Local music fans will be excited to hear that one of San Diego’s favorite bands will entertain the half-time crowd at the NFC Championship Game on Sunday featuring the San Francisco 49ers and the Atlanta Falcons.
Chula Vista's Payable on Death tweeted the news out on Tuesday: “Sunday P.O.D. will perform at halftime during the NFC Championship game.
@49ers @Atlanta_Falcons 3pm ET on @NFLONFOXpic.twitter.com/Xd1ler7s”
“This is kind of a neat thing," said Roddy White, the director of event marketing for the Atlanta Falcons, who will be hosting the game. "Since 2002, when I came to work for the Falcons, their song 'Boom' has been a fan favorite. Virtually every game we have played since then, their song has been played as part of our presentation.”
Sadly, P.O.D's performance on Sunday will likely not get them the same half-time love R&B superstar Beyonce is expected to receive two weeks later during the Super Bowl. Typically, the artists' performances during the championship games -- which only feature a 12-minute halftime -- are not part of the broadcast.
"We were looking for an act to do the half-time show ... it was one of the acts that came up and we moved forward with it,” White said.
White said the Zac Brown Band will be also be on hand on Sunday and will be peforming the national anthem. P.O.D. will be around long enough to play a pair of songs at least, according to White.
The Georgia Dome gig isn’t the only high-profile booking lately for P.O.D. – at least to local fans. Over the weekend, they were onstage at 91x’s 30th Birthday Bash at the House of Blues, where P.O.D. shared a lineup with Ocean Beach’s Slightly Stoopid.
The metal-with-a-Christian slant Payable on Death formed nearly a decade ago, releasing a half-dozen full-length major-label discs since then, with their latest, Murdered Love, dropping last summer. The band may be best known for its hits “Southtown” and “Youth of the Nation,” which was nominated for a Best Hard Rock Performance Grammy in 2003.