With only 12 minutes of camera time to wow millions watching the Super Bowl, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band unleashed their greatest hits and the Boss’ well-honed stage act to energize this year’s halftime show.
When Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band take the stage Sunday during the Super Bowl halftime show, viewers should prepare to finally hear from a Boss who wants to give them a lifeline of hope instead of one who’s handing out pink slips.
Playing before the biggest audience (live and at home) that they’ll probably ever have, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ performance during the Super Bowl XLII halftime show on Sunday night was as well-rehearsed and executed as the lights and pyrotechnics.
When Tom Petty crooned about all the milestones achieved by a one-hit wonder in his early ’90s single, “Into The Great Wide Open,” he probably didn’t think “rock the Super Bowl” would ever be one of the must-have markers on the road to rock ‘n’ roll greatness. During Super Bowl XLII, Petty will be doing just that.
It wasn’t purple, but the tropical rain that soaked Prince and all of those inside Miami’s Dolphin Stadium on Sunday night was an unintended and probably unwelcome special effect for the Super Bowl Halftime show.