News • February 2, 2009
Busting the Super Bowl in Half
Nearly 40 years before, manager Mike Appel pushed for Bruce Springsteen to play the Super Bowl. At the time, the idea was laughable; soon enough, however, the NFL comes courting Bruce. After Bruce performs at Barack Obama’s inaugural celebration, Appel’s dream becomes a reality, as Springsteen brings his E Street Band to the Super Bowl half-time show. Compressing the excitement of a three-hour E Street Band show into 12 minutes is the challenge, and with a non-stop house party that includes “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out,” “Born to Run,” the new “Working on a Dream,” and “Glory Days” (as well as an infamous knee-slide), they pull it off.