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Aerosmith's Super Bowl XXXVIII spotlight

HOUSTON, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Aerosmith, the hard rock band that headlined the halftime show in Tampa three years ago, will be back at Super Bowl XXXVIII in a warmup role.

The Boston-based band will headline this year's Super Bowl pre-game show at Reliant Stadium in Houston on Sunday, Feb. 1, the NFL has announced.

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Super Bowl XXXVIII will be televised by CBS to an expected 130 million viewers in the United States and a potential worldwide audience of 1 billion viewers. The Super Bowl is the most-watched single-day sporting event.

"The Super Bowl is Rock and Roll! It's sexy, it's slammin', it's precision, it's passion and pure energy," said Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler.

The festivities kick off with a show entitled "Welcome to Houston--The Spirit of Texas."

Aerosmith opened the NFL season with a performance in Washington, D.C. at "NFL Kickoff Live." In Houston, the band will perform in the finale of the pre-game show featuring a tribute to NASA.

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