February 9, 2015

A Metallica fan has launched a petition asking the National Football League to have the band perform in 2016 at Super Bowl 50, which will take place in Metallica’s adopted hometown of San Francisco.

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The last time a rock act headlined the annual sports event was 2010, when The Who were the featured halftime performers. Metallica has been participating in local sports events a lot more in recent years, with both the San Francisco Giants baseball team and San Jose Sharks hockey club initiating annual “Metallica Nights.”

The petition, which quickly blew past its initial goal of 5,000 signatures and had nearly 11,000 at press time, reads in part, “It is absolutely stupefying that these American pioneers of rock have not been involved with a Super Bowl halftime to date and it is time for that to change . . . We don’t need pop-tarts on mechanical tigers giving us flash and no substance, we need amps and drums cranked up and played with power and emotion. It’s time.”

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The “pop tarts” and “mechanical tigers” remark is a jab at pop singer Katy Perry, who headlined the halftime show earlier this month.

This year’s Super Bowl halftime show was marked by controversy when it came out that the NFL had asked performers if they would be willing to pay to play at the event. It was reported that the idea was met with a “chilly reception” by most artists’ representatives.

Metallica is currently at home in the Bay Area and reportedly at work on its 10th studio album.

Wanna sign the petition?