With Bruno Mars expected to deliver a dazzling halftime show during Super Bowl XLVIII in February, a slew of acts will play warm-up to him and help kick off the biggest sporting event of the year with concerts in the days leading up to the big game.
VH1 has teamed up with the NFL to host six concerts in the week leading up to Super Bowl, the network has announced.
Taking advantage of MetLife Stadium’s close proximity to New York -- the stadium that will host the game is just a stone’s throw away in New Jersey -- the bulk of the concert series will be anchored in each of New York’s five boroughs and end with a show in New Jersey on the eve of Super Bowl.
Dubbed the VH1 Super Bowl Blitz, the string of shows will launch Jan. 27 in Queens, and move on through the Bronx (Jan. 28), Brooklyn (Jan. 29), Manhattan (Jan. 30), Staten Island (Jan. 31) and New Jersey (Feb. 1).
VH1 has yet to announce the talent, but it promises that the series will feature "this year’s chart-topping musicians," so a betting man would wonder what radio mainstays such as Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake, Drake and Robin Thicke have planned for the end of January.
Previous pre-Super Bowl concerts organized by VH1 have featured Rihanna, Mary J. Blige, Justin Bieber, B.o.B., Gym Class Heroes and Maroon 5’s Adam Levine.
For those of us not lucky enough to score any of the free tickets given away via Twitter, each show will air live on VH1 at 11 p.m. Eastern time.
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