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Flashback: Who & Springsteen Rock Super Bowl

Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt
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It was three years ago this Super Bowl Sunday (February 7th, 2010), that the Who performed a medley of five of their classic songs at the halftime show during the Super Bowl at Mia mi’s Sun Life Stadium. The band performed a nearly 12-minute set featuring abbreviated versions of “Pinball Wizard,” “Baba O’Riley,” “Who Are You?,” “See Me, Feel Me,” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again.”

Joining the band on stage was their longtime backline featuring Ringo Starr’s son Zak Starkey on drums, John “Rabbit” Bundrick on keyboards, Pino Palladino on bass, and Pete Townshend’s younger brother Simon Townshend on rhythm guitar.

It was four years ago this Super Bowl Sunday (February 1st, 2009) that after years of turning the NFL down flat, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band performed an electrifying four-song medley during the half-time show at the Super Bowl in Tampa. Springsteen and the band — who unlike nearly all the half-time acts in recent memory actually looked as though they were enjoying themselves — were augmented by the Miami Horns on loan from their roadwork with Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes.

Bruce and the band tore through abbreviated versions of “Tenth Avenue Freeze Out,” which in one of the many comical moments in the short set, saw Springsteen’s signature knee slide across the stage land him straight into the cameraman who caught it all on tape — including Springsteen cracking up at the bang-up; “Born To Run” which dropped the “Wendy let me in…” verse; the new “Working On A Dream” backed by the Inaugural Celebration Chorus, who first backed “The Boss” the previous month in Washington, D.C. at the Lincoln Memorial; and finally “Glory Days” with the baseball lyrics replaced with football terms including the no-brainer switch from “speedball” to “Hail Mary.” Springsteen and right-hand man Steve Van Zandt had fun vamping as they brought the song to a close.

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