PRINCE – ” Super Bowl Half Time Show ” February 4th, 2007 Miami Gardens FL

Posted: February 5, 2021 in MUSIC
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On the morning of February 4th, 2007,The producers woke up that morning and looked out their windows, they feared the worst. A torrential rainstorm had overtaken Miami in the middle of Florida’s dry season and, not only were the Chicago Bears set to face off against the Indianapolis Colts a few hours later, one of the greatest performers on Earth was scheduled to take the stage at halftime. We will be hard-pressed to find a Super Bowl performance as dramatic or breath-taking, as the night the man known for “Purple Rain” used a whole lot of Florida rain to his advantage.

Prince, a music icon who had literally never appeared onstage without high heels on, was set to perform on a slippery tile surface — with not one, but four electric guitars — in the middle of a subtropical downpour. Sitting in a production truck outside the stadium, Super Bowl XLI halftime show producer Don Mischer called Prince to gauge the situation. “I want you to know it’s raining,” he told the star. “Are you okay?”, Then after a moment, to the surprise and excitement of everyone in the vehicle, Prince responded, “Can you make it rain harder?”

Rather than rattling off a long list of his tried and true hits or seizing the opportunity of such a huge national audience to promote a new single, Prince surprised people everywhere by covering a number of other artists’ songs.

So, in addition to “Let’s Go Crazy,” “Baby I’m a Star,” a “1999” interlude, and “Purple Rain,” he performed renditions of Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower,” Creedance Clearwater Revival’s “Proud Mary,” Queen’s “We Will Rock You,” and Foo Fighters’ “Best of You.”

Rising up from the ground, out of the unpronounceable “Love Symbol” that had replaced his name in 1993 amid a spat with Warner Bros., Prince appeared in a bell-bottomed aqua suit with a halfway unbuttoned orange blouse underneath. At the end of Prince’s set, when he finally played “Purple Rain,” a billowing backdrop rose from the ground and created a larger than life silhouette of the artist performing one of the most beloved guitar solos in rock music history.

 in 2015, Billboard named Prince’s 2007 performance the best Super Bowl halftime show of all time.

February 4th, 2007, Miami Gardens, FL Featuring Florida A&M University Marching 100

Setlist: We Will Rock You Let’s Go Crazy Baby, I’m a Star Proud Mary (Creedence Clearwater Revival cover) All Along the Watchtower (Bob Dylan cover) Best of You (Foo Fighters cover) Purple Rain

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