AMERICAN FOOTBALL

Coldplay to star in bumper NFL Super Bowl half-time extravaganza

PUBLISHED : Friday, 04 December, 2015, 11:22am
UPDATED : Friday, 04 December, 2015, 11:22am

Coldplay is headlining the Super Bowl half-time show, and a spokesman for the National Football League hinted that past half-time performers could join the band onstage.

“That’s where you’ll have to tune in February 7 to find out,” NFL vice president of programming and media Ron Semiao said on Thursday.

Katy Perry starred in the most-watched Super Bowl half-time show in history earlier this year, when more than 118 million viewers tuned in to see her perform with Lenny Kravitz and her now-famous dancing sharks. Previous half-time headliners include Bruno Mars, Prince, Beyonce, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen and the Rolling Stones.

“The show has grown into the most important live music stage on the planet,” Semiao said, recalling the half-time show at the first AFC-NFC championship in 1967 featured two college marching bands.

Coldplay’s half-time set will be made up of hits, Semiao said, including hot tracks from the new album, “A Head Full of Dreams.”

The band will appear in a series of behind-the-scenes videos on Pepsi.com about the making of the Super Bowl half-time show, he said. The first features the band during a rehearsal for their recent performance on the American Music Awards. Coldplay frontman Chris Martin also shares his favourite Super Bowl memories. Other videos will focus on special guest performers who have yet to be announced, Semiao said.

The Super Bowl will be held at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.