Who cares? Even for people who really love football, Prince became the highlight of the night, giving, in my never-ever humble opinion, the best Super Bowl performance I have ever seen. Period. I dare you to show me one that was better. Say something?
It rained, and I mean poured that night, but Prince looked completely unbothered. The only indication that he might be in slightest bit moved by the downpour, was the scarf on his head, covering his freshly-fried doo. He eventually even tossed that to the side.
Besides the two dancers who looked gorgeously like Beyonce/young Tina Turners, the only other people that were apart of the performance were the FAMU marching band and a background singer for Prince –who’s name I’d love to know, because she was an incredible addition (and good background singers are hard to come by). Prince ripped through several of his hits, and also launched into covers of Tina Turner(READER CORRECTION: Creedence Clearwater Revival-which I knew but the dancer were giving you a Tina Turner effect, and she sang it and made it hers and who remembers CCR?) Bob Dylan, and the Foo Fighters.
Then I heard the opening guitar chords of Purple Rain.
I thought, “No way!” His set had to be nearing the end, and well, it is simply unheard of to close an extravaganza like this, with a ballad (OK. I don’t know how “unheard of it is, but I am making a point, stick with it and stop being a Nelly-Know-It-All!).
Leave it to Prince. He rocked the crowd out with PURPLE RAIN, and had the tens of thousands of fans singing that one riff he does toward the end of the song “Yaaaaayy hooo-hooo-hoo.”
Unfortunately we can’t just stop at a great performance, and let it be just that. We can’t just leave well-enough alone. Some journalist/bloggers started writing a story that’s been picked up a mllion times about how some people thought Prince’s guitar solo behind a blowing curtain looked phallic.
First of all, someone from CBS was quoted and said that they received very few complaints about Prince’s performance. So how did this become a story?
Secondly, for the people with nothing better to do than to watch TV like traffic cops waiting for something to appear sexual to them, I have a question:
HAVE YOU LOOKED AT A F#@%&^**! GUITAR LATELY?????
They’re phallic in and of themselves! And you know what? They’re played at waist-level!
GIVE ME A F$$#@&! BREAK!
Even if he did mean it, so damn what. It lasted about as long as Janet Jackson’s truly accidental wardrobe malfunction–and I don’t think he did, given how completely tame Prince has gotten since his conversion to Jehovah Witness-ism (Are the word police going to come around and tell me witness-ism isn’t a word? That my “i” looks phallic? Perhaps the “m” I typed looks a bit like a mound of breasts?)
Watch the performance on Youtube. Enjoy. OH SORRY. I was going to embed the video from You Tube, but UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP HAS MADE THEM TAKE IT DOWN!
AND THE RECORDING INDUSTRY WONDERS WHY THEY’RE LOSING MONEY? THEY SELL YOU CRAP AND THEN WANT YOU TO NEVER BE ABLE TO SEE AGAIN A REALLY GREAT PERFORMANCE, THAT WAS ON FREE TV ANYWAY.