He's amazing. Best I've ever seen him. He starts with Tenth Avenue Freezeout. Tune in, don't miss this.

Update: I'm speechless. He's always good, but this just rocked. It also was the happiest halftime show I've ever seen. The adlibs were great. I'm about to watch it again. [More...]

The other songs: Born to Run, Working on a Dream and Glory Days.

"Boss time" indeed.

Update: The reviews are coming in. Bruce soared. Part II here, thanks to SOS in comments.

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    Oh man, do they have to start the game again? (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by ruffian on Sun Feb 01, 2009 at 07:21:03 PM EST
    Bruce is soooo much better than football!

    I agree Jeralyn (5.00 / 0) (#2)
    by ruffian on Sun Feb 01, 2009 at 07:24:44 PM EST
    That was just pure fun. I jumoed up and danced the whole time.

    he hasn't lost any energy (5.00 / 0) (#3)
    by Burned on Sun Feb 01, 2009 at 07:26:19 PM EST
    and man that was some great close up camera work. Too close up when he did that slide.

    Condensed Bruce! I'm exhausted from watching.

    Ha - that was quite a slide. (5.00 / 0) (#5)
    by ruffian on Sun Feb 01, 2009 at 07:28:30 PM EST
    Camera man might have made illegal contact.

    Bruce was incredible! (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by byteb on Sun Feb 01, 2009 at 07:28:53 PM EST
    Great music, great energy...they all looked like they were having fun...best half time show.

    Ever (none / 0) (#8)
    by Burned on Sun Feb 01, 2009 at 07:31:37 PM EST
    I guess. This is my first full one though. I saw bits of Janet Jackson's on the news afterwards.

    I loved Tom Petty last year too (none / 0) (#9)
    by ruffian on Sun Feb 01, 2009 at 07:36:00 PM EST
    I think they should just stick with the straight up rockers. The pop and country stuff doesn't have the same energy, for me anyway.

    At least that is the only way they will keep me watching halftime shows, if they care.


    Best ever? (none / 0) (#10)
    by lobary on Sun Feb 01, 2009 at 07:42:58 PM EST
    Hmmm, I gotta give it to U2 for their incredibly powerful performance in 2002 just four months after 9/11.

    Bruce might get the Silver Medal, but it's close between him and Prince.


    But I've only seen this one (none / 0) (#11)
    by Burned on Sun Feb 01, 2009 at 07:56:22 PM EST
    and really that was by accident because BTD told Jeralyn exactly when it would be on in another thread I was reading.
    So best ever probably forever for me.
    The closest I ever get to football is watching Friday Night Lights when I remember it's on.

    Well in that case (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by lobary on Sun Feb 01, 2009 at 08:01:20 PM EST
    You should watch this when you get a chance.



    Damn. (none / 0) (#14)
    by lobary on Sun Feb 01, 2009 at 08:08:14 PM EST
    I haven't watched that in years and it still brings tears to my eyes.

    I watched it (none / 0) (#19)
    by Burned on Sun Feb 01, 2009 at 08:28:43 PM EST
    It made me cry too, for that day and because it was unimaginably made so very much worse.
    Thanks for the link.

    Bruce was awesome! (5.00 / 0) (#13)
    by NJDem on Sun Feb 01, 2009 at 08:01:50 PM EST
    This Jersey family watching it in Jersey loved it!  Great energy-like watching a concert!  He hasn't aged a bit :)  

    I'm exhausted.... (5.00 / 0) (#16)
    by BS on Sun Feb 01, 2009 at 08:15:35 PM EST
    I have watched the halftime show three times now.  Bloody Brilliant.

    Petty, Prince, and U2 were all fabulous but Bruce was 100% Bruce and NOTHING bests that.  :)

    Best half time show ever (5.00 / 1) (#34)
    by 1980Ford on Sun Feb 01, 2009 at 10:14:09 PM EST
    He rocked! The whole band and show did.

    My audio wasn't so good (none / 0) (#4)
    by andgarden on Sun Feb 01, 2009 at 07:27:47 PM EST
    I'm sure I can catch it somewhere else later.

    I'd put it on you tube (none / 0) (#7)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Feb 01, 2009 at 07:29:00 PM EST
    but they'd just take it down.

    For those that missed the show (none / 0) (#15)
    by DFLer on Sun Feb 01, 2009 at 08:11:02 PM EST
    dvd will be available exclusively at Walmart, where Bruce and the E-street band are currently working on a deal.

    Nonetheless, the greatest show ever.

    I had not heard about that. (5.00 / 1) (#40)
    by ruffian on Mon Feb 02, 2009 at 09:26:32 AM EST
    Very very bad. He should have known better.

    I won't get hat latest Eagles album either, even though I heard it was pretty good, since it is exclusive to Walmart.

