Prince Performs “Purple Rain” During Downpour | Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show | NFL

Prince Performs “Purple Rain” During Downpour | Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show | NFL


The morning of the game, I opened the curtains in my hotel room, and I was like, “Oh my god, it was like a scene from Moby Dick.” It was, like, the winds were blowing, the palm trees, and the rain was one of those Miami rainstorms that just would not relent. We’re in this truck, sitting behind don Mischer And I remember Don said, um, “Put me on the phone with Prince.” Don says, “Now, I want you know it’s raining,” and Prince [was] like, “Yes, it’s raining.” [Don continued] “And are you okay?” And Prince is like, “Can you make it rain harder?” And I was like, “…Right on.” We were told, “In 40 years, it’s never rained in a Super Bowl. Don’t worry about it.” So… that went well. We were up in a booth at the top of the stadium and the rain is pouring into the booth. It was so windy and rainy, we couldn’t even see. I was just panicked. Prince was using four separate live electric guitars. The stage was made out of a very slick tile which, when it got wet, was even more slippery. He had two Beautiful dancers with him. The twins, okay? They were wearing, I think, 8-inch heels, and I was just saying, “Oh my God. What’s gonna happen now?” Count it That Prince set is so wild. He does other people’s songs; he’s not promoting himself. He’s just making music. It’s profound, and it’s loud, and it’s funky and it’s just one performer, uh, shaking entire world It felt surprising; it felt spontaneous. Whatever script you might have had in your head for, “Okay, here’s what he’s going to do.” He didn’t do that. Musically, it felt very loose. He played big, epic Prince-style guitar solos. Turning the bad weather to his dramatic advantage… it was almost like a special effect. He could totally lean into that and make it seem like, “Sure, it’s raining. Of course it’s— I would have wanted it to rain! Like, I ordered that.” By the time we got to the end of the set, when he did do Purple Rain, that was one of those times where things just worked magically, and there’s nothing you can do but just say, “Thank you.” Come on, y’all! Don’t it feel good? Can I play this guitar? To me, it’s about one guy in the middle of a hundred thousand people and a hundred million people on television, and it’s your moment to be Prince at the Super Bowl and Mother Nature is dropping thousands and thousands of gallons of rain. I always thought [about] how cool the guy is to rise up and just get stormed upon, and just bring what he brought That was so special. Y’all want to sing tonight?

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