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Posted: Thursday, January 29, 2009 4:25 pm | Updated: 12:43 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

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."

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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."

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