Not since 1986 when a Chicago Bears-clad William “The Refrigerator” Perry steamrolled over an unsuspecting New England Patriots goal line defence for the sealing touchdown late in the third quarter of Super Bowl XX has anyone with the surname Perry made a bigger splash on American football’s biggest stage. That is until this season.


The NFL has confirmed that Katy Perry will provide the stadium spectacular entertainment for Super Bowl XLIX‘s coveted Half Time show.


The slot is an enormous deal, and in the past has been filled by a who’s who of musical royalty including (funnily enough) The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Beyonce and Destiny’s Child, Madonna, Prince, The Rolling Stones, and of course the ever-controversial “wardrobe malfunction” featuring Janet JacksonJustin Timberlake and a strategically placed nipple pasty.


Perry herself confirmed the news today via Twitter during the Dallas Cowboys/New York Giants game – the one that featured that catch.

More to that, she did so whilst simultaneously unveiling an ad promoting her performance and the stage props it could potentially involve – including, but not limited to: stadium-wide showers of edible glitter, fire-breathing sharks, Unicorns (but not Pegasii), time machines, and – naturally – a shitload of fireworks.

The little Back to the Future nod made me do an involuntary high-pitched noise that I’m not particularly proud of.

Super Bowl XLIX takes place on Sunday February 1st US time (Monday Feb 2 out here) at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, and I remain quietly confident that the Green Bay Packers are at least an above average chance of making an appearance. Particularly if Aaron Rodgers continues to insist on throwing lasers week in, week out.