Aerosmith, will headline the Super Bowl XXXVIII pre-game show at Reliant Stadium in Houston on Sunday, Feb. 1, the NFL announced today.
Super Bowl XXXVIII will be televised by CBS to an expected 130 million viewers in the United States and a potential worldwide audience of 1 billion viewers. The Super Bowl is annually the nation’s highest-rated TV program and the most-watched single-day sporting event. Game time is 6 p.m. EST/5 p.m. CST/3 p.m. PST.
Said Steven Tyler, “The Super Bowl is Rock and Roll! It’s sexy, it’s slammin’, it’s precision, it’s passion and pure energy. That’s Sweet Emotion to me.”
Houston will be home to the Super Bowl for the second time in history, the first coming 30 years ago. The festivities kick off with a show entitled “Welcome to Houston – The Spirit of Texas” spotlighting the spirit, hospitality and unity of the great city of Houston and the state of Texas.
Bob Best of Best Productions in Tampa, Fla. will executive produce his 20th pre-game show for the NFL. Michael T. Fiur will be the producer of the show.
Aerosmith, who opened the NFL season with a performance in Washington, D.C. at “NFL Kickoff Live,” will perform in the finale of the pre-game show featuring a tribute to NASA. Additional performers featuring diverse musical talents will be announced soon.
“We’re proud to be part of this historical event,” said Aerosmith’s Joe Perry. “Rock n’ roll and football, two uniquely American forms of entertainment, teamed up make for one hell of a blockbuster event.”
In their nearly four-decade career, Aerosmith has achieved tremendous critical acclaim and commercial success with over 20 album releases and more than 100 million albums sold worldwide. The band, Steven Tyler (vocals), Joe Perry (guitar), Brad Whitford (guitar), Tom Hamilton (bass) and Joey Kramer (drums), has spearheaded some of the most important trends in pop music – from groundbreaking early 70’s heavy metal to the invention of the power-ballad to the first fusion of rock and hip hop – and continues to obliterate the generation gap, making them the most enduring, and continuously exciting, force in American rock music. Aerosmith has earned an array of accolades, including Grammy Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, American Music Awards, as well as an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 and an Academy Award nomination in 1998.
Aerosmith recently concluded a U.S. concert tour with Kiss, which was one of 2003’s top grossing tours, and plans to release a new album entitled “Honkin’ On Bobo” (Columbia Records) this spring. The band will commence a US tour in the support of the album in March 2004.
Aerosmith headlined the Super Bowl XXXV Halftime show with *NSYNC in Tampa, FL in 2001.