The rock legend joins U2 in providing the half-time entertainment...

Paul McCartney is to perform live at this year’s SUPERBOWL.

The former Beatles will perform ‘Freedom’, his tribute to the heroes of the September 11 terrorist strikes. According to the Reuters news service, Paul McCartney will be joined by 500 youngsters for the song. The children will represent the 180 countries who televise one of the largest sporting events in the world.

Traditionally the event draws a massive television audience, with an estimated 130 million in the US, and 800 million fans watching the event worldwide.

Speaking about his appearance, Paul McCartney said: “As a sports fan, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be involved in the Super Bowl, and as a musician, I am honoured to add my voice to the message of tribute that this year’s Super Bowl will carry.”

U2 will also perform live during the half-time interval at the Super Bowl XXXVI, which takes place at the Louisiana Superdome on February 3.