Tuesday, September 30, 2008

the Super Boss, err, Bowl 2009

Announced yesterday on Billboard.com:

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will play the halftime slot at the Super Bowl in Tampa, Fla., snagging the spot at the most-watched musical event of the year, according to the organizers.

This year, more than 148 million viewers in the U.S. watched Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers play at the championship game of American football, the National Football League said yesterday (Sept. 28). Other recent halftime acts have included Prince, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and U2.

The most infamous performer was Janet Jackson, who bared her breast during the 2004 event, triggering a crackdown on televised smut. The Super Bowl will be televised by NBC. Springsteen and the E Street Band recently finished an extensive world tour in support of the 2007 album "Magic."

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