Nevada Gov. Wants AC/DC for Super Bowl LVIII Halftime Show
Super Bowl LVIII is set for Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada, on Sunday, February 11, 2024. If Nevada Gov. Joe Lombardo had his way, he’d bring some serious rock star power to the Halftime Show.
When asked at the NFL/Las Vegs Super Bowl LVII Host Committee press conference last week who he wanted to see perform at the Halftime Show, Lombardo said, “AC/DC!” The Las Vegas Review-Journal noted that Lombardo added, “I was going to yell it out … But yeah, I’m serious. Bring ’em back.”
The announcement of the Halftime Show headliners will come down at some point this Fall. The Halftime Show, of course, is produced by Jay-Z’s Roc Nation and is sponsored by Apple Music. NFL executive vice president of club business/major events/international Peter O’Reilly noted that the league will work with Roc Nation closely to determine a performer(s) that will be “the right fit at this time for this market.”
The last time a legit rock act performed during the Super Bowl Halftime Show was in 2014, when the Red Hot Chili Peppers performed alongside Bruno Mars. Before that, the last time a rock act was the primary performer was The Who in 2010.
AC/DC performing at the Super Bowl would certainly be a great moment for the legendary band. In October, they’re performing at Power Trip at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. The performance will be a triumphant return for the band with singer Brian Johnson. Johnson, of course, was forced to step away from AC/DC in 2016 due to issues related to hearing loss. He would rejoin the band in 2020 for their album Power Up, which served as a tribute to late guitarist Malcolm Young. Thanks to some new in-ear technology, Johnson was able to resume his singing duties with AC/DC.
Other bands booked for Power Trip include Guns N’ Roses, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Metallica and Tool. If a rock act is tapped for the Super Bowl Halftime Show, surely Guns N’ Roses and Metallica would be top contenders. Both bands are currently on tour, so they’ll be in tip-top shape for the high-profile gig.