Soul legend Aretha Franklin has been added to the line-up for the 4 September (03) show which will kick off the 2003 NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE (NFL) season.

Britney Spears and Mary J Blige will also be on hand for the show, which will take place at the NATIONAL MALL park in Washington DC.

NFL KICKOFF LIVE FROM THE NATIONAL MALL will precede the first NFL game of the year later that evening between the WASHINGTON REDSKINS and NEW YORK JETS at DC's FEDEX FILED.

Franklin will conclude the event with a rendition of the national anthem.

To open last year's (02) season, the NFL staged a similar event in New York's Times Square, with Bon Jovi, Enrique Iglesias, Alicia Keys and Eve performing before a crowd of 500,000.

05/08/2003 21:25