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Sights and sounds of Super Bowl XLV pre-game

Posted 6:18pm on Sunday, Feb. 06, 2011

You had to keep your head on a near-permanent swivel, walking through the backstage and trailer area outside the exclusive NFL Tailgate party -- literally everywhere you turned, there was a celebrity. Hey, look -- it's Hugh Jackman! Over there -- Andy Roddick! Is that Jamie Foxx? Hey, there goes Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones!

But while playing Spot the Star was fun, the real reason I was near the NFL Tailgate party was to check out the performances by Keith Urban and Maroon 5. Each was made available to the press very briefly, but both acts are excited to be in Arlington and performing near Cowboys Stadium.

"Yeah, it was an amazing time, getting to play in there," Urban said backstage, speaking of his previous Thanksgiving appearance at JerryWorld. He said he wouldn't be in the stadium for the game though, preferring to watch on TV, so "I can see the commercials."

He went first on the NFL Tailgate stage, performing a 45-minute set that was partially broadcast live as part of Fox's pre-game coverage.

Maroon 5, who performed at the DirecTV Super Bowl party in Victory Park on Saturday, were back at it Sunday afternoon. The band, who had a few Steelers and Packers fans lurking on their buses, was likewise glad to be here.

"It's bigger than we are, so it's kind of fun to add to it and be part of the festivities," said frontman Adam Levine backstage. "I've never been to a Super Bowl, so I'm very excited. It's an amazing, bucket list [type] event."

The band ripped through an energetic 45-minute set that drew heavily from its latest album, Hands All Over.

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