Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform during the Super Bowl halftime show on February 1st, 2009, in Tampa, Florida. You can read more below, see photos, and watch a classic Springsteen video!

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If Super Bowl XLIII between the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers isn’t very good, and the commercials turn out to be duds, then at least the half time show will be fun because Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are playing the 12-minute gig.

Last week, Bruce performed at The One’s inaugural celebration at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

“It was a good warm-up for this,” Springsteen said. “We’ll have a lot of crazy football fans, but you won’t have Lincoln staring over your shoulder. So that takes some of the pressure off.”

Offered the Super Bowl halftime show many times, The Boss has always been unwilling to perform there because he felt it was ‘sort of a novelty.’ But now, it seems, he has had a change of heart…

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, who have a new album coming out, will now join a pretty awesome list of recent halftime acts that includes the Rolling Stones, U2, Paul McCartney, Prince and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

The Super Bowl halftime show is annually the most-watched musical performance every year. More than 148 million viewers in the United States watched last year’s show. This season’s Super Bowl will be played in Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Feb. 1. The halftime show will be broadcast worldwide in more than 230 countries and territories.

Other entertainment at Super Bowl 2009 includes Oscar-winning actress and singer Jennifer Hudson singing our national anthem and Grammy Award-winning country singer Faith Hill singing ‘America the Beautiful.’

So really now. Who could possibly turn down an opportunity to play for an audience that big, even if it’s just for just 12 minutes?

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