Defending Detroit

Super Bowl Xl

February 02, 2006|By PETER SCHMUCK

If you're wondering like me why they brought the Super Bowl to Motown and then decided to book The Rolling Stones as the headline act of the glitzy Super Bowl halftime show, maybe we'll all find out today at the glitzy Super Bowl halftime show news conference.

Don't blame Detroit. That was an NFL decision.

It seems to me that there are a few local acts that might have been more appropriate, since this is one of the capital cities of American popular music, but I'm guessing that NFL officials went for the Stones because they were a safe choice with broad appeal that stretched across generational lines. Same as last year, when Paul McCartney was chosen in the aftermath of the Janet Jackson fiasco.

I'm sure the Stones would chuckle at that description, since they were considered almost too racy for broadcast television when they emerged as the bad boys of the British Invasion of the 1960s.

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