The Wall Street Journal is reporting that British rock superstars Coldplay will be performing as the featured halftime act for this February’s fiftieth Super Bowl. The NFL is scheduled to make the official announcement during Thursday night’s matchup between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions.
The Super Bowl halftime show has become one of the most celebrated entertainment slots in the world, with iconic and sometimes controversial moments over its history including U2’s September 11 memorial during the Super Bowl XXXVI show, Prince’s iconic Purple Rain solo during an actual rain storm at Super Bowl XLI, and of course Janet Jackson’s infamous wardrobe malfunction at Super Bowl XXXVIII. In recent years, the show has come to be dominated by pop stars including Beyonce at Super Bowl XLVII, Bruno Mars at Super Bowl XLVIII, and Katy Perry at last season’s Super Bowl XLIX.
Coldplay will be the first rock band to appear on the show since the Red Hot Chili Peppers guested during Bruno Mars set, and the first to headline since The Who at Super Bowl XLIV.
The British chart-toppers are known for hits including “Fix You,” “Viva La Vida,” “Clocks,” and “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall.” Their latest album, A Head Full of Dreams, is scheduled for release on December 4 and features a guest appearance by Beyonce, leading to speculation that she may return to the Super Bowl stage for a performance with the band.
Super Bowl 50 is scheduled to be played between the AFC and NFC Conference Champions at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara California on February 7, 2016.