Bruce Springsteen blew the doors off the Super Bowl halftime show Sunday night, giving the Super Bowl crowd and the millionswatching on TV three high-energy Boss standards -- with the titlesong from his new album wedged in among them for good measure. (- Click here to see photos from Bruce Springsteen's Super Bowl halftime show )
The 59-year-old Springsteen and his E Street Band opened with"Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out," then without pause ripped through"Born To Run" and "Working on a Dream," before winding up theset with "Glory Days."
Springsteen, dressed all in black, came out Sunday night withthe considerable challenge of packing the bombastic energy of oneof his rollicking, three-hour concerts into an abbreviated SuperBowl halftime set.
That turned out to be no problem. He had fireworks, an expansivestage, about 1,000 people on the field and help from a RaymondJames Stadium crowd equipped with small flashlights.
A five-piece horn section helped saxophonist Clarence Clemonsblast out "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out," and a gospel choir came onstage to back Springsteen, his wife and bandmate, Patti Scialfa,and guitarist Steven Van Zandt during "Working on a Dream," thetitle song from his 24th album.
Springsteen is riding a new wave of exposure and popularity,playing for President Barack Obama in Washington before theinauguration, releasing his 24th album this week and winning aGolden Globe award for his song from the Mickey Rourke movie "TheWrestler."
In 1988, Chubby Checker was the first popular musician toperform at halftime, and Michael Jackson raised the bar in 1993.
His sister Janet provided the show's most infamous moment with2004's "wardrobe malfunction."
(- Click here to see photos from Bruce Springsteen's Super Bowl halftime show )