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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  1. Watching this live, I felt like I was in the truman show, everyone was like, NO WAY, NO WAY! It felt we were all floating watching him, absolutely devastated he's gone so soon.


  3. In the dictionary, under the word “professional,” is a picture of this performance. Consummate professional. I remember watching this on TV and being absolutely astonished.

  4. That what the night halftime shows peaked, no one above and no one next to, and it seems like NFL has just given up now

  5. I remember first words I said when he started this show was.

    A real artist back on stage at super bowl halftime. Best halftime show I have ever seen

  6. The world is a poorer place without him but things like this will live on and his music too for generations to come.

  7. What a talent, what an entertainer. I didn't appreciate him when he was alive, and I'm sorry for that. such Talent is not around these days and will never come again, as humanity becomes more and more enslaved and imprisoned by technology. Rest in peace prints and thank you.

  8. Then after the supebowl Prince invited us all back to his house and challenged all us to a game of basketball…Then he made us pancakes!

  9. It was pretty cool. So talented. Perfect timing too when it rain on a person that made the music Purple Rain as an international icon for decades. It can't be more perfect than that.

    I can't believe people claim singers these days talented just because they use auto tunes & can't even play 1 instrument. Prince can play 27 instruments kids. Not 27 different smart phones

  10. The icon the legend. He’s still so captivating & in the category of such icons as Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, and so many many more greats that have passed on & those still living as living legends. He commanded an arena. And we all listened.

  11. 💜💜💜The universe and his talent came together synchronistically and made this a most perfect point in time and space💜🌹💜

  12. #GOAT he didn’t care about the danger if he was gonna go out it was gonna be with his guitars and music in hand!! And he played other artists songs that was the beauty of it all!!!! #Jimi #FooFighters too AMAZING

  13. Who is that idiot at 2:32 saying the dancers were wearing 8 inch heels? They'd be lucky if all 4 shoes (2 dancers with two feet each for those in the slow lane!) added up to 8 inches!! Where do they get these people?

  14. 'rich man does thier job in rain' SAINT praise coverage and a shittty promo like this….

    'farmer works in rain' meh

  15. This why Superbowls halftime shows have sucked ever since! You can't follow in that man's wake! You aren't going to beat that…lol

  16. What Prince did was profound. Selfless. He opens with his, then does a classic rock for a directed audience, then a more modern tune for the younger audience, then wraps it up in perfect fashion(in the rain) with Purple Rain. This will always be. The Best Halftime Show Ever….

  17. Are there any young musicians coming up that can play many instruments, embody a true soulful sound, and have a funky enough rhythm to make you wanna get up and dance and just feel good?

  18. This is/was just MARVELOUS!!!! People can say whatever they want, but I believe, you can not be this level of greatness if not ORDAINED by
    THE ALMIGHTY CREATOR!!! 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾

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