Disgraced popstar Gary Glitter could be set to earn a bumper payday from this year’s Super Bowl.
Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was convicted in 1999 of possession of child pornography and served four months in prison. After his release, he relocated to Vietnam, where he was subsequently convicted of a string of child sexual abuse offences.
However, he could now stand to earn thousands of pounds in royalties after it was confirmed that a cover of his 1972 track ‘Rock And Roll Part II’ is likely to be played at this year’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 on February 5 in American football showpiece event.
Though the NFL’s authorities stated in 2006 that they did not want any team to play Glitter’s version of the song anymore, a number of teams have used a cover version by punk rock supergroup Tube Tops 2000 instead.
Tube Tops 2000 featured former Smashing Pumpkins bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur, The Go-Go’s Kathy Valentine and Hole’s Eric Erlandson in their line-up and they recorded the cover for a 2001 compilation which was titled ‘Blockbuster: A 70’s Glitter Glam Rock Experience’.