(NEW YORK) — Speculation began circulating in the media recently that Van Halen may be the next high-profile artist to headline a Super Bowl halftime show, and now the band’s frontman, David Lee Roth, has come forward to address the rumors.
The Van Halen News Desk fan site has posted an open letter from the singer in which he declares, “Be still my pigskin heart. That honor has not been bestowed upon us at this time, though it is one we would accept in a NY minute.”
Roth continues, “Having heard VH blaring through stadium speakers on any given Sunday — more like every given Sunday — the idea of playing there live would be like, ‘okay, now we’re in the game.'”
The singer goes on to describe the Super Bowl halftime gig as “a veritable holy grail of musical recognition, a highly prized rite of passage for (game-changing) artists.”
He concludes by saying, “It’s an honor to be considered and for that we would like to thank the rumormongers all over the World Wide Web.”
Rumors about Van Halen playing at next year’s sports extravaganza sprung up after the band canceled a lengthy portion of its announced North American tour. In the wake of the cancellations, guitarist Eddie Van Halen told USA Today, “In the new year we’ll possibly do something special but I can’t talk about it.”
The next Super Bowl will take place February 3, 2013, at the Superdome in New Orleans.
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Sandra Gonzalez, CNN
Brett Crandall, BYU-Idaho Communications