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Springsteen revs up for Super Bowl halftime

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  • E Street guitarist Nils Lofgren promises show will be "a very cool thing"
  • He won't say what four songs Springsteen and band will play
  • Jennifer Hudson, Faith Hill also will sing at Super Bowl XLIII Sunday
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By Alan Duke
CNN
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(CNN) -- After 34 years of invitations, the "Boss" finally said yes to the National Football League.

Bruce Springsteen was first asked to play the Super Bowl in 1975, his bandmate says.

Bruce Springsteen was first asked to play the Super Bowl in 1975, his bandmate says.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band headline the Super Bowl XLIII halftime show in Tampa, Florida, on Sunday.

E Street guitarist Nils Lofgren promises it will be "a very cool thing," but would only hint at what four Springsteen songs the band will play.

"One of them has to be 'Born to Run,' but he's got over 400 great songs," Lofgren said.

The song list, in fact, is subject to change "knowing Bruce, since what we do is so improvisational," he said

"We've got the best bandleader in the business and whatever we decide to do, we'll be able to do it well and I'm sure it will be a great ride," he said.

Lofgren said the NFL first asked Springsteen to play at the Super Bowl in 1975, but he declined.

"They keep offering it to him and he keeps turning them down," he said. "So, we were thrilled that he had a change of heart and decided to do it."

Springsteen is taking the E Street Band on tour a world tour beginning April 1 to support the band's latest album, which was released January 27.

The new album -- "Working on a Dream" -- sounds "very fresh and in your face," Lofgren said.

Singer-actress Jennifer Hudson will deliver the National Anthem before the start of Sunday's game, her first public performance since her mother, brother and nephew were found shot to death in October.

Faith Hill will sing "America the Beautiful" during the pregame show at Raymond James Stadium.

The 2009 Super Bowl will be broadcast February 1 in 230 countries and territories, the NFL said. More than 148 million American viewers watched the 2008 game, the NFL said.

CNN's John Lorinc contributed to this report.

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