An intimate look into the mind of one of rock's great legends before the biggest gig of his career, Working on a Dream: Bruce Springsteen's Super Bowl Journal is based on the musician's online Super Bowl Journal and takes you into the locker rooms of Raymond James, band rehearsal tents, Bruce's trailer, and obviously right into this thought process as well (Springsteen refers to his feelings five minutes before showtime as "Lord Don't Let Me Screw the Pooch in Front of 100 Million People anticipation anxiety). Even if you're not an E Street tramp, this behind-the-scenes special is enjoyable for anyone who likes popular music or high stakes football.
The 60-minute NFL network special is narrated by the Boss himself as he describes how important the Super Bowl performance is and why he finally agreed to do it after years of declining. Bruce notes that the crew who built his stage in under five minutes did so with military precision, something I can attest to. Our master-in-command was a wonderful gentlemen called Cap, as in Captain. With experience, patience and a solid work ethic, he trained a group of strangers and turned us into a single unit. Hearing the compliment from the Boss made my amazing experience even better.
If you missed the Super Bowl in February, this special includes basically all of Bruce's halftime spectacular so you'll be up to date. As he described it, the half time show was basically what you would get if you were on your way to a Bruce show and arrived two-and-a-half hours late and only saw the end of the encores. All the blood, sweat, and tears shed would be obvious and you'll still feel the power and righteousness of the legendary E Street band.
Working on a Dream: Bruce Springsteen's Super Bowl Journal airs tonight at 8 p.m. on the NFL Network. Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band return to Tampa this Saturday, September 12, and play Ford Amphitheatre. Check Ticketmaster if you want to join the Rabid One and his tramps at the show. I'll be doing updates throughout the day on my Twitter feed.
On a personal note I'd like to thank Cap Spence, Elayne Lesko, Val and Kayla Reynolds, Matt Palancia, Jack Wampler, Rhonda Agliano, Rebecca and David, and the rest of the Super Bowl Productions team for a once in a lifetime experience.