The Super Bowl half-time show seems like it was made for big, loud, fist-pumping rock ‘n’ roll anthems. In recent years, U2, the Rolling Stones, Prince and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have fit this bill quite well. But this coming year’s entertainment might just top them all. The wires are reporting that Bruce Springsteen will entertain the nation during the intermission of the game, which is scheduled for Feb. 1 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. The NFL and NBC announced the pick last night. According to the AP:
Last year’s halftime show was watched by more than 148 million viewers in the U.S., the NFL said in its release. It wasn’t always that way: For years, the game’s halftime show was made up of local and and drill teams.
Chubby Checker in 1988 was the first popular musician to perform at halftime, and Michael Jackson upped the ante in 1993. His sister Janet provided the show’s most infamous moment with 2004’s “wardrobe malfunction” — and the show has stuck with straight ahead rock acts ever since.
Booking the Boss for the Super Bowl is pretty much like combing two of the most American things in the history of America, so football fans are sure to be pleased. And even if the Giants don’t make it to Florida, it’s safe to say that Mr. Springsteen will bring a little piece of the Meadowlands with him. U.S.A.!