Bruce “The Boss” Springsteen showed the world during the Super Bowl halftime show why it is so difficult to get tickets to his concerts, why his albums still rake in millions, and why his pen is still sought for songs for movie soundtracks. He simply took control of the halftime audience.
No problem. He’s “the Boss.”
It’s been a busy last few weeks for the Boss. Fresh off his win of a Golden Globe Award on January 11for Best Original Song for “The Wrestler,” Bruce Springsteen performed on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial for the “We Are One” Inauguration Concert. Nine days later, on January 27, he released an album with the “E” Street Band, “Working On A Dream,” the 16th studio album of his career. Six days after that he appeared at the Bridgestone Halftime show at Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa, where he rocked an appreciative crowd.
“Step away from the guacamole dip,” he said in his best evangelical voice. “Put down that chicken wing,” he commanded. The he asked, “Is there anybody alive out there?” The crowd ate it up.
The “E” Street Band immediately launched into “Tenth Avenue Freeze-out,” the band’s somewhat autobiographical song. Springsteen worked the crowd, had them singing/shouting along. This led into the Boss’ first Top Forty hit, 1975’s “Born To Run.” Then he performed the first single off the new album, “Working on a Dream,” which has become one of the anthems used by the Obama campaign and transition team. This bled into an energetic “Glory Days,” one of the hits off of his best-selling “Born In The USA” album. He switched up a few lyrics and made one verse of the song about a football player, appropriately enough. (In the original, the story was about a baseball player.)
And just like that, unfortunately, the Boss was done.
But a new album is out, something about which Bruce Springsteen fans can rejoice. It is his first since 2007’s “Magic.” Perhaps it will have the honor of unseating the reigning No. 1 album, “Fearless,” Taylor Swift’s sophomore effort that has spent seven straight weeks at the top of the Billboard 200 (and eight weeks at No. 1 in all).
According to BruceSpringsteen.net, Springsteen will begin a U.S. and European tour beginning on April 1 in San Jose, California. They announced in bold print that the response to ticket sales in Norway and Sweden were so great it crashed the system.
According to the Recording Industry Association of America, the Boss has sold 65 million albums in the United States and over 120 million worldwide.
Bruce Springsteen is also up for two Grammy Awards. They will be presented February 8.
“Super Bowl XLIII,” NBC Television