He was a true artist in every sense of the word, giving us a lifetime of music and memorable pop culture moments. But none stand out more than his 2007 Super Bowl halftime show where he never missed a beat while playing a medley of songs in the pouring rain, with four electric guitars, two dancers in sky-high heels, a slippery stage, and millions of people watching.
During an interview with the NFL, production designer Bruce Rodgers revealed that while producers were concerned about the torrential downpour, Prince was utterly fearless going into the headline-making performance.
“Prince was like, ‘Can you make it rain harder?’ And I was like, ‘Right on,’” he recalled. “I always thought how cool the guy is to rise up and just get stormed upon and bring what he brought. That was so special.”
During the show, Prince played a mashup of songs that included Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Proud Mary,” Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower,” “Best of You” by Foo Fighters, and concluded with his hit tune “Purple Rain.”
Jon Pareles from the New York Times told the NFL that for Prince, it was all about the music. “The Prince set is so wild. He does other people’s songs. He’s not promoting himself. He’s just making music,” he said. “It’s profound and it’s loud and it’s funky and it’s just one performer shaking the entire world.”