I have to say I really enjoyed the halftime show. A fantasy of sound and light was promised and that was what BS & E Street delivered. After admonishing us to step back from the chicken fingers and guacamole dip and turn the TV all the way up, they launched into highly edited versions of Tenth Avenue, Born to Run, Working on a Dream (the only one off the new album) and Glory Days. I have always thought Glory Days was one of his best songs lyrically but never could get into the melody much but I think for the first time I really enjoyed the live version. Some edits to suit the occasion: the protagonist was a football player not baseball and the "speedball" was changed to a "Hail Mary". Springsteen has always considered himself primarily an entertainer for the masses and the masses were certainly glued to the TV sunday evening. There was an element of of Hollywood fantasy - Clarence Clemons looked very much like Darth Vader in the black gown thing and when Springsteen, Steve and Patti sang in trio formation also in black (in Glory Days i think it was), they reminded me of the evil trio from Krypton in Superman II.
Diane I hope you are able to catch it again sometime and banish the negative thoughts. The Soul Driver live version is fantastic, but the studio version isnt that great. Will get back on the Working on a Dream album later on and I'd like to hear from Steven too about it if you have heard it.
In the meantime a change of gears, I leave you with Springsteen's spiritual brother from the southern hemisphere Johnny Clegg and These Days. Springsteen could have written this - lyrically and musically.
a few extra horns never hurt anybody - the more the merrier!And since when has Big Man needed a back up section?