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Former Super Bowl Halftime Show Performers Reveal Their Favorite Memories

February 2, 2013 | Posted by Joseph Lee

Billboard spoke with several former performers at the Super Bowl halftime show who discussed their favorite moments from the event.

U2′s The Edge (2002): “I can’t even remember the names of the teams at this point. I remember being really up for the team that eventually won (the New England Patriots) because they were the underdogs and no one thought they had a chance, and they were amazing. I really was completely absorbed by the game. I’m not particularly knowledgable about American football but it in terms of pure drama it was pretty hard not to watch.”

The Who’s Roger Daltrey (Super Bowl XLIV): “I was flabbergasted. It really is an honor, and coming from where we come from, being kind of totally inspired by American music at such a young age and then playing something like that, that’s such an American institution, is unbelievable. I’ve never ceased to be completely, incredibly humbled by the affections show by America to the Who. It’s been an incredible relationship.”

Nelly: “It’s hard not to think of that show and not remember [Jackson's wardrobe malfunction]. I was shocked! I mean, you know — it was a titty out! However it came out, accident or whatever, it came out! I mean, it was what it was. You know, I don’t see everybody blowing a gasket for it.”

Aerosmith’s Tom Hamilton (Super Bowl XXXV): “It’s the biggest thing there is. The whole world is watching. So when the phone rings and the guy on the other end says, ‘Do you guys want to play the halftime show at the Super Bowl?’, you’re definitely going to pay attention.”

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