Posted in music | video on February 2, 2009

Bruce Springsteen

The Boss had promised "the last 12 minutes of a three-hour show," and he delivered, starting at fever pitch and turning up the power from there. He did not really need the searchlights and the fireworks with his stalwart New Jersey troops behind him, but the extra power of 70,000 voices singing along did not hurt.

10th Avenue Freeze Out was almost a low-key opener, but once Springteen had strapped in his trademark Telecaster for Born To Run, the momentum was unstoppable. Working On A Dream, the title track of the new CD, was a nod to his stated reason for finally agreeing to do the show - "We've got a new album out" as he admitted last week - but a gospel choir and a stadium full of fans waving flashlights made it feel like an instant anthem anyway.

It was already a hard act for the Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers' second half to follow, but the big question remained - what would be the finale? Surely not Born In The USA, an anti-war song despite its apparently patriotic chorus? No, it was Glory Days, an absolute stormer even if its message is downbeat, not that anyone in the stadium or onstage seemed to care. Glory Days, yeah they'll pass you by - was that directed at Kurt Warner of the Cardinals or Ben Roethlisberger of the Steelers? [Times Online]

Tickets for Bruce Springsteen's 2009 tour go on sale Monday, February 2nd, at 9:00 (Nassau Coliseum & Izod Center) and 10:00 AM (XL Center).

Tickets also go on sale Monday morning for Flight of the Conchords shows.

Tickets went on sale Sunday for the Paul Simon shows at Beacon Theater.

Video of the Superbowl halftime show, the guy almost dropping the guitar, and Bruce sliding into the camera included, below...

Superbowl XLIII (43) halftime show Bruce Springsteen (part 1 of 2)

Bruce Springsteen Hits Camera

Bruce Springsteen Superbowl halftime Show 2009 Part 2

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Comments (110)

hipster.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 12:27 AM

hes the boss.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 12:28 AM

any bruce password? bros?

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 12:48 AM

lame

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 1:08 AM

Lame? That was great.

Posted by BK | February 2, 2009 1:13 AM

i still can't believe he banged the camera with his nuts.

Posted by imkoreansowhat | February 2, 2009 1:23 AM

Nice one man- you have to respect dude.
I am happy BV gets it.

Posted by HappyParts | February 2, 2009 1:33 AM

great moment when bruce slid into the camera and instead of cutting to anther cam, the picture went black until bruce backed away.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 1:51 AM

I watched until he banged it with his nuts, but after that, the whole Superbowl felt like it went downhill.

Posted by Taste Your Maker | February 2, 2009 1:51 AM

he's really not the boss

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 1:54 AM

Bruce is awesome. Fuck off you hipsters that hate on him...just go snort coke and listen to shit.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 3:06 AM

Then who's the boss?

Posted by Tony Danza | February 2, 2009 3:09 AM

Rick Ross

Posted by mattycakes | February 2, 2009 4:00 AM

that was great!! Now I regret being the only person in the US who didn't see this live!

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 4:18 AM

Springsteen Rules! If it weren't for him, there wouldn't be half of these shitty bands all you hipsters love so much. If like The Fucking Hold Steady and Not Bruce you're pretty much an asshole! Best half time show ever!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 4:42 AM

It felt like I was at the senior center watching a bunch of washed up guys singing oldies.

Posted by MKN | February 2, 2009 7:22 AM

Who fucking Cares

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 7:48 AM

bring back Up with People!

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 8:09 AM

Tony Danza is the boss.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 8:17 AM

I thought the superbowl show was kinda weak. he sounded tired and boring.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 8:23 AM

fail-boring music overrated by wage slaves

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 8:28 AM

Bruce dominated. Talk about a bombastic fireball of energy. The guys sounded incredible and Bruce has a stage presence that is unparalleled. Its impossible to believe that he's almost 60,

Posted by Colie Brice | February 2, 2009 8:54 AM

or is Judith Light the boss?

