U2 will perform live at the Super Bowl in New Orleans during the E*TRADE SUPER BOWL XXXVI HALFTIME SHOW, the NFL announced today.
Slated this year for Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002 at the Louisiana Superdome, the Super Bowl is annually the nation's highest-rated TV program and the most-watched single-day sporting event. This year's game will be televised live on FOX to an expected 130 million viewers in the United States and 800 million viewers worldwide.
U2 is at the height of their career – their multi-platinum CD "ALL THAT YOU CAN'T LEAVE BEHIND" is both a critical and commercial success. Upon its release, it debuted at #1 in 32 countries around the globe and has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide.
The band is currently wrapping up their 2001 Elevation Tour, which included more than 100 sold-out shows around the globe and received accolades from fans and press alike. Entertainment Weekly concluded that U2's show was "a staggering confirmation that this is rock's greatest arena band, ever." Additionally, U2 has been chosen as "Band of the Year" by Spin magazine the same honor bestowed on them by Rolling Stone earlier this year.
Over the course of their 20-plus year career, the Irish rock band has released 14 albums, with sales exceeding 100 million. They have won 10 Grammy Awards, having received three of those in 2001 for "ALL THAT YOU CAN'T LEAVE BEHIND's" first single "Beautiful Day" which was named "Record of the Year."
"The E*TRADE Super Bowl Halftime Show is an important part of the Super Bowl and one of the most widely viewed entertainment events of the year," said NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue.
"This year's show will take on new meaning in light of recent world events. We are pleased that the spectacular talent of U2 will become part of our Super Bowl halftime tradition."
"U2 is absolutely one of the coolest and creative contemporary bands in the world, and none enjoy greater worldwide appeal," said FOX Sports Chairman David Hill. "It is a privilege to broadcast our third Super Bowl, and I'm sure that U2 will provide our global audience with a championship caliber performance."
The E*TRADE SUPER BOWL XXXVI HALFTIME SHOW will be executive produced by Clear Channel Entertainment's Special Events Group.
U2 set for Super Bowl
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