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Bruce Springsteen In Non-troversy Over Lip-Synced Super Bowl Half-Time Show

 

Here's one for the lip-synced performance non-troversy file: The Chicago Tribune has a story today that reports that the E-Street Band played to a tape at the Super Bowl half-time show. In fact, the only thing not taped was the Boss' vocals (which is easy to tell since he's out of breath and talks about chicken fingers). The Tribune has quotes from the music supervisor that basically confirms why they'd have the music performed to tape:

“There is no way you can set up a full band in five minutes with microphones, get all the settings right, and expect to get quality sound,” Neuberger said. “The Super Bowl has been doing that for years with virtually all the bands.”
I'm finding it hard to be outraged here, especially given that people would rather hear a good musical performance that was taped early as opposed to a bad musical performance performed live. And the fact that Yo Yo Ma did the same at the inauguration. I'd be more insulted if I actually paid to see the Boss live and he performed to a tape. Then I'd be pissed. But I have no problem with lip-syncing going on during my beer run. [Daily Swarm]
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Bruce Springsteen

haha Enlightening.

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wait, i don't care.

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i thought it was common knowledge. they do this every year with the american anthem and the half time show. i didn't realize there were people who still didn't know both were recorded.

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I tend to forget about the comment section (for some reason).

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I'll remind you. Haha

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If it's recorded, why didn't it sound better?

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bwahaha

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Mburr comment made me laugh. Yes the Boss sang the words and the band they just went through the motions, if it's okay for my wife to do it, it's okay for the E-Street Band.

Jeff Langer

I WAS PART OF THE STAGE CREW HERE IN TAMPA--IT WAS LIVE!!!!
THAT'S WHY WE WERE UNDER SUCH PRESSURE. ALL OTHER HALFTIME SHOWS HAVE HAD SOME PART RECORDED BUT NOT THIS PERFORMANCE. MONITORS, SPEAKS, MIKES --ALL INSTRUMENTS INCLUDING THE BABY GRAND WERE WORKING,

mair

Had to be live as Clarence hit a bum note on the sax. Surely they would have done it over if it was pre-recorded.
Also, Jennifer Husdson's performance had to be live because of her improvisational delivery and bang-on 'lip synch'.

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