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 8:57 AM

The Steelers smoked the Cardinals like Michael Phelps

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 9:02 AM

BeeVee

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 9:03 AM

Arizona got smoked like Phelps' bong!

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 9:03 AM

Angela, Samanta, Mona, Jonaton!

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 9:05 AM

awful. i didn't realize that he could ham it up like that. did they really need to have fireworks going off every 15 seconds?

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 9:12 AM

winning by 4 points doesn't qualify for "smoking" a team.

BV readers: not the brightest when it comes to sports topics.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 9:12 AM

Maybe they thought they were watching futbol (soccer) not football.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 9:15 AM

agreed 912 (1st one). it felt like we were watching Bono & the E-Street Band

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 9:19 AM

Just got GA tix for Bruce in Jersey.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 9:19 AM

ich liebe den bruce!

Posted by damnIhatecavs | February 2, 2009 9:26 AM

The Cardinals didn't get smoked but it worked in with the Phelps joke

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 9:32 AM

lame

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 9:41 AM

"I want you to put the Chicken Fingers DOWWWWWWNNN"

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 10:00 AM

fake proletariat schmuck.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 10:06 AM

How long 'til he adds more dates?

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 10:07 AM

Not much room in the schedule before Europe tour...At keast for NJ

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 10:09 AM

Springsteen wishes he was more like Billy Bragg!

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 10:09 AM

Just like I predicted, he played Tenth Avenue Freeze Out, Born To Run, Working On A Dream and Glory Days.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 10:12 AM

at least for NJ I meant!

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 10:17 AM

Bruce > you

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 10:31 AM

"Not much room in the schedule before Europe tour...At least for NJ" ...

Eh ... how about May 20th, 22nd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th or 28th?

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 10:41 AM

All stage production stuff usually gets shipped to Europe by Boat thius a week or so is needed leeway generally for production shipments. I used to work on stage production back a few years ago.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 10:49 AM

Douche Springsteen.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 10:49 AM

screw this, where are the U2 dates?

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 10:51 AM

May 20 and 22nd might work depending on the Nets Schedule...

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 10:53 AM

I was really disappointed by Bruce on this one, country is in a depression, people losing jobs left and right and he came like it was all honky dory. Not to mention all the militaristic jingoism bullshit that went with this game, it was like a freaking military parade out of Soviets back in 70s, Brezhnev would have been impressed.

Goddamit america dont you realize rest of the world is watching and shaking their heads? All the people in the middle east (and lot of rest of the world) are probably saying those planes on the flyover forgot to drop their bombs. It makes me ashamed to be an american.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 11:04 AM

Umm.. the Superbowl is never a serious event. It is always a spectical so with that fact so are the half time performers. It is meant to be a ridiculous specticle. BTW no one in the Middle East gives a crap about the superbowl.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 11:12 AM

The middle east DOES read BV

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 11:22 AM

"Spectical" and "specticle" in the same post. Awesum.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 11:25 AM

Bruce should have done Ghoast of Tom Joad, or Mary McGrath, instead he went with Glory Days, just saying looked to me like Bruce didnt care as long as he took a paycheck and got to promote the tour. It pains me to say this but thats the way I see it.

as to the other issue, so every time we have a sporting event it has to turn into a military display? It was one of the most ridiculous things I've ever seen.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 11:29 AM

Actually I think Bruce and this Superbowl were perfect for the moment. I don't know what you were expecting from Bruce, but he's always been a working-class hero. And that 100-yard run was inspirational! That's the kind of miracle a lot of people in this country (and the world) need for themselves right now. And the Steelers won!

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 11:30 AM

i liked how he rammed his testacals into that camera

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 11:36 AM

Yeah that was nuts!

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 11:43 AM

He should've done Badlands, Atlantic City, Downbound Train, and Darkness on the Edge of Town.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 11:47 AM

11:04 wants everyone to feel guilty and hate themselves.


WAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!

