The newest British take-over

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla — There’s no doubt about it, it’s a true Brit-fest here at XLIV.

As Frank Tadych noted earlier on, Tailgate 2010 is definitely the ultimate party. My pregame travels just happened to take me into this amazing Aladdin’s cave of festivities and, sure enough, it kicked things up several thousand notches into an eye-opening concoction of food, beverage, live music and fun, fun, fun.

Having just caught the end of Daughtry’s rockin’ set (and boy, can he break out a great riff or three — makes me feel like a teenager again, which is no small feat!), I hung around for the “headline” performance as I just happen to be the requisite age to enjoy veteran British singer-songwriter Steve Winwood.

The former Traffic and Spencer Davis Group member is definitely someone more from my era and I would have happily paid good money just to catch some of his set.

Starting with the SDG’s “I’m A Man,” he followed up with the classic “Higher Love.” At which point it was time to complete my external wanderings and remember what I was actually here for.

But, with The Who still to come at halftime, it is definitely a question of a Brit Of All Right …

Simon Veness

(U.S.-based British writer Simon Veness has infiltrated the ranks of NFL.com for Super Bowl week with his transatlantic take on events.)

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