Van Halen is so fucking befuddling. Here is a band that is legendary, has had a lion share of personnel problems, gone on hiatus, made a successful comeback, played a tour then cancelled a second leg, but now wants to play the Super Bowl. The open letter from David Lee Roth to the NFL is classic DLR. He debunks halftime show rumors that they are playing yet at the same token thinks….that’s not such a bad idea and then proceeds to put Van Halen’s name in the hat to be considered. I’m torn on this, on one hand I would love to see Van Halen do the halftime show. For once I’d actually watch it but at the same time I wouldn’t want the band to be rewarded for bad behavior in terms of recent concert shenanigans. Though I agree with Burnsy over at With Leather, how awesome would that be to have Van Halen agree to play and then cancel out at the last minute thereby forcing the Super Bowl organizers to get some shitty act like Nicki Minaj play only to have another wardrobe malfunction. I don’t think even Van Halen can really make these half time shows cool anymore as it’s just 15 minutes of montage tunes that really have nothing to do with football. Anyways, after the jump check out David Lee Roth’s (D-RO)entertaining open letter to the NFL on these matters.
An Open Letter
I’m compelled to address the now-rampant rumors that Van Halen is playing the Superbowl. First of all let me say this — be still my pigskin heart. That honor has not been bestowed upon us at this time though it is one we would accept in a NY minute.
Having heard VH blaring through stadium speakers on any given Sunday – more like every given Sunday, the idea of playing there live would be like – ‘okay, now we’re in the game’.
Van Halen’s collective memories are – and with all due respect to each and every one of these memories, teeming with been-theres and done-that’s, but none include playing at the Superbowl. Playing at the Superbowl is a veritable holy grail of musical recognition, a highly prized rite of passage for (game-changing) artists. Not a spiritual rite with snake pits or Hebrew school or anything, but it’s up there.
We are not on Commissioner Goodell’s dance card at this time, but we would be most honored to dance the halftime away in New Orleans.
It’s an honor to be considered and for that we would like to thank the rumormongers all over the World Wide Web.