Aerosmith: Gary I. Rothstein/Icon SMI/NewsCom
Gary Susman
January 16, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Given the seemingly endless lineup of pregame programming on Super Bowl Sunday, CBS and the NFL believe you don’t want to miss a thing. So it’s apt that Aerosmith are making a return visit to the football showdown, where they’ll headline the pregame show. Singer Steven Tyler waxed enthusiastic about the event, saying in a statement: ”The Super Bowl is Rock and Roll! It’s slammin’, it’s precision, it’s passion and pure energy. That’s Sweet Emotion to me.”

Aerosmith played the halftime show three years ago, sharing a stage with Nelly, ‘N Sync, and Britney Spears. (Nelly will also be back this year, performing at halftime with Janet Jackson, Kid Rock, and P. Diddy.)

Also performing at the Reliant Stadium pre-kickoff concert (whose full title is ”Welcome to Houston — The Spirit of Texas”) will be Toby Keith and Willie Nelson, who will presumably find out how much it costs to buy beer in the stands if you’re ordering it for your horses. Since the Feb. 1 game date marks the first anniversary of the Columbia space shuttle disaster (for Houston, a hometown tragedy), crooner Josh Groban will pay tribute to the seven fallen astronauts by singing ”You Raise Me Up.” He’ll be joined onstage by the crew of the next shuttle mission and a choir of local schoolchildren. Capping the concert will be hometown girl Beyoncé, who will sing the national anthem, and the 149th Army Aviation Battalion, who’ll stage a flyover in Black Hawk helicopters. By then, you’ll be ready for some football.

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