The festivities surrounding Super Bowl XXXVI will be brimming with musical entertainment, and plenty of it will be televised during the Fox network's extensive coverage of the game and the pre-game ci

The festivities surrounding Super Bowl XXXVI will be brimming with musical entertainment, and plenty of it will be televised during the Fox network's extensive coverage of the game and the pre-game circus, according to a National Football League (NFL) spokesperson. The music is set to begin several hours prior to the Feb. 3 game at the New Orleans Superdome, with performances by the Barenaked Ladies and No Doubt from the Fox Tailgate Party in the stadium's parking lot. The network's game coverage is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. ET; pre-game analysis and coverage will begin in the morning hours.

The Boston Pops will supply the next musical interlude heard amidst the reports and prognostication, according to the spokesperson. As previously reported, the orchestra, conducted by Keith Lockhart, will perform American composer Aaron Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man" and excerpts from his "A Lincoln Portrait."


Barry ManilowThe next set of performers is also the latest addition to the celebration of the NFL's pigskin classic. According to her official Web site, country artist Wynonna will be joined by song stylist Barry Manilow, gospel/R&B star Yolanda Adams, and R&B crooners James Ingram and Patti LaBelle for a salute to America. Although the NFL spokesperson could not confirm it, Wynonna will be making her third straight Super Bowl pre-game appearance.

As reported this morning, Paul McCartney will headline the pre-game "tribute to the spirit of everyday heroes." The performance is confirmed to involve 500 young people representing the 180 countries that will telecast the Super Bowl worldwide.

Mary J. Blige and Marc Anthony will then perform "America the Beautiful," backed by the Boston Pops and joined by America's Heroes Chorus, made up of representatives from the five branches of the military based in Louisiana. The Pops will remain to back Mariah Carey, who perform the National Anthem just prior to kickoff.

And, as if that wasn't enough, veteran Irish rock act U2 will be on hand to provide halftime entertainment. While the song the group will perform has not been announced, a poll on the official Super Bowl Web site is tallying guesses for the 2001 Grammy-winning single "Beautiful Day, "Pride (In the Name of Love)," "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," and "Desire."