Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band made the most of their 12 minutes during the Super Bowl XLIII halftime show tonight (Feb. 1) in Tampa, Fla., rocking through the classics "10th Avenue Freeze Out," "Born To Run," "Glory Days" and the new song "Working on a Dream."
"I want you to put the chicken fingers down and turn your television all the way up," Springsteen commanded as the band jumped into the vintage sing-a-long "10th Avenue Freeze Out," which was played at the three-minute running time of its studio version on the album "Born To Run." In live performance, the song is frequently stretched into a 15-minute jam.
With Springsteen and guitarists Steven Van Zandt and Patti Scialfa on a platform in front of the stage, a choir joined the group for "Working on a Dream," the title cut of the new Springsteen album released on Jan. 27.
The set concluded with the "Born in the U.S.A." chestnut "Glory Days," an appropriate Super Bowl choice for its reference to a "hail mary" pass. After the final note sounded, Springsteen shouted, "I'm going to Disneyland!"
The Super Bowl performance capped a Springsteen media blitz tied into "Working on a Dream." The artist also made available a new "Greatest Hits" package exclusively at Wal-Mart, prompting a host of negative comments from fans and observers.
Manager Jon Landau defended the move in a recent Billboard interview, but Springsteen told the New York Times this weekend that the decision was "a mistake."
Springsteen and the E Street Band kick off a world tour April 1 in San Jose, Calif.
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