Springsteen ready for Super Bowl performance

01/29/09 Mitch E.Perry
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Rock superstar Bruce Springsteen gave his first formal press conference in 20 years this afternoon.

The New Jersey rocker is in Tampa, where he’ll be performing in front of a huge worldwide television audience this Sunday night at halftime of the Super Bowl.

Speaking to more than a thousand reporters at the Tampa Convention Center, the media center for the Super Bowl this week, Springsteen warned reporters that he wasn’t exactly a football fanatic.

Springsteen is on a particular high right now, he says. Fresh off a Golden Globe win for his single in the Mickey Rourke film The Wrestler, Springsteen has just released his latest studio album, Working on A Dream, called by Rolling Stone his finest album since 1975’s Born To Run. And he’s also fresh from performing before the inauguration of his candidate, Barack Obama, last week in Washington.

Until recent years, halftime entertainment at the Super Bowl was never considered cutting edge. But in recent years, beginning in 2002 with U2, some of what could be considered rock 'n roll royalty, such as the Rolling Stones, Prince and Tom Petty have played at the big game. Springsteen says he never seriously considered such a gig until recently.

Springsteen was flanked by the members of the E Street Band, most of them have been with him for more than three decades. Guitarist Steve Van Zandt has received notoriety in recent years, starring in The Sopranos.

Asked about the song selection for Sunday and at every concert, Springsteen said his nickname, The Boss, should say it all.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band will play for 12 minutes Sunday night at the Super Bowl, at approximately 8 p.m.

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Why wasn't the boss on WMNF?

Did someone think to invite him to appear on WMNF? Given his activist history, he might have been interested!