Skip to comments.The 10 Unforgivable Sins Of Bruce Springsteen's Performance At The Super Bowl
Posted on 02/02/2009 7:57:01 AM PST by Lucky9teen
You may find this hard to believe, but I am a Bruce Springsteen fan. I may not come across as someone who would enjoy his music, but from "For You," "Backstreets," "Darkness On The Edge of Town," "The Promise" to "The River," "Nebraska," "Tougher Than The Rest," "I Wish I Were Blind" and "Radio Nowhere," I can find plenty to recommend of the man's music. His new album Working On A Dream, the stillborn title track and "Outlaw Pete" aside, is the best thing he's cut in years.
But that half-time show at the Super Bowl--12 excruciating minutes--puts me in an indefensible position to the people who I've been trying to convert for all these years. Now they'll never listen to me.
Since this is LIST OF THE DAY, I will present to you in list form my reasons for why this was an abomination.
10) Bruce addresses the TV camera and tells everyone to drop the guacamole dip and chicken fingers to join him.
9) He opens with "Tenth Avenue Freezeout."
8) There were too many people on the stage.
7) Bruce had to sneak in the title track to his new album.
6) Bruce sneaks in a gospel choir for two minutes.
5) Bruce changes the reference from baseball to football in "Glory Days."
4) Bruce has a referee come out and declare it "Boss Time."
3) Bruce has apparently joined "Up With People."
2) He sticks poor Clarence on COWBELL.
1) Bruce makes me wish there had been a wardrobe malfunction.
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I’ve never bought a Springsteen album/cassette/cd.
He was subjected to 12 minutes of constant derision at our Super Bowl Party, and yep, we all agreed a ‘wardrobe malfunction’ would have been much much better.
‘Boss Time’ my backside.
As much as I despise his politics...I thought it was a very good performance. The E Street Band are a force to be reckoned with. 12 minutes is not much time to get the crowd in a frenzy...but he did it.
Bruce put out a bad product and the crowd adores him.
Barak puts out bad government and the crowd adores him.
Some people don’t know what they’re gettin’.
He's a joke!
It must kill Lil’ Stevie to have to pretend that Patty Sciaflia can play the guitar.
Springsteen sucks and he is a stooge for Obama. Playing along with Joe Stalin parrot Pete Seeger in unforgiveable. Seeger and his ilk fawned over Stalin as Joe killed millions. Springsteen is a lousy song writer, mindless and repetitive lyrics about being phony working class hero down on the Jersey Shore.
I switched to the half time at the Puppy Bowl. The refs made endless calls for Pittsburgh and did nothing about ejecting Harrison for his thuggish actions.
His fat @ss attempting to skid across the stage on his knees should be added. That was just embarrassing. /facepalm
Its not difficult to get a super bowl crowd into a ‘frenzy’.
As I indicated, I don’t ‘get’ Springsteen, to me he’s an overblown hypocrite, as his deal with Wal Mart, and how he’s handled union roadies throughout his ‘career’ demonstrate conclusively.
If you like wallowing in navel gazing, Springsteen’s the guy for you.
Ahhh....you've never been to a live TV show, have you?
"OK folks, we want a few of you that can really give a good show for the TV viewers; be exciting, and you'll be on camera! Who wants to be on camera?"
I work with media. Some people will do anything to get on camera or meet the stars. When you have thousands to pick from, you will have no trouble getting your frenzied crowds.
So, naturally, they did a shortened version of Born to Run, and put Clarence on cowbell for most of the performance.
Of the songs he did, 10th Ave Freezeout and whatever that new song was....wouldn't even crack his Top 10. Idiot performer, selected by idiots = idiocy.
Somebody actually watches these halftime shows???
Anybody who hates this country as much as he does doesn’t deserve a second of my time. Plus, his voice stinks . . . always did . . . kinda’ like Michael Bolton . . . can’t figure out how he ever earned a dime in the business.
Still can’t imagine why that kind of nonsensical crap is allowed to invade the Super Bowl. Do we insert a football game into the intermissions of rock concerts? Don’t think so.
Between the completely destroyed National Anthem, the pathetic refereeing, and the deplorable half-time show, I’m glad I watched the Puppy Bowl . . . it made more sense.
I have never been a Springsteen fan despite the fact that he came to the fore of Rock music during my HS & college years. I just didn't like the 'sound'.
That said, it was unique. And I would never say that he 'lacked talent'.
An above average bar band from down the shore. That’s it.
Springteens singing had me thinking that William Shatner sang better than Springsteen.
Playing along with Joe Stalin parrot Pete Seeger in unforgiveable......
— am/was a huge Sprigsteen fan..
— refused to watch the super bowl halftime show...
— still holding out hope that Bruce will stop his lefistim
—not holding my breathe
“get the crowd in a frenzy...but he did it.”
Yeah, the camera and sound work sure gave that impression, and the first three rows of the people allowed on the field sure were enthusiastic.
The band should not have worn black, imo.
Bruce’s singing was blurry and the sound crew took pains to bury his vocals in the layers of backup.
He’s joined the ranks of Mick Jagger, Wayne Newton and Aretha Franklin, singers who just can’t sing anymore - give it up.
That's for sure. I had a friend who was a television producer. Anything and more.
Good choice. I love watching that.
That said, his voice has seen better days. Clarence can still play a mean sax, but how dumb was it to make him bang on a cowbell? ...
The only thing I watched was the halftime show.
What, was there a game of some sort?
I don’t get football. I would rather watch bowling than football( and I don’t like bowling) BUT, I’d watch the Superbowl halftime if TED NUGENT played!
You want a ‘tear-em up show’, he’s your man!
Wrong politics, I know...
Springsteen-ugh. Can’t sing-growling and straining ain’t singing in my book, looks almost as beat up as Willie Nelson.
How is the Superbowl ‘entertainment’ chosen anyway?
In our house, we were all screaming “SILVIO!!!”
Springsteen has no voice left (if he ever did) but he is so unknowing about musical talent he doesn’t realize he is nowhere near the notes which make up the numbers.
I wonder if he has a multiple polyp problem? /sarc
Why didn’t he team up with the Jonas Brothers?
Which crowd? The paid one on the field, or the one in the stands?
I was watching another channel for most of the halftime show, but I tuned in toward the end, when the crowd we could hear was “in a frenzy”.
I looked closely, and I didn’t see much movement from the crowd in the stands, not compared with the movement by the crowd on the field.
I expected to see Conan O’Brien onstage with the E-Streeters; practically his whole band was there.
#1: showing up.
Except for him singing with his eyes closed and looking slightly surprised to see an audience when he opened them, I didn’t think he was too awful last night.
Cowbell was appropriate considering the BS halftime.
Can't spell Bruce Springsteen without BS.
Who is the idiot responsible for booking halftime and National Anthem acts?
Thank you God for inventing the "mute" button.
1: He just shut up and sang. No praise Osama comments like someone else did.
My sentiments exactly.
I turned the sound off at halftime and read a book.
I’ve seen Ted Nugent recently. He’s showing his age, too.
My 12 year old niece asked me “why didn’t they get someone good”, followed by “why did they pick an old guy?” and topped it all off with “look, all that jumping around made him so out of breath he can’t even finish his notes”. I was laughing so hard beer went up my nose...
Reason 11: He treats soldiers like sh!t.
I know, personal experience when guarding Fort Monmouth after 9/11 and Bruce and crew were using the Pruden Auditorium to rehearse for “The Rising” tour.
DON’T YOU KNOW WHO I AM???
Just Another Celebutard Idiot.
To which my response would be: "Yeah, the same old no-talent prick you've always been."
Well, that’s depressing!
I’d still rather Ted than Springsteen.
I remember the first time I ever heard of Bruce Springsteen. It was because he had accomplished a first in public relations/marketing by having his photo appear on the cover of Time and Newsweek magazine in the same week.
You mean you didn’t include the fact that he said “I’m going to DisneyLand” to top your list? Talk about a sell out. Surprised he wasn’t wearing a Cheeto’s hat.
We shut the TV off during halftime to avoid listening to another voice for Hussein.
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