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The Prince Super Bowl Halftime Show Was Another Level Of Genius

The Prince Super Bowl Halftime Show Was Another Level Of Genius
By Donny Mahoney Updated

Prince - fucking Prince - is gone. Purple becomes black. Back in 2007, he played the halftime show of the utterly forgettable Super Bowl between the Indianapolis Colts and the Chicago Bears. There's not a massive overlap between Prince and the NFL community, but in Miami, Florida, Prince gave America a performance it didn't deserve. The Prince Super Bowl halftime show is up there with U2 in 2002 as one of the best ever Super Bowl halftime show. Amid a small hurricane - the first time it ever rained at a Super Bowl - Prince and his band played live (four very dangerous electric guitars were plugged in) and tore into 'We Will Rock You, 'Let's Go Crazy' , 'Baby I'm A Star' 'Along The Watchtower', 'Best of You' and 'Purple Rain'. That's right: Queen, Hendrix and the Foo Fighters, plus three Prince bangers. No lip sync bullshit. No backing track. Just a man, his band and his doorag.

Sadly the most evil entity on earth, the NFL, own this footage. The only HD-quality document of that performance comes to us via an 8-minute featurette, which you can watch here.

Here's the first notes of 'All Along The Watchtower'.

A grainy VHS-style version is the only complete record we have of the performance.

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A grainier version of Purple Rain is below. Hopefully the NFL will do the world a service and post the whole video sometime tonight

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