We’ve all been wondering who would perform at the next Super Bowl Halftime Show. Today we got our answer. The NFL and NBC Sports announced today that Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band will perform at the 2009 Super Bowl halftime show in Tampa, FL.
Press Release: Bruce Springsteen Super Bowl Half Time Show
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND will perform in the BRIDGESTONE SUPER BOWL XLIII HALFTIME SHOW on NBC at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Sunday, February 1, the NFL and NBC announced tonight.
The Super Bowl halftime show is annually the most-watched musical performance. More than 148 million viewers in the U.S. watched last year’s show. The Super Bowl and halftime show will be broadcast worldwide in more than 230 countries and territories.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band join an esteemed list of recent halftime acts that includes the Rolling Stones, U2, Paul McCartney, Prince and Tom Petty, and the Heartbreakers.
The BRIDGESTONE SUPER BOWL XLIII HALFTIME SHOW is an NFL NETWORK PRODUCTION and will be executive produced by Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of WHITE CHERRY ENTERTAINMENT and by DON MISCHER PRODUCTIONS. Don Mischer also will serve as the director.
Super Bowl Halftime History And Why The NFL Prefers Rock N’ Roll Over Pop And Hip-Hop
Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band will continue the Super Bowl’s incredible run of Halftime talent that has recently included Prince, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, U2, and Tom Petty, and the Heartbreakers.
But the Halftime show wasn’t always “event television“. For decades, the game’s Halftime show was made up of local college marching bands and drill teams.
In 1998, Chubby Checker was the first popular musician to perform at Halftime. Then in 1993, Michael Jackson upped the ante and set the standard for the caliber of acts to follow. Of course, his sister Janet Jackson provided the show’s most infamous moment with 2004’s “wardrobe malfunction”. Since then, the league has avoided pop and hip-hop acts and stuck to mostly rock.
Think about that for a second. Dirty old “rock n’ roll” is now safer than pop music!