Rolling Stones Super Bowl Halftime Show


Following an owners’ meeting that was held in Honolulu on November 1, 2000, Super Bowl XL was awarded to Detroit, Michigan. The stadium was not officially opened until 2002.

Super Bowl XL was played between the AFC’s Pittsburgh Steelers and NFC’s Seattle Seahawks on February 5, 2006, at the Ford Field Stadium, Detroit, to decide which team would be crowned champions of the 2005 football season.

Securing a win of 21-10, the Steelers joined the ranks of the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys as the only teams to win five Super Bowl titles.

Notable for:

  • The 40th Super Bowl was marked by the strapline “The Road to Forty,” which was also a nod to the host’s history in the automobile industry.
  • Super Bowl XL was the first Super Bowl to be played on FieldTurf; all previous games have been placed on either AstroTurf or natural grass.
  • Super Bowl XL was surrounded by controversy over the officiating and NFL Films later ranked one of the officiator’s decisions within the top ten most questionable calls of all time.

The Pittsburgh Steelers took advantage of two major plays to score touchdowns and, by the third quarter, had established a 14-3 lead. Willie Parker had contributed to this with a record-breaking 75-yard run to score a touchdown. Parker was not the only record player on the field that day. Kelly Herndon also set a new record with a 76-yard interception return, which set up a touchdown for the Seahawks, taking the score to 14-10. However, any hopes of gaining further ground on the Steelers were dashed when Antwaan Randle El launched a 43-yard pass to Hines Ward for a touchdown.
Hines Ward was named MVP. During the game, he had caught five passes, covering 123 yards and scored a touchdown.

Final Score: Seattle Seahawks (NFC) – 10 Vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (AFC) – 21
Date: February 5, 2006
Stadium: Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan
MVP: Hines Ward, Wide receiver
Favorite: Steelers by 4
Referee: Bill Leavy
Attendance: 68,206

Pregame: Stevie Wonder with Joss Stone, John Legend, and India.Arie
Anthem: Aretha Franklin and Aaron Neville accompanied by pianist Dr. John
Coin Toss: Tom Brady
Half time: The Rolling Stones
Halftime set:

  • “Start Me Up”
  • “Rough Justice”
  • “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”

Snow fall on Detroit the day before the Super Bowl did dampen party-going spirits somewhat. However, the cities major Super Bowl parties went ahead with full steam. Saturday’s major events were the Playboy party at Detroit City Airport, which was attended by Tom Arnold, Jenna Jameson, and Sky Nellor; Penthouse’s bash in downtown, which was attended by Snoop Dogg, Jamie Lynn, and Tommy Lee, the Maxim party, which was attended by Wyclef Jean; and the Budweiser gig, which was held in an outfield of Tiger Stadium.