It’s The SuperBowl With Bruce Springsteen

Stop the presses. A halftime show with Bruce Springsteen! Next to the late James Brown, Springsteen has to be the hardest-working artist concert artist in pop history.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform at the 2009 Super Bowl halftime show in Tampa, Fla., the NFL and NBC announced Sunday night.

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 2008 Super Bowl show was watched by more than 148 million viewers in the U.S., the NFL said in its release. 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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Paul McCartney’s family fears for his safety

Sir Paul McCartney’s children are said to be “racked with worry” over death threats made against their father.

Mary, Stella, James and step-daughter Heather are all extremely concerned about the former Beatle’s upcoming concert in Israel after he received murderous warnings from Islamic extremist Omar Bakri Muhammad.

The star was branded an “enemy” of all Muslims for his decision to perform in the Jewish country, but 66-year-old Paul has dismissed the threats.

A family source said: “Paul’s family know he’s not the type to back down but that doesn’t stop them being extremely worried about him.

“It’s understood his kids would prefer him not to do the show but they also accept their dad will do what he believes to be right and won’t be scared off.”

The music legend is due to perform at the Friendship First concert, which marks Israel’s 60th anniversary, later this month.

Hate preacher Bakri has revealed there are martyrs prepared to give up their lives in order to kill Paul.

Bakri was quoted as saying: “Our enemy’s friend is our enemy. We have what we call ‘sacrifice’ operatives who will not stand by while he joins in a celebration of their oppressions.

“If he values his life Mr. McCartney must not come to Israel.”

Speaking on a TV show about the possible assassination attempt, Paul said: “I was approached by different political bodies who asked me not to come here. I refused. I do what I think and I have many friends who support Israel.”

BANG! SHOWBIZ via New Zealand Herald