Five questions with Bruce Springsteen, who will perform at halftime of Super Bowl XLIII:
1. Who decides what songs you'll play?
"Well, I'm the Boss. The Boss decides what we play. Nobody else does. People can hint, beg and cajole, but I decide."
2. Did you ever play football?
"I did play the game in my backyard in the summer of 1958. I'll date myself, but when I think Pittsburgh Steelers, I think Terry Bradshaw."
3. Why do you think you have such a cross-generational appeal?
"Just by sticking around long enough. If you don't die, people get a chance to see you. It's nice. The last two tours we've gone on there's been an influx of young people. It's great. It's exciting to see a lot of young faces in the crowd because we come out and play like we're 16."
4. A lot of people are struggling right now in his economic climate. Do you feel your halftime show is a chance to put a smile on their face?
"Basically, we want it to be a 12-minute party."
5. You've had chances to play the Super Bowl before. Why now?
"Initially, it was sort of a novelty. It didn't quite feel right. But why we said yes this year was because we have a new album out. It just happened to come out this past week. We have our mercenary reasons. But we've made three great records in a row. It was just like, well, this is the year. And (the producers) have moved this from a novelty to being able to do what you do."