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Springsteen to rock the Super Bowl

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 11th 2008 12:39PM
SpringsteenWhen the Super Bowl first began, halftime shows consisted of marching bands and the occasional big name performer for a song or two. Carol Channing actually did two halftimes -- 1970 and 1972! Well, times have changed and so have the expectations.

The 2009 Super Bowl in Tampa reportedly has landed Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band to anchor the Super Bowl halftime show. It'll be The Boss's first time performing for the NFL's biggest show.

One thing we can count on with Springsteen, there'll be no wardrobe malfunctions. Even if Little Steven whips off his bandana, the censors won't care. Ever since Justin Timberlake ripped the top off Janet Jackson and got a chunk of bra to go with it, revealing her breast to the ogling TV audience, the networks have been careful to keep the halftime shows purely musical.

There was little chance of violating network standards and practices with the likes of rock 'n rollers Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Prince. Springsteen is definitely of the same stature as those four (perhaps higher to some), and he can be counted on to put on a great show. In fact, the only problem with Springsteen is that he likes to do long shows. He's been known to stay on stage for hours, singing and playing for his fans beyond the concert set. For the Super Bowl, he'll probably only have time for three songs. I'm betting that "Born in the U.S.A." will be one of them for sure.

NBC will be broadcasting the Super Bowl on February 1, 2009. There'll be an extensive pre-game show knowing the network, and we know that there'll be a one-hour The Office special after the game as well as Springsteen. If the game is as good as last year's New York Giants-New England Patriots battle, it'll be a great night of TV viewing.

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Rex from Ars

Great - another over-the-hill rock dinosaur to "entertain" us. I guess I'll be hitting the head and the buffet instead of watching lame-ass New Jersey rock.

August 11 2008 at 4:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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ac

Since when is someone who is middle aged, has a huge following, still makes hit albums, and picks up more fans as time goes by a dinosaur? Im glad they're going with Bruce instead of the flavor of the month.

August 11 2008 at 4:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
greg

Do you really think an anti-war song like Born in the USA, which is a sarcastic cry from a veteran who has nothing left to live for, will be played? Are you Ronald Reagan?

August 11 2008 at 2:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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BDUB

You are right on... "Born to Run" maybe but he will not be playing "Born in the USA"

August 11 2008 at 2:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Paul

I wonder if they begged Page, Plant, Jones & Bonham to appear.

August 11 2008 at 1:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Ari

You know Bonham died like 30 years ago, right?

August 11 2008 at 3:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Paul

Jason Bonham. I wouldn't've mentioned it had they not reformed last year with him.

August 12 2008 at 11:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Justin

Prince, Tom Petty and now Bruce Springsteen? They are on a roll. I may like a lot of indie and noise music but even I can say that trotting out older rockers in favor of modern pop stars is the way to go--with or without nipplegate.

August 11 2008 at 12:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BDUB

HELL YA! What great news to start my day.

August 11 2008 at 12:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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