Gary Glitter has been denied the chance of a bumper payday after National Football League bosses ruled that his 1972 track ‘Rock And Roll Part II’ cannot be played at this Sunday’s Super Bowl. The track is often played when a number of NFL teams score a touchdown, including the New England Patriots, who will line-up against the New York Giants in the American football showpiece event this weekend. It was thought that Glitter, who has been convicted of possession of child pornography and of a string of child sexual abuse offences, could be set to earn thousands of pounds in royalties if the song was aired live during the game.
Whilst Glitter’s version of the track would not have been played, a cover version by punk rock supergroup Tube Tops 2000 could have been. However, NFL authorities have now stepped in and said that the track will not be played under any circumstances. According to the Daily Mirror, Brian McCarthy, a representative for the NFL, said of the song’s chances of being played:
“We will not be playing any version of it.”
Madonna and special guests MIA and Nicki Minaj are confirmed to perform at the Super Bowl, which will take place at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Kelly Clarkson will sing the US National Anthem before kick-off.