Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will perform the halftime show at Super Bowl XLII, to be held Feb. 3 at the U. of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
Fox made the announcement in its pregame show Sunday.
Petty has a tough act to follow in Prince, who delivered a spectacular set at this year’s NFL championship game, performing classics in the rain. Petty won’t have weather to contend with as the stadium is domed. His music was used last year by the NBA during its playoffs.
Petty and the Heartbreakers represent yet another classic choice for the NFL, which was burned when it attempted to get contemporary with Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson. Since “nipple-gate,” the NFL has gone with performers with lengthy and established careers who perform catalog hits rather than attempt to introduce songs that are about to be released.