Hopefully you put down your chicken fingers and turned your television all the way up during the halftime show of Super Bowl XLIII. If you didn’t, you missed a great performance by “The Boss” himself, Bruce Springsteen.
Springsteen and the E-Street Band rocked Raymond James Stadium, as an estimated 100 million viewers watched on television, with a four-song set halftime.
Springsteen opened the show by telling viewers, “I want you to put the chicken fingers down and turn your television all the way up,” before starting the set with “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out.”
“I’m a die-hard Bruce fan. I only watched the Super Bowl to see him. He started with ‘Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out,’ which is my all time favorite song,” Desiree Umosella, sophomore criminology major, said.
Springsteen included in the set his hit songs “Born to Run” and “Glory Days” as he moved and slid around the stage with an energy not often displayed by men approaching 60 years of age.
“He’s just a great performer,” Umosella said.
Springsteen also played his newest song “Working on a Dream,” during which a full choir provided the backup vocals.
After closing his set with “Glory Days” Springsteen became a part of a long Super Bowl tradition. Cabrini students who watched “The Boss” perform were impressed.
John Alex Spotila, junior political science and history major, said, “Bruce was pretty good. This halftime show was a lot better than previous ones. Paul McCartney was lame.”
Conor Trainor, junior human resources major, is from Ireland and watched his first Super Bowl in the states. “I really enjoyed my first Super Bowl experience in America and Bruce’s performance was a big part of that,” Trainor said.
With Sunday’s halftime performance, Springsteen further solidified himself as one of the greatest rock musicians of all time.
“Bruce Springsteen is all over the place. He’s on the cover of Rolling Stone, in the Super Bowl, he’s won multiple Grammys. He’s just a great artist,” Spotila said.
Springsteen showed the world just how great he is at Super Bowl XLIII.