The Wilfs and other team owners won’t be the only big shots who get to see Sting sing in Minneapolis this weekend. NFL representatives announced the former Police frontman as one of the performers in Sunday’s official Tailgate Party before Super Bowl LII, another high-buck shindig that will also feature Sting’s new duet partner Shaggy as well as rocker-turned-twanger Darius Rucker.
Taking place inside the Minneapolis Convention Center instead of a typical tailgating parking lot, the noontime party is included in many of the VIP packages for Super Bowl ticket holders, or else individual tickets are available on Ticketmaster starting around $1,700. Part of the party will be shown during the Super Bowl pre-game telecast.
It’s not clear how long Sting’s performance will be for "tailgaters," but the NFL is promising/threatening he and Shaggy will deliver their new reggae-flavored single “Don’t Make Me Wait,” a surprising collaboration that was the butt of many jokes on Twitter last week. They also performed a portion of the song last night during the Grammy Awards in New York, a moment the Los Angeles Times said "stood out for the wrong reasons" in the telecast.
As for Rucker, he has long outlived all the “Where’s Hootie?” jokes from his Hootie & the Blowfish days and remains a popular country singer with hits such as “If I Told You.”
Last week, it was confirmed that Sting has been booked to play a special party for NFL team owners hosted by the Wilf family, as is customary for the local team in the Super Bowl host city.