NFL Plans Season-Opening Bash

LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The NFL is in talks to host a concert in Los Angeles to coincide with the season opening game between the Oakland Raiders and the New England Patriots in Foxboro, Massachusetts, on September 8th. Concerts in Foxboro and Detroit will be held at the same time.

The concert will celebrate the 40th Super Bowl anniversary season, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The free event would be highlighted by a concert at the Hollywood & Highland complex, and would feature a tribute to Super Bowls. It would be the first major NFL event the Los Angeles area since the Raiders and Rams left after the 1994 season.

The event would be held in conjunction with simultaneous music-and-football events in the Detroit and at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro. The concerts would thematically link the first Super Bowl, which was played at the L.A. Coliseum, with the 40th, which will be played in February at Ford Field in Detroit.

The league has held live music events at the launch of the football season for years, including concerts in Times Square in New York City in 2002 and in Washington, D.C. in 2003.

Last year, the NFL hosted simultaneous events in Detroit and Jacksonville, Florida, where Jessica Simpson performed. Portions of the performances were broadcast in a one-hour pregame show. The same idea would be employed for this year’s performances.

Besides Simpson, last year’s season kickoff concerts included Elton John, Destiny’s Child, Lenny Kravitz and Toby Keith. In 2003, Aerosmith, Britney Spears, Good Charlotte, Mary J. Blige and Aretha Franklin were featured. No acts have been confirmed for this year’s event. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers

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