The Who Rock the Super Bowl

The Who's Pete Townshend
The Who's Pete Townshend

Photo credit: Michael P. Malarkey

The Who took midfield on Sunday for a pyro/laser light-heavy halftime performance that kicked off with Peter Townshend attacking an acoustic guitar with gusto for “Pinball Wizard,” and then turning to his Fender Strat® to rip off a few slow motion signature windmills during “Baba O’Riley.”

During an instrumental segue into “Who Are You,” singer Roger Daltrey whipped out his harmonica while world-acclaimed bassist and Fender signature artist Pino Palladino worked his magic on a Fender Precision Bass®, amplified by his Fender Bassman® TV™ Duo Ten and Bassman TV Fifteen. Midway thru the classic hit, Townshend began viciously stabbing at his guitar during a solo and then, bathed in red lighting that matched his Strat, the English rocker finished the number with about nine consecutive fast and furious windmills.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers also played a few lines of “See Me, Feel Me” before wrapping up with “Won’t Get Fooled Again.” Spectacular fireworks erupted during the finale as the circular lights surrounding the stage flashed back and forth between “The Who” and a giant-sized silhouette of Townshend windmilling.

Speaking of giant––watch the video here and take a look at the sweet stack of Fender Vibro-King amps.

To check out limited edition Who/Super Bowl merchandise, click here.

The halftime performance, by the way, was watched by more than 106.5 million people, making it the most watched program in TV history. The previous record dates back to the 1983 finale of M-A-S-H.

Also spotted during pregame, Daughtry bassist Josh Paul rocking his Fender bass during the Super Bowl tailgate party.  The band’s “Life After You” aired on CBS during the pregame show.

The Steve Miller Band played at an NFL Super Bowl party on Saturday night at the Westin Diplomat in Hollywood, Fla. The video is available on our Fender Facebook page.


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