Van Halen To Play Super Bowl 47?

There's a buzz in the sports community that Van Halen could be on tap to play Super Bowl 47 next year in New Orleans.

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There's a buzz in the sports community that Van Halen could be on tap to play Super Bowl 47 next year in New Orleans.

NBC Sports first speculated on the band's involvement a few weeks ago following comments made by Eddie Van Halen regarding the group's touring plans.

On the heels of canceling a full run of summer US tour dates, Eddie told USA Today that "a lot of the canceled dates were in cities we already played. So in November we'll hit Japan, and in the new year we'll possibly do something special, but I can't talk about it."

Read more of Eddie's interview here.

On Monday, NBC Sports made more references to Van Halen's involvement in the 2013 event while addressing the news that Pepsi is returning to sponsor the half-time show following the departure of Bridgestone.

As sponsor of the Super Bowl halftime show - and, from the sound of it, having greater say in who the act will be - NBC Sports says the SportsBusiness Journal reports that Pepsi will pay "upward of" $7 million per year.

Pepsi reportedly hopes to use the sponsorship to link "its sports and music platforms", via what the marketing types call a "season long music and sports platform that could be leveraged at retail throughout the season and would culminate in the usual Super Bowl halftime appearance by a major musical act."

Van Halen may just fit that Pepsi bill.

Super Bowl 47 is set for February 3, 2013 in New Orleans.

Van Halen wrap up the first leg of their "A Different Kind Of Truth" tour on Tuesday in New Orleans before taking a summer break.

To check out a list of potential Super Bowl rockers posted by hennemusic back in February of 2011, click here.

Stay tuned.

Thanks for the report to HenneMusic.com.

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    Maiden95
    I guess it would be better than Madonna. Scratch that. ANYTHING will be better than Madonna. Hopefully they will get a string of great bands to play again.
    DekeRivers
    NickM2192 wrote: There are a number of good artists from New Orleans who should get that spot. Trombone Shorty, Galactic, Dr. John, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Dumpstaphunk, The Meters, The Neville Brothers, Big Sam's Funky Nation... The list goes on and on. Every one of them would be more entertaining than Van Halen
    That's your opinion. Don't think many outside of New Orleans would agree though, just because the Superbowl is in New Orleans doesn't mean the band has to be.
    john_kimble
    Maiden95 wrote: I guess it would be better than Madonna. Scratch that. ANYTHING will be better than Madonna. Hopefully they will get a string of great bands to play again.
    Agreed. The last good band played in 2009, when The Boss and the E. Street Band played for the Steelers and Cardinals.
    cfhdomination
    "There's a buzz in the sports community that Van Halen could be on tap to play Super Bowl 47 next year in New Orleans." Pun intended??
    AcdcTXfan
    "We'll possibly do something special." That means it's in no way set in stone. But I hope this happens.
    tommy57
    He doesn't suck at all.What you don't like Running with the Devil?Ain't Talkin' Bout Love Mean Street and on and on?Who do you think cowrote that stuff?I'd rather see Van Halen with him any day.I don't see how they can do the Superbowl.What songs can they do there in such a short time?
    cfhdomination
    NickM2192 wrote: There are a number of good artists from New Orleans who should get that spot. Trombone Shorty, Galactic , Dr. John, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Dumpstaphunk, The Meters, The Neville Brothers, Big Sam's Funky Nation... The list goes on and on. Every one of them would be more entertaining than Van Halen
    Stanton Moore FTW!! The guy's an amazing drummer.
    jbass13
    I'd kinda like to see something more modern to get the younger generation who watch the game with their parents to get them out of Kidz Bop and that crap. I've been hoping for some groups like Pearl Jam or Foo Fighters to play the Super Bowl. But anything would really beat anything that has performed in recent years. I still remember when the Who played and that was amazing!
    NickM2192
    There are a number of good artists from New Orleans who should get that spot. Trombone Shorty, Galactic, Dr. John, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Dumpstaphunk, The Meters, The Neville Brothers, Big Sam's Funky Nation... The list goes on and on. Every one of them would be more entertaining than Van Halen
    Rick_Diculous
    Why is Van Halen considered an all time great band? David Lee Roth sucks as a frontman. That whole "I'm gonna say something stupid like 'Hey man, that suit is you!' thing he does in the breakdown of every damn song is terrible, and the rest of the song wasn't that good to begin with.
    Firehawk2410
    I really hope this happens. It seems about right since the halftime show artist is usually a "throwback" for the audience. When the Black Eyed Peas did it there was HUGE negative feedback, probably because they're a newer hip-hop act, but a lot of middle-aged people know who Van Halen are.
    Metallicuh
    This one chick in my high school said they should have high school bands play at superbowl. You know with all those band geeks and xylophones and useless brass instruments. I can barely stand them at high school footbll games.