Due an onslaught of reports that began circulating Thursday, The Who have called rumors of a Super Bowl performance “pure speculation,” in a statement released today.
Jimmy Traina, Sports Illustrated columnist, was the first to break news of the veteran band’s halftime performance. Roger Daltrey himself has proven fit for such a gig, as he concludes his first North American tour since 1985 this month. However, as Traina attributes an unnamed source in his report, an NFL spokesman’s response still stands: “When we have something to announce, we’ll announce it.”
The 2010 championship game is scheduled to air Feb. 7. If The Who are indeed its performers, the band would follow the footsteps of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Prince, the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and Sir Paul McCartney.