On This Day: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Perform Super Bowl XLII in 2008

by Kayla Zadel
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The Super Bowl performance is often something that many look forward to, and only watch the big game for that reason. And in this case, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers didn’t disappoint.

Relive Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Super Bowl XLII that went on to be nominated for an Emmy Award. The legendary band plays a medley of songs for the fans in attendance at the Arizona’s University of Phoenix Stadium.

The 12-minute show kicks of with the house going dark. Then a neon heart and arrow appear on the field, and a big explosion of fireworks starts the show. A drum riff for “American Girl” starts to play, and fans stampede on the field and run to the stage.

The entire band looks like they’re thoroughly enjoying the show. Then they transition into “Won’t Back Down,” which is a fitting song for the big game. The crowd starts to sing along with Petty as they wave lights back and forth. The stage lights up into a guitar and the video boards behind him look like Guitar Hero.

What’s more, the band starts in on “Free Fallin,” and a psychedelic colorful light swirls behind the crowd. Next, the Heartbreakers pick up the beast again with “Runnin’ Down A Dream.” Petty and guitarist Mike Campbell starts to move around the guitar-shaped stage as they enter into an ax duel. Then their performance wraps up and Petty takes the mic and says, “Thank you so much!”

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: The Legendary Band

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers formed in 1976, according to Daily Rock Box. While members of the band rotated out during the years, this band still serves as inspiration for many artists to this day. Not only did they have numerous hits and awards, but they paved the way for southern “Americana” rock.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. The band remained active and popular, touring regularly until Petty’s death in 2017. The band’s final studio album, Hypnotic Eye was released in 2014. The Heartbreakers have since been disbanded.

The Weeknd to Perform at This Year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show

R&B/Pop singer, the Weeknd, is taking the stage, well this weekend, to perform during halftime as the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs take a break in the lockerroom.

The Grammy award-winning artist is working especially hard to put on a good show this year. Not only has he been rehearsing his act, but he’s actually putting in $7 million of his own money.

The Weeknd opened up about the performance. He also talks about how he wants to make the home viewers’ experience as good as possible.

“We’ve been really focusing on dialing in on the fans at home and making performances a cinematic experience, and we want to do that with the Super Bowl.”

The Super Bowl halftime performance is something that the Weeknd has always wanted to do, and this star is making sure he does it right.

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