Bruce Springsteen Rocks Super Bowl Halftime Crowd

If Jennifer Hudson kicked off Super Bowl XLIII on a touching note, then Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s halftime show provided a raucous, upbeat release for the eager crowd.

The composed, assured Pittsburgh Steelers had the Arizona Cardinals down 17-7 by the time The Boss took to the halftime stage at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium.

And that’s when Springsteen, wife Patti Scialfa, longtime guitarast Steven Van Zandt and the rest of the band ripped through a high-octane 12-minute performance that included timeless favorites “10th Avenue Freezeout” and “Born To Run.”

Recent Golden Globe winner Bruce then unleashed the new song “Working On a Dream,” the title track from his latest album that was released on Tuesday.

Finally the Tampa stadium was treated to a rowdy performance of “Glory Days” that included fireworks and comical ad-libbing from Springsteen and Van Zandt during an instrumental break.

Bruce recently wowed Washington, D.C., at Barack Obama’s inaugural We Are One concert.

He and the E Street Band will begin a world tour on April 1. The first stop on their trek is in San Jose, California.