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Super Bowl XLIII: Halftime!

5:27 p.m. - James Harrison as "Born to Run"? That, Bob Costas, is why they pay you the big bucks.

5:24 p.m. - I'm not quite sure what just happened there. He got the obligatory song from the new album in, he ended with his most sporty song, he played the crowd favorite with "Born to Run," and for some reason I'm kind of underwhelmed. Maybe Bruce in concert doesn't work in 12 minutes? Maybe that's why he always plays for three hours?

5:23 p.m. - And with an "I'm going to Disneyland," Bruce is done. That was deeply, deeply weird. Or at least it exists on some level of product placement irony that I'm just not understanding.


5:21 p.m. - I miss "The Sopranos."

5:20 p.m. - "Glory Days." He changes the lyrics from baseball-related to football-related. Or to make it more Wal-Mart palatable, who knows? (Rim shot, sorry.)

5:18 p.m. - Not to get all "American Idol," but that was a little pitchy, Bruce. At least it means he's not lip-syncing. And here's the title track from the new album, "Working On A Dream," complete with choir.

5:14 p.m. - "Born To Run" with more drunken in-crowd camerawork. A great song made greater by fireworks. Who knew?

5:13 p.m. - After telling people to put their chicken fingers down, Bruce & the E Street Band launch into "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out." There's a very, very unchoreographed moment where he destroys the camera dude, and elicits a painful groan from all at the JI Super Bowl party.

5:12 p.m. - He's kind of Bono-ing himself here.

5:11 p.m. - OK, Bruce, when you're on the piano before the first song - what do you do for an ending?

Now is the time for this Jaded Insider to confess that she dressed up as Bruce Springsteen for Halloween in the "Born in the U.S.A." era. She was nine. To say I'm a little excited about the halftime show is an understatement. (And yeah, that Steelers touchdown was off the hook.)

February 1, 2009 in Super Bowl | Permalink


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Underwhelmed? Really? I feel like I need a sedative after that.

Posted by: Mike | Feb 1, 2009 8:43:16 PM

I just wanted to say that I sense some negetivity a little bit, like u excpected something specatactular with the BOSS's performance. Well i would just like to say that considering the fact he was restricted in a twelve minute time frame...he did a damn good job. He gave the BEST halftime show in three years..and I think we shouldnt be overly critical of his comments, Like "im going to disneyland", because he was caught in the moment. Also about the Walmart thing, selling your album exclusively thru Wal mart is the best thing any artist could do look at the EAgles, ACDC Garth Brooks..and then look at guns and roses thru best buy need i say more.. thank you

Posted by: kent | Feb 2, 2009 11:27:19 PM

When I was in my late teens a friend of mine, an elite athlete, gave me the most profound yet simple advice that changed the way I would view myself forever. He told me "You yourself have to think you're great because no one else is going to tell you that you are."

Posted by: tiffany silver | Jan 4, 2010 10:03:09 PM

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