Half Time With Pete Townend And The Who – Rock On!
Rock on Dude! Legendary Rocker Pete Townsend of The Who has defended his choice to perform in Super Bowl half-time show, saying that he was saddened by critics who brought back his 2003 link to child pornography.
Townshend and singer Roger Daltrey performed three songs this week as a preview, but the guitarist reacted quite seriously, when asked about two groups that have criticized the NFL’s choice.
”I’ve been very saddened by it,” he said. ”I feel like we’re on the same side. That’s really all I can say.” Townshend was arrested in 2003 in Britain in a child pornography sting but later cleared, saying his accessing of a child pornography website was for his anti-porn activism. ”Anybody who has any doubts about if I should be here or not should investigate a little bit further,” he said. ”For a family that has suffered the issue of child abuse, vigilance is the most important thing, not vigilantism.”
Since an infamous ”wardrobe malfunction” exposed Janet Jackson’s breast six years ago, the NFL has had male headliners, a decision which at times raises a few brows of feminists like me. Sports and Music goes hand in hand at times when the pressures of life wears out down, and that is why, I am giving my thumbs up to The Who and Townsend. Let the good times roll – I say. Townshend and Daltrey will play for 12 minutes at half-time. ”I heard if you take out the advertising and all the breaks the game only lasts for 11½ minutes,” Daltrey said. ”We’re working longer than the players?” Townshend added. ”We should re-do our deal.”
Daltrey touted rugby to as gridiron ”without the breaks, padding and helmets and they get less injuries than the guys in the helmets. British guys are lighter.”