 PM

    i think that cheap trick would be great at the super bowl next year. they’re a classic and apply to a wide audience, although jimmy buffett would also be great

  4. patrick nelson - Feb 9, 2010 at 5:46 PM

    Lets go with both classic rock with a country edge…how bout the Eagles..Don Henley lives in Dallas.

  5. me - Feb 19, 2010 at 9:14 PM

    Hopefully. HUGE Eagles fan

  6. Austin - Apr 29, 2010 at 9:02 PM

    The Killers need to do it next year! NEVER have a superbowl go country, rap, pop, hip hop, or ANYTHING OTHER THAN ROCK & Classic ROCK!

  7. Steve - Jul 18, 2010 at 6:03 PM

    I have no problem with Kenny doing the halftime show. The past few years for me (aside from McCartney and Springsteen) have been kind of “eh”. On the other hand I’m only mid 20’s so I prefer the newer artists.
    Having missed Kenny’s last tour, I have heard it is like a football game with tailgating and most of the fans being completely wasted by the time the show even starts.
    I will say that I am happy that the halftime shows have been live. The article mentioned Shania as the last country artist and even though she can perform live, she was lip-syncing along with No Doubt and Sting.

  8. pat - Jul 18, 2010 at 8:07 PM

    What about U2?
    they’re in the middle of their tour. Biggest band in the world. best live act ever.
    and they, unlike the top 4 choices above, are not country.
    plus they do hold the title of most emotional/overall best halftime show as it is…

  9. joneson - Aug 17, 2010 at 3:23 PM

    If your going country in Texas, in the biggest stadium. Then you have to go the biggest in country history, George Strait. He is also a Texas native.

  10. Drake - Oct 3, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    I like the idea of the Eagles or Kenny Chesney. Thats your best bet.