Monday, February 05, 2007

Hope you didn't miss Prince's reign!

The most entertaining part of Super Bowl (other than Rex Grossman performance in the third quarter) was the half time show by Prince.

His show had been hyped for weeks. Here is a copy of a commercial for his appearance that is rather amusing.

During media day, Prince took the podium but instead of answering idiotic journalist's questions, he did three songs and left the stage. He started with a cover of Chuck Berry's Johnny B. Good. Then launched into the obscure anotherloverholenyohead off 1986's Parade than a song I didn't recognize which may mean it is off his upcoming album. Please, enjoy.

But that did nothing to prepare the public for what he did Sunday night. It's not enough to say it was entertaining. It's not enough to say it was the Greatest Performance in the history of Super Bowl half time shows. It was one of the greatest short concerts I have ever seen in my life. It was proof that the musical genius named Prince is back!!!

There was a little hint of Queen's We Will Rock You and then he launched into the first of three songs from his landmark album Purple Rain. Let's Go Crazy started off the festivities. A marching band stomped onto the field to the strains of 1999 and Prince started singing Baby I'm A Star which led to Proud Mary which led into a Jimi Hendrix-ized version of All Along The Watchtower. Then came a cover song I never would have guessed in a million years, the Foo Fighters' The Best Of You. For the finale, he played the appropriate closer Purple Rain. After that I couldn't talk the rest of the night. I was speechless. Please, I implore you, check it out.

Top 5 Prince songs
1. Let's Go Crazy
2. Sexy MF
3. Raspberry Beret
4. Little Red Corvette
5. Dirty Mind

Of course, the elephant in the room when it comes to Super Bowl half time shows is the Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake debacle from two years ago. This performance should finally make people stop talking about it and will now be the standard that all Super Bowl performances should be judged by.

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