    It's not like Bruce or the Eagles need the money. There is just no excuse for it.


    he's said the Walmart deal (none / 0) (#17)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Feb 01, 2009 at 08:19:12 PM EST
    Nonetheless, the deal is in play (5.00 / 1) (#20)
    by DFLer on Sun Feb 01, 2009 at 08:29:53 PM EST
    I also find it disingenuios for him to say he didn't "vet" it properly like they usually do...too busy, in the middle of projects ....Well duh...how much vetting does it take for two words :

    sorry. It's a major bummer, coming from a working class hero. It also empowers Walmart's grip on cd distro.


    hmmm... (none / 0) (#18)
    by mindfulmission on Sun Feb 01, 2009 at 08:25:14 PM EST
    ... I thought he was pretty awful.  

    I'd bet you are in the minority (5.00 / 1) (#21)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Feb 01, 2009 at 08:34:47 PM EST
    but he was GREAT!  Loved the finish with  Stevie Van Zandt

    maybe... (none / 0) (#37)
    by mindfulmission on Mon Feb 02, 2009 at 07:05:19 AM EST
    But everyone I was with thought it was awful too.  And all were pringsteen fans to some extent.

    I think that if you're a Springsteen (none / 0) (#39)
    by Anne on Mon Feb 02, 2009 at 09:07:37 AM EST
    fan, you liked the show; Springsteen just never did anything for me - although I think his lyrics are powerful - so, I thought it was just okay.  He's clearly lost a couple steps in the vocals department, has trouble hitting some of the notes, etc.

    It had a lot of energy and passion - they sure looked like they were having a whale of a good time - I didn't hate it, but I'm just not a Springsteen fan, so it ws just sort of ho-hum for me.

    As a relief from listening to Al Michaels and John Madden, though, it killed!


    It was not as good (none / 0) (#22)
    by Cream City on Sun Feb 01, 2009 at 08:40:43 PM EST
    as seeing him in person -- nonstop for hours.

    Amazing entertainer.  Gotta catch his tour again.

    Jersey (none / 0) (#23)
    by SOS on Sun Feb 01, 2009 at 08:48:04 PM EST
    is known for turning out great musicians.

    Also, (5.00 / 1) (#24)
    by SOS on Sun Feb 01, 2009 at 08:50:23 PM EST
    the phonograph record was invented by Thomas Edison in Menlo Park N.J.

    My Treat (none / 0) (#25)
    by SOS on Sun Feb 01, 2009 at 08:57:09 PM EST
    Faith sang to huh? (none / 0) (#26)
    by SOS on Sun Feb 01, 2009 at 09:01:35 PM EST
    She's good they should have let her do this number to send Bush off.


    my sister and I said (none / 0) (#28)
    by CST on Sun Feb 01, 2009 at 09:21:04 PM EST
    Similar things re. Jennifer Hudson and Obama.

    I almost always hate the national anthem at sporting events b/c it is a very difficult song that most professional singers do not have the voice for.  She nailed it.


    Yes (none / 0) (#29)
    by SOS on Sun Feb 01, 2009 at 09:34:04 PM EST
    she did.

    The U.S.A. is no (none / 0) (#27)
    by SOS on Sun Feb 01, 2009 at 09:13:37 PM EST
    slouch in the Music Department.

    Our greatest gift to the world.... (none / 0) (#41)
    by kdog on Mon Feb 02, 2009 at 11:37:55 AM EST
    is our music.

    although I'm not a huge Springsteen fan (none / 0) (#31)
    by desmoinesdem on Sun Feb 01, 2009 at 09:46:48 PM EST
    one of my first dates with Mr. desmoinesdem was an outdoor Springsteen concert in 1993. Bruce is a truly great live performer.

    An amazing show! (none / 0) (#33)
    by scribe on Sun Feb 01, 2009 at 10:07:45 PM EST
    Bruce is amazing - the energy he has.  I can't believe he'll turn 60 this year.  I saw him back in the 70s and I don't remember him being that energetic then.  He played for hours, but....

    Same Fender with the finish worn down to the bare wood.  I think he's used that his entire career.

    And No LipSynching!

    Big h/t to the crew - remember:  They put that very complicated stage together, got everyone (including a choir of hundreds) in, put on a 12 minute set, and broke it all down.  In 30 minutes.  (I'll bet they're union roadies.)

    Just sayin':  I called the set list (though I had Born to Run out of order), right down to editing down 10th Avenue.

    It's not amazing really (none / 0) (#38)
    by SOS on Mon Feb 02, 2009 at 08:57:35 AM EST
    There are lot's of people his age who can out work and out rock kids in their teens and 20's.

    "It's all "in your head".


    just goes to show (none / 0) (#35)
    by Jeralyn on Mon Feb 02, 2009 at 12:11:30 AM EST
    "pushing 60" ain't what it used to be. :)

    Love Bruce, but what was up with the (none / 0) (#42)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Mon Feb 02, 2009 at 11:45:37 AM EST
    "I'm going to Disneyland" comment?

    I hope it was a joke.