Springsteen Delivers Promised Halftime Party

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 1, 2009 8:08 PM CST

(Newser) – Bruce Springsteen looked into the camera tonight and told the people watching at home to "put the chicken fingers down and turn the television all the way up!" Then he proceeded to give the Super Bowl crowd and the millions watching on TV three high-energy Boss standards, with the title song from his new album wedged in among them for good measure, the AP reports.

Springsteen, dressed all in black, had fireworks, an expansive stage, and about 1,000 people on the field. A five-piece horn section helped saxophonist Clarence Clemons blast out "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out," and a gospel choir came out for "Working on a Dream." Springsteen is riding a new wave of popularity after releasing his 24th album this week and playing for Barack Obama before his inauguration.