It’s no secret that in recent years, the Super Bowl half-time show has skewed pretty heavily towards the pop end of the spectrum, from the likes of Coldplay, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez among some of the names that have performed.
In response, a fan by the name of Gina Di Lecce has started a campaign to get “real metal” onstage at next year’s event – in particular, legendary Aussie rockers AC/DC.
“It’s been a while since we’ve had some REAL METAL play the halftime show for the Super Bowl. Don’t get me wrong, ALL MUSIC artists have done a great job and SHOULD play the show, but we all need a turn,” wrote Di Lecce.
“It’s time for some rock and roll! And who better than AC/DC to play?! They are coming back together, making a new album and possibly touring again. This would be perfect!! Come together, Metal heads, and get this going!”
The petition was launched three days ago and, at, time of writing, it’s garnered around 4,300 supporters.
Notably, it’s been backed by former Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider, who took to social media to urge fans to sign the petition.
SHARE AND SPREAD THE WORD! WE NEED A LOT OF SIGNATURES TO BE NOTICED! Dee Snider backs petition to have AC/DC play Super Bowl half-time show https://t.co/EuZyDFgCEP
— Dee Snider (@deesnider) February 11, 2020
Snider has long called for rock to make a return to the Super Bowl. Last week, he posted a video to Instagram urging NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, along with Jay-Z and Roc Nation, reiterating his viewpoint.
“I’m not against any other kind of music. I think all music should be represented sooner or later at the Super Bowl, have that forum, the half-time show,” he said.
“But it has been a very long time, maybe since Aerosmith and KISS, it’s been a very long time that a hard rock band, a real rock band has been represented at the half-time show, and I think that it is time.”
Snider went on to suggest AC/DC take the spot next time around, saying “There are a lot of bands that are stadium worthy and a lot of bands that have sold hundreds of millions of records, but the one band that I think has such crossover appeal to so many people in all genres is AC/DC.”
“You play so many of their songs at every single game, and the band is reuniting with a new album, they’re going to be touring again and they would bring down the house.”
AC/DC have been pretty tight-lipped about their future plans – but rumours abound that the band are about to release a new album and tour this year, with singer Brian Johnson back in the fold after departing in 2016 due to hearing loss.
You can check out the petition here.