Van Halen singer David Lee Roth says the band would love to play at the Super Bowl. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Van Halen would jump at the chance to play at halftime of this year's Super Bowl, but despite rumors to the contrary, the band hasn't yet been asked to perform, lead singer David Lee Roth wrote in an open letter (via ProFootballTalk).
"First of all let me say this — be still my pigskin heart," Roth wrote. "That honor has not been bestowed upon us at this time though it is one we would accept in a NY minute.
Having heard VH blaring through stadium speakers on any given Sunday – more like every given Sunday, the idea of playing there live would be like – ‘okay, now we’re in the game’.
...Playing at the (Super Bowl) is a veritable holy grail of musical recognition, a highly prized rite of passage for (game-changing) artists. Not a spiritual rite with snake pits or Hebrew school or anything, but it’s up there.
We are not on Commissioner Goodell’s dance card at this time, but we would be most honored to dance the halftime away in New Orleans."
Van Halen would fit the same profile as many other recent halftime performers, including The Who, Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen.