According to a report from TMZ who was able to get a big scoop about Sunday’s Super Bowl Halftime featuring pop prince Justin Timberlake, he’s going to have a hologram of Prince. The leaked surprise is already getting