Turns out “Weird Al” Yankovic would need a whole lot more than a pile of signatures to perform at the next Super Bowl halftime show. One man’s drunken petition calling on the NFL to book the accordion-toting parodist for its 2015 season finale has garnered more than 125,000 supporters. But Yankovic was more foresighted than any of us may have realized when he sang, on his chart-topping new album Mandatory Fun‘s folkie “Mission Statement,” about how “we must monetize our assets.”
The NFL is asking a list of performers who aren’t “Weird Al” if they’d like to pay to play at Super Bowl XLIX, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed “people familiar with the matter.”
Rihanna, Katy Perry and Coldplay have made pro football’s short list of candidates, these people said. When the league asked the artists’ representatives if they’d be willing to fork over some of their post-Super Bowl concert income, as a quid pro quo for the halftime show, the candidates’ camps didn’t exactly pick up the idea and run with it, according to the people.
An NFL rep told the Journal the league only wanted “to put on the best possible show” at this season’s big game, scheduled for February 1 in Glendale, Arizona. “When we have something to announce, we’ll announce it.” This year’s Super Bowl halftime show brought a double bill of Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The year before that, Beyoncé effectively put the lights out in a performance that reunited her with the rest of Destiny’s Child.
A Kickstarter next, perhaps?