Posted by boo-hoo-hoo! | February 2, 2009 11:55 AM

He should've played "Philadelphia," that shit kills

Posted by Dilworth | February 2, 2009 12:00 PM

hack

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 12:09 PM

>testacals

this reads more like a mexican beer than, uh, springsteen's balls

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 12:18 PM

that soul patch is sooo tom waits.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 12:25 PM

NEIL YOUNG > bruce springstein

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 12:28 PM

Springsteen= 10 Neil Young's

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 12:35 PM

neil young = springsteen
aren't they both awesome?

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 12:41 PM

what, no "Reno"?

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 12:42 PM

No....Neil Young is def > Bruce Springsteen


Neil never sold out, the boss sold out in 1985 and never looked back

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 12:44 PM

Video is no longer available, ugh.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 12:48 PM

Umm Neil Young sold out in the 80's with that Pepsi commercial! This notes for you...you know the one.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 12:55 PM

I'm kidding...bout the Pepsi thing...

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 12:57 PM

Neil Young never sold out. Pearl Jam never sold out. Bruce- sold out. and I am not going to his spring tour just because of this.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 1:04 PM

i think the naysayers are right. they should have went with somebody like bonnie prince billy or justin vernon. that way everyone on the field could have sat in circles and touched each other's hot dogs.

the boss was EPIC

(Pearl Jam? Really? who are you?)

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 1:24 PM

Billy Bragg would have have been a good choice.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 1:32 PM

i hope when i'm 90 i can move like that.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 1:58 PM

11:04 - You're a loser.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 2:07 PM

Neil Young, Springsteen and Pearl Jam are all awesome. why do people feel the need to insult another band in proving that one is good.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 2:30 PM

Fucked Up will be next year’s halftime performers.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 2:34 PM

Paul McCartney singing "A Hard Day's Night" with Terry Bradshaw... now THAT was super bowl entertainment.

anybody who thinks Neil Young never sold out isn't paying attention. ever heard of Crosby Stills & Nash?

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 2:35 PM

There's Good Bruce and Evil Bruce. They are two sides of the same coin. Last night Evil Bruce won. (He's been winning quite steadily since the mid-80's. But glimmers of Good Bruce can still be seen every now and then.)

Name me a better 1978 album than Darkness on the Edge of Town. (No, Chairs Missing, Public Image or Q: Are We Not Men are not it. Neither are Street Hassle, Love Bites, or Road to Ruin.)

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 4:09 PM

You think Neil Young sold out with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young? Neil walked out on them countless times to do his own thing and work with Crazy Horse. He LOVES Crosby but always felt Stills was a MAJOR dick ever since their days in Buffalo Springfield. Shit, Neil quit that band because of Stills power struggle.

The Boss is a sellout. Big time. Tunnel of Love? Secret Garden? Gimme a break.

Atleast that track 'The Wrestler' is awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 4:21 PM

4:21 I totally agree. The one thing you could never call Neil Young is a sell out. Remember when he signed with Geffen in the early 80s? They thought they were gonna get heart of gold era Neil, that got uncommercial Neil and they took him to court and sued him for it.

The eventually settled.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 4:46 PM

next year's super bowl is totally gonna be Fleetwood Mac. They have a new album coming out late summer and everything.


GO YOUR OWN WAY!

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 4:50 PM

I don't want to be your friend....I just wanna be your lover.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 5:13 PM

Tom Petty > Springsteen

Heartbreakers > E Street Band

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 5:39 PM

Best moment was that knee touch to start off 10th Avenue Freeze-Out. What a performer!! Bruce is god but in my heart of hearts I don't think he reached his peak energy levels. And my heart of hearts never lies to an internet message board.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 6:15 PM

where was nils lofgren?

Posted by gay twang | February 2, 2009 6:31 PM

super lame

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 6:47 PM

Noel Gallagher > 10 Bruce Springsteens

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 7:15 PM

17 Bruce Springsteens = 29 Bruce Springsteens

Posted by Samantha the Hamster | February 2, 2009 7:36 PM

Next year it's gonna be Devendra on that stage.

Posted by Samantha the Hamster | February 2, 2009 7:37 PM

Sorry folks, Fleetwood Mac is next year.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 8:09 PM

Amazing how everyone's focusing on his sliding blunder but seems to have missed his BLOOPER at the end. "I'm going to DisneyLAND!" Seriously, he's about 50 miles from DISNEYWORLD and says DisneyLAND which is in CA! Come on! Even the Steelers got it right!

Posted by Dawn | February 2, 2009 8:47 PM

Neil Young would have named the right Disney playground.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 8:49 PM

> where was nils lofgren?

he was there, somewhere amongst the four other guitar players


also, if springsteen is a sell out, then so's neil young. you can't be as popular as both of them are without selling out, at least to a degree.


that said, neither of them should have to apologize for any of it.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 8:53 PM

Kasabian's Super Bowl setlist for 2010

1. Shoot The Runner
2. Club Foot
3. Fast Fuse
4. L.S.F.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 9:02 PM

I AM the boss to all you bitches!!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 9:14 PM

"Springsteen (etc.) sold out"
doesn't matter because he always blew

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 9:23 PM

500 Noel Gallagher's=Not worth the hair on Springsteen's knuckles.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2009 10:53 PM

Flight of the Conchords should play the super bowl half....

1. A Kiss Is Not a Contract
2. I'm Not Crying It's Just Raining On My Face
3. Robots
4. Bowie (Joined in by David Bowie)

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2009 6:41 AM

"Bruce Springsteen sucks" - Neil Young

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2009 7:49 AM

never said that

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2009 9:13 AM

I think he said that right before the start of the 3rd quarter.

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2009 9:38 AM

It is hard to imagine who is more lame....Bon Jovi or Springsteen?

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2009 9:59 AM

He should have played Secret Garden with the lame Jerry McGuire quotes in it.

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2009 10:13 AM

"Bruce Springsteen sucks." - Bob Dylan

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2009 10:33 AM

Don't be such morons, Daft Punk will play the halftime show next year!!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2009 3:19 PM

no, no, no - ever-so-seductive Mona is the Boss, not Bruce or Tony Danza.

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2009 3:36 PM

Springsteen (possibly the greatest showman of all time) won the Super Bowl. Anybody who didn't get that must have some kind of guacamole-drooling, chicken-wing-sucking attention-deficit disorder. The only interesting thing in any of the pre-game content was when AZ’s Warner said how hard it had been to learn that he should throw to Larry Fitzgerald even when Fitzgerald was covered. AZ fans should hope Warner returns next year, but only if he can shed the fear when it counts. The Steelers are the champs because they are one tough bunch, but they were losing the game with only a couple of minutes to go. Fitzgerald can out-jump anyone in the NFL (or even the NBA. Face it; he can out-jump Michael Jordan). When he comes down with it, he fights better than anyone in the NFL and can then out-run anyone in the NFL. Kurt Warner spent the first half of the game in fear of becoming known as the guy who lost the Super Bowl because of interceptions. That fear drove out the education. If he had just remembered to keep throwing in the general direction of Fitzgerald, too high for a human being to be able to catch or intercept, Fitzgerald would have done the rest and AZ would have gone into the second half with a lead from which even the Steelers could not have recovered. Warner did not, however, find the courage for that until the second half, when desperation finally overcame fear, by which time AZ could stage a comeback, but not a win. There was only one way AZ ever could have won. The Steelers are simply WAY too strong for an opposing team to not use its best asset. Of course, neither the Steelers nor the Cardinals are anywhere near as good at football as Bruce Springsteen and The E-Street Band are at music. Springsteen won the Super Bowl.

Posted by danwader | February 9, 2009 2:18 AM

Best Super Bowl performance ever

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