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"The Boss" to play Super Bowl halftime

NEW YORK (AP) - Another Super Bowl, another rock 'n' roll
superstar at halftime.

The NFL and NBC announced that Bruce Springsteen and the E
Street Band will perform at this year's Super Bowl halftime show in
Tampa.

Continuing a run of major talent that has lately included the Rolling Stones, U2, Paul McCartney, Prince and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the biggest television event in the nation will
showcase one of its most beloved rock 'n' roll artists.

The Super Bowl will be played Feb. 1 at Raymond James Stadium.

The NFL says that last year's halftime show was watched by more
than 148 million viewers in the U.S. It wasn't always that way:

For years, the game's halftime show was made up of local and college
marching bands and drill teams.

Chubby Checker in 1988 was the first popular musician to perform
at halftime, and Michael Jackson upped the ante in 1993.

His sister Janet provided the show's most infamous moment with 2004's
"wardrobe malfunction" - and the show has stuck with straight
ahead rock acts ever since.


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