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Boomer Ballads: Purple Rain. Prince. At the Superbowl. In the Driving Rain. “You all wanna sing tonight? Come ON!”

The morning of Super Bowl XLI, Don Mischer asked Prince if he would be OK to perform in the rain. Prince responded simply, “Can you make it rain harder”?

Prince: “When there’s blood in the sky – red and blue = purple.. purple rain pertains to the end of the world and being with the one you love and letting your faith/god guide you through the purple rain.

I never meant to cause you any sorrow
I never meant to cause you any pain
I only wanted to one time to see you laughing
I only wanted to see you
Laughing in the purple rain

Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
I only wanted to see you
Bathing in the purple rain

For Reference: The Original Video

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  • jwm March 30, 2019, 10:50 AM

    It was almost an accident that I went to see the movie “Purple Rain”. I thought Prince was just some post-disco pop star. Didn’t even come up on my radar. But the movie we thought was playing wasn’t. Purple Rain was, so I said, screw it and paid the three bucks to get into the theater. I came away from the movie a fan. Bought the tape, and played the hell out of it.
    I don’t have the sports gene, and never bother with Superbowl. But I saw this performance, and was absolutely blown away. Hendrix had nothing on this guy. Prince was the Real Deal.



  • theduchessofkitty March 30, 2019, 12:47 PM

    Prince was Generation X’s Jimmy Hendrix.

    In his latter years, he was a committed Jehovah’s Witness. He gave plenty of money to his Kingdom Hall and other JW causes, and even did a rendition of the song “What If You’re Wrong?”, which I have listened – and like. I am very sure his sins have been forgiven and he’s now in the Heavenly Presence, even though JWs don’t believe in going to Heaven once you die.

    May he Rest in Peace.

  • ghostsniper March 30, 2019, 2:49 PM

    “…Prince used 4 different electric guitars…”
    His rig was wireless, 18 volts max. <—–real dangerous, riiiiight
    Prince is the Gen X's Hendrix?
    (Never a fan of Hendrix, I thought his playing was outrageously sloppy.)
    What are you people on? I'm in a buying mood.

  • H March 31, 2019, 5:47 AM

    Hello Project blah-blah-something- safety, thanks for checking in with us, but we really don’t do that here. You need to call Joe Biden’s office for that sort of thing. Adios!

  • Stephanie March 31, 2019, 6:46 AM

    Gen X! Don’t forget about us like that. 😉

  • Stephanie March 31, 2019, 6:57 AM

    I had forgotten about that. Thank you so much Gerard for reminding us.

  • ghostsniper March 31, 2019, 7:24 AM

    project student safety LOL

    How anyone can put prince in the same sentence with hendrix is beyond my pay grade.
    Always thought hendrix was way over rated and his playing was sloppy, but he is oceans above anything that prince could ever imagine. Now to erase that horrendous mental torture I’m gonna spend the next hour or so bending the shit out of 6 side by side wires at volume pressure levels that will threaten the concrete foundation. Let’s rip….

  • Gordon Scott March 31, 2019, 8:38 AM

    Well, hell, Ghost, we disagree on guitarists again. Hendrix was a brilliant talent. But so was Prince Rodgers Nelson. One difference between them was that Prince was the whole package–writer, amazingly good singer, producer, and businessman. His battle with his record company was legendary. “We own the rights to everything Prince records!” “Well, okay. but you don’t own the rights to music that (Glyph) records….”

    I remember that halftime show. I don’t know what I expected. Prince was notoriously prickly. I thought it was likely they would cancel it. Sure, the instruments and mics were wireless. But that stage was electrified in a big way, and it was a very temporary thing designed to go together quickly and come apart quickly. Hey, get a loose circuit and grab that metal mic stand . . . folks have died from that sort of thing.

    He played a hell of a show, in a rainstorm, on a very slick stage, wearing platform shoes. Charm, style and talent. I am not a connoisseur of Super Bowl halftime shows, but I’ve never seen a better one.

  • Old Codger March 31, 2019, 8:40 AM

    Oh…..wow…….how stirring : oft-repeated, very simplistic lyrics sung by a drug-addled midget……
    …..such “art”…..such wonderfulness…………………..NOT!

    Besides, “Party like its 1999” at least had a far catchier tune.

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