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Prince brings down the house at the Super Bowl playing “Purple Rain” during heavy downpour
Prince was one of the all-time greats, and this performance shows his talent perfectly!
Randy Aragon
01.14.21

Who said you couldn’t perform in the pouring rain?

Every so often, a musician comes around that takes people by storm, leaving an impression on the entire world that can never be erased. It’s no question that Prince was one of those artists, and he shows us exactly why during this iconic Super Bowl halftime show of one of his most famous songs.

This is one Prince performance that you just have to see!

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For those who don’t know, Prince sang “Purple Rain” during a torrential downpour at Super Bowl XLI.

Prince Rogers Nelson, known onstage as Prince, skyrocketed to fame at the early age of 19 years old after he was signed by Warner Bros. Records. “Purple Rain” is a seven-minute long guitar masterpiece made for the hit movie Purple Rain (released in 1984) starring the iconic artist. The song went on to leave quite the legacy, landing it on the Rolling Stone top 500 Greatest Songs of All Times list at number 144.

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When it comes to live-performances, not many can come close to topping Prince—especially when he has a little bit of help from mother nature.

That’s what happened in Miami, Florida when Prince was set to perform for the Super Bowl XLI halftime show.

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When production manager Bruce Rogers asked if Prince was okay performing in the rain, he responded: “Can you make it rain any harder?”

We wouldn’t expect anything less from the iconic superstar, who took the stage with the rain flying sideways through the air. Being that “Purple Rain” has one of the best guitar solos of all time, it was no surprise when he began using four separate electric guitars.

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The purple lights glowing from the stage make it seem like there’s actually purple rain falling from the sky, taking the ambiance of the performance to another level.

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The spontaneous structure of his live show had the fans at Super Bowl XLI going absolutely nuts!

Only Prince could make Super Bowl fans completely forget about the teams they came to see—but who could blame them with a live performance like this one?

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As the most-watched event in the United States, the Super Bowl always goes all out on the halftime show.

The entire stage is shaped into Prince’s famous symbol, with purple florescent lights illuminating the edges.

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Prince’s “Love Symbol” came about in 1993, when the music icon started using the symbol as his actual name.

Fun fact: Prince came up with the symbol by putting the symbols for male and female together.

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To this day, Prince’s performance at Super Bowl XLI is known as one of the best halftime performances of all time.

Fast forward a decade, and Prince played “Purple Rain” for his last performance just seven days before he passed away on April 21st, 2016. Music lovers on the internet always go wild when The Prince of Funk is involved, so it’s no surprise that this performance went massively viral.

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Prince’s “Purple Rain” performance in the pouring rain has almost been viewed 40 million times on YouTube, with 266,000 people who also liked it.

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Over 22,000 people poured into the comments, with many expressing their sorrow over the loss of the legend gone too soon.

Prince will undoubtedly go down as one of the best musicians of all time, and it’s easy to see why in every single one of his performances.

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To see Prince being down the house at Super Bowl XLI, just watch the video below!

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By Randy Aragon
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Randy Aragon is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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