Say what you will about Paul McCartney, but the former Beatle and Wing is unlikely to tear his shirt off at public singing engagements. Perhaps the minimal threat of nipple exposure is a major reason why McCartney has been given the coveted, but recently stained, Super Bowl halftime slot.

According to media reports, McCartney will perform midway through Super Bowl XXXIX, which will be played in Jacksonville, Fla. on Feb. 6. The game will be shown on Fox.

“There’s nothing bigger then being asked to perform at the Super Bowl,” McCartney says. “We’re looking forward to rocking the millions at home and in the stadium.”

The 62-year-old McCartney, knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1997, will attempt to return some civility to the mid-Super Bowl spectacular, which was besmirched last year in an infamous performance by Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake wherein the former boy band frontman tore off a piece of Jackson’s top. The exact motivation behind Timberlake’s ripping and Jackson’s nipping may never be known, but the incident introduced the phrase “wardrobe malfunction” and launched a year of network uncertainty over the issue of indecency on broadcast television.

CBS is protesting an FCC fine of $500,000 stemming from the Jackson performance.

McCartney has performed at the Super Bowl in the past without any kind of unnecessary exposure. He sang as part of the pregame show before the 2002 Super Bowl.

The 20005 Super Bowl halftime show will be produced by television veteran Don Mischer.


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