Paul McCartney will play Super Bowl halftime. NFL hopes the G-rated rock legend will erase memories of Janet Jackson

By Gary Susman
Updated November 22, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST
Paul McCartney: Ander Gillenea/AP

No need to worry about wardrobe malfunctions at the 2005 Super Bowl, the NFL says. After the Janet Jackson debacle, the league is turning to a 62-year-old knighted Englishman to sing at the Feb. 6 halftime show. It’s Paul McCartney, headlining the main event after having performed at the Super Bowl pre-show in 2002. The game airs on Fox this year, but unlike last year’s CBS show, the NFL has locked the network out of the planning for the broadcast’s entertainment segments. ”We’re very cognizant we’ll be under spotlight with this year’s halftime show and we’ve looked at all facets of the show including talent selection, song selection and costume selection, to ensure we wouldn’t have a repeat of what happened last year,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told Reuters. ”We’re very comfortable that this year’s show will be acceptable to a mass audience and won’t have any issues.”

”There’s nothing bigger then being asked to perform at the Super Bowl,” said McCartney, who knows from big, in a statement. ”We’re looking forward to rocking the millions at home and in the stadium.”