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- Posted on Jan 26th 2012 4:55PM by Jason MacNeil
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"Forget Madonna, y'know," Currie said during an interview Thursday afternoon with Tim & Sid (Tim Micallef and Sid Seixeiro) on Toronto sports radio station The Fan 590. "I remember in '98 when she came out with that album 'Ray of Light,' she was old back then and like it's 2012 now. That was 14 years ago."
Instead of the material girl, Currie said he would rather see the Roots have an opportunity to perform. "They're getting more props now and people know about them thanks to the Jimmy Fallon show but if you've seen them live you know they can stake a claim to being the best live band around," he said. "They put on a killer show, can do all kinds of styles, they can medley and all that kind of stuff."
Another act the Sheepdogs singer felt deserved a chance were Black Keys, who Currie described as being "at the front of the good rock bands that are popular nowadays." He also would be happy to see Prince perform again, too. "When he played he absolutely killed it a couple years ago. They should just let Prince play every two years or every three years. He destroyed it."
And while hip-hop acts would also be a good idea, Currie feels Jay-Z or Kanye "might be a little too narrow for such a wide thing like a Super Bowl."
The musician also said the string of artists who recently played, such as the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and the Who, are far too conservative choices.
"It's a continuation of this trend since the whole Janet Jackson nipple-gate thing," Currie said. "It's been getting more conservative, more safe. You know your McCartneys and the Stones, they're fine but I can't [help but] feel that they're leaving out a more sort of relative, younger element that needs to be represented."
Meanwhile, in terms of the Canadian Football League's Grey Cup centennial anniversary this year, Currie would love to see a generational collaboration in the vein of the Aerosmith-*Nsync-Britney Spears Super Bowl appearance in 2001.
"I would love to see like Randy and Burton from the Guess Who, maybe you've got Sloan in there, maybe guys like us -- just good meat and potatoes Canadian rock that you can enjoy while watching a football game."
In related news, the Sheepdogs will perform in Ottawa this weekend as part of the National Hockey League's All Star Game festivities. The group just finished recording their new studio album with Black Keys' Patrick Carney, with a late spring or early summer release date tentatively set. The band re-released their last album 'Learn & Burn' in 2011.