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]