Super Bowl organizers think 'N Sync, Aerosmith will rock halftime in Tampa

Produced by MTV, show to include Spears, Blige and 90-second movie

January 26, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

TAMPA, Fla. - Now, Super Bowl week has begun.

The glitz and glamour that is Super Bowl XXXV got a rousing kick in the pants yesterday with the appearance of that customary football tradition, 'N Sync.

The five-member boy band that has stolen the hearts of teen-age girls was introduced as one-fifth of the Super Bowl XXXV Halftime Show news conference.

Oh, did anyone mention that rock icon Aerosmith also shared the stage as another performer during halftime? Regardless, much of the attention - including that of several teen-age girls who asked their parents to take pictures of them standing 20 feet away from the stage - surrounded 'N Sync.

"This is the sporting event," said Chris Kirkpatrick, the wild-haired member of the band. "The Super Bowl is it for football, and we're all football fans. It's a great time for us to get some great seats."

Asked to name their favorite football teams, Kirkpatrick chose the Pittsburgh Steelers, while JC Chasez (the tall one) picked the Washington Redskins. Lance Bass (the wide-eyed one), Joey Fatone (the goateed one), and Justin Timberlake (the Britney Spears-dating one) did not offer a team.

Speaking of pop queen Spears, she, R&B singer Mary J. Blige and rapper Nelly are scheduled to perform in the halftime show.

The show is being produced by MTV in conjunction with CBS and the NFL. Besides the musical performances, the halftime show will open with a 90-second film starring comedians Chris Rock, Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller and directed by McG, who was also director of "Charlie's Angels."

MTV officials have promised a halftime show that will eclipse past performances, such as New Kids on the Block's at Super Bowl XXV and Michael Jackson's at Super Bowl XXVII.

If you're having a difficult time imagining a show that combines 'N Sync catchy tunes with Aerosmith's hard-rock background, so were a number of reporters who asked the Boston band about working with 'N Sync.

"These guys are singing their butts off," said Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler, whose band has had three rehearsals with 'N Sync. "Mary J's coming, Britney's coming. It's going to be a beautiful thing."

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