People in America and even some parts of the world are glued to their TV screens and monitors to watch this year’s Super Bowl game, but one thing we look forward to every year would have to be the half time performance.
This year, Justin Timberlake took the stage and promised a performance that went back to his roots. He sang and danced to (I feel so tired for him) his chart-topping songs like “Rock Your Body,” “SexyBack,” and “Suit & Tie.”—complete with a marching band dressed in tuxedos. He also sang “Filthy,” the one song he picked from his most recent album. The show was concluded with “Can’t Stop the Feeling.”
The controversial bit would have to be his tribute to Prince. He played on a white grand piano and sang “Until the End of Time” then transitioned to a cover of “I Would Die 4 U.” A big purple curtain came down to show a projection of Prince from “Purple Rain.” The final projection showed Prince’s shadow from his 2007 Super Bowl performance.
Back in 1998 during a magazine interview, Prince said that he had no interest in using high-tech effects that would let him perform with a deceased artist. “That’s the most demonic thing imaginable. Everything is as it is, and it should be. If I was meant to jam with Duke Ellington, we would have lived in the same age.”
“That whole virtual reality thing… it really is demonic,” he continued. “And I am not a demon … To prevent that kind of thing from happening is another reason why I want artistic control.”
Prince’s sister reacted when the rumors of a hologram came out days before the performance saying that they did not approve of anything like it and even spoke to Justin to clarify the issue. But I guess he still didn’t follow.