Outkast Turned Down Super Bowl Halftime Show, Big Boi Says
During an appearance on ESPN’s The Dan Le Betard Show on Thursday (Nov. 5), Big Boi revealed that Outkast nearly performed at a Super Bowl halftime show.
The set-that-could-have-been never came to fruition because NFL organizers offered the duo limited stage time, while Andre 3000 allegedly wanted to perform their hits “Hey Ya!” and “The Way You Move” in their entirety.
“[Andre] didn’t want to cut the songs; he wanted to do the full songs,” Big Boi revealed. “He said, ‘Nah, can’t do it.'”
Sir Lucius Left Foot added that he tried “a lot” to change Andre’s mind but didn’t rule out the opportunity possibly presenting itself in the future. “Hopefully, they invite us back,” he said.
As Pitchfork points out, Big Boi implied that the performance was slated for the 2004 Super Bowl, the halftime show that brought the world Janet Jackson’s infamous wardrobe malfunction.
Last year, Outkast played 40 festivals for their #ATLast reunion tour, celebrating the 20th anniversary of their 1994 debut, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik.