Page Six is reporting a much-hyped rumor that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will be performing at Super Bowl XLIII on February 1st. The rumor is unconfirmed, and the source is anonymous, but apparently E Street Band member/former right hand man to Tony Soprano, Little Stevie Van Zandt has reserved the Hard Rock Cafe in Tampa for a Super Bowl party. The Boss, of course, has exactly the kind of massively popular graying rock star appeal that the Super Bowl halftime show has turned to after Nipplegate.
But as Maura Johnston points out, the pool of similar rock stars is declining. Will the recent ruling against the FCC in the Janet Jackson case inspire future programmers to return to using more contemporary musicians? Super Bowl XLIV, after all, will be on CBS, the same network that brought you Janet Jackson in the first place, the one whose corporate overlord also owns MTV.