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Bruce Springsteen on His Super Bowl Slide: Rocker Opens Up in Candid Journal

February 11, 2009 2:51 PM ET

More than a week after his rocking 12-minute set during halftime at this year's Super Bowl, Bruce Springsteen took to his official Website for a play-by-play of the exciting days and moments leading up to performing in front of the largest audience of his life. From figuring out what boots to wear to practicing the now-famous "Springsteen slide" in the rain, Bruce the blogger provides an amusing account of how one prepares for the biggest gig of your life.

"I'm somewhat nervous. It's not the usual pre-show jitters, not 'butterflies,' it's not wardrobe malfunction anticipation anxiety, I'm talking about five minutes to beach landing, 'Right Stuff,' 'Lord Don't Let Me Screw the Pooch in Front of 100 Million People one of the biggest television audiences since dinosaurs first screwed on earth kind of semi-terror,' " Springsteen writes, reminiscing about the moment before the band was called onstage. "I feel like I've just taken a syringe of adrenalin straight to the heart." How Pulp Fiction!

As for Springsteen's slide into America's living rooms, the Jersey rocker writes, "Then the knee slide. Too much adrenalin, a late drop, too much speed, here I come Mike BOOM! And I'm onto his camera, the lens implanted into my chest with one leg off the stage." The whole journal entry is accompanied by candid behind the scenes pictures by Danny Clinch capturing the Super Bowl rehearsals and post-performance comedown (after all that adrenalin, it had to be rough).

Rolling Stone's got photos from Springsteen's big moment, too, and much more in our Super Bowl hub.

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