Paul McCartney To Lead Super Bowl Tribute

Beatles great Paul McCartney has signed on to lead "a tribute to the spirit of everyday heroes" during the pre-game show for Super Bowl XXXVI, set for Feb. 3 at the New Orleans Superdome. When contact

Beatles great Paul McCartney has signed on to lead "a tribute to the spirit of everyday heroes" during the pre-game show for Super Bowl XXXVI, set for Feb. 3 at the New Orleans Superdome. When contacted, a McCartney spokesperson could not confirm whether the performance would comprise the track "Freedom," which the artist debuted at the Concert for New York City, or a new song written specifically for the occasion.

The performance is confirmed to involve 500 young people representing the 180 countries that will telecast the Super Bowl worldwide. In the U.S., the event will be broadcast live by Fox.

"As a sports fan, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be involved in the Super Bowl, and as a musician, I am honored to add my voice to the message of tribute that this year's Super Bowl will carry," McCartney said in a statement.

"We will salute those who have helped make us stronger since Sept. 11 and recognize those who will make a difference in every community," National Football League Commissioner Paul Tagliabue added. "We are delighted that Paul McCartney has agreed to lead this tribute to freedom and everyday heroes."

The Super Bowl will be graced by a host of other music stars. Mariah Carey will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner," while Mary J. Blige will duet with Marc Anthony on "America the Beautiful." The pair will be 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. U2 will perform live during the halftime show.