Sunday, February 04, 2007

Prince SuperBowl Half-time Show, Foo Fighters!

Prince. Lots can be said about the wee purple one. His halftime show tonight ROCKED and funked a ruled. In the rain even (purple and actual). The craziest thing? He did a Foo Fighters song!! In the middle of mainstream American TV he decided to dedicate 25% of his time on stage to a very Hendrix-y cover of a Foo Fighters tune? Is this a return compliment to Dave Grohl and Co. for their blistery take on Darling Nikki??
I have never ever seen him with a Stratocaster before. Always the Hofner Tele copy or one of his weird "symbol" guitars. Can you imagine a club gig with Prince, a Strat and a Marshall?
One really weak thing I noticed: NO shots of his band!!! Sure we saw the back up singer, the two dancers and the glow in the dark marching band (pretending they were playing!) but not a single pass over of the NPG! Dammit CBS.


Anonymous said...

The band he has currently isn't the NPG, it's like NPG lite. I think the only former NPG member with him of later is Renato Neto on Keys.

He has assembled a very small band of sorts 4 the shows he does in his Las Vegas Club, 3121. About 5 band members, most nights.

Also, he plays the strat a lot; using it since he started in the business. He loves 2 change the guitars 2 suit his vibe and what he feels the songs need at that moment.

He's a master musician, no doubt - playing 20+ instruments - all self-taught.

Pamela said...

You're missing the point. I doubt Prince was paying homage to the Foo, but rather it was a big F you. He doesn't like anyone covering his songs, period. The Foo did "Darling Nikki" in 2003 but Prince wouldn't let them release it in the States. Prince has repeatedly refused Weird Al's requests to let him parody his songs. And don't forget that he hated Sinead O'Connor's version of "Nothing Compares 2 U".

Edward Donnelly said...


I just read an interview with Taylor Hawkins from the Foos that said pretty much the same thing!
I remember reading an interview with Sinead O'Conner(in Rolling Stone??) that described how Prince tried to seduce her and after she shot him down he started dissing her in the press.
"My face is red, I stand corrected."