Tom Petty in Super Bowl lip-synch controversy

Did the rocker mime during his half time show appearance?

Controversy around Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers‘ performance at the Super Bowl half-time show yesterday (January 3) has risen, with Petty being accused of miming his performance.

Petty and his band played four songs during their set, but according to the Dallas Morning News, many signs of the show being mimed were present.

Petty’s vocals seemed too pristine for a live show, his lungs did not seem to be expanding as much as they should, and his mouth was placed behind a large fuzzy microphone.


Lip-synching is not thought to be new to Super Bowl half-time shows.

Janet Jackson was accused of the same during her performance in 2004, although her now infamous “wardrobe malfunction” drew the headlines, while it was also suspected that Sir Paul McCartney mimed his 2005 set.

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