February 2nd, 2009
11:09 AM ET

Still the Boss

Anyone who’s ever seen Bruce Springsteen live knows that he gives fans their money’s worth. The concerts are often marathon affairs, three hours or longer, with Springsteen and the E Street Band leaving every ounce of themselves on stage.

Last night at the Super Bowl the Boss may have had only 12 minutes, but he still gave it his all.

Fans may quibble over his choice of songs -– I was talking to a friend who groaned at the mere thought of “Glory Days,” and I saw one ranking that had “Born in the U.S.A.” at even odds to be played (obviously, nobody from Ronald Reagan on has never listened to the verses) -– but Springsteen played the hell out of them. He even worked in some corny banter with Little Steven Van Zandt. Too bad there wasn’t time for a hushed monologue or two, but when you have 12 minutes, not even full songs survive.

I could have done without the fireworks, but the NFL has to extract its pound of flesh somehow.

What did you think? Up there with the best halftime shows ever? Or a subpar performance from Springsteen & Co.?

- Todd Leopold, CNN.com Entertainment Producer

P.S. As for the ads, my favorites were the NBC house ads (including Alec Baldwin’s Hulu.com spot). Otherwise, I’m getting really tired of all the violence. Isn’t that what the football game is for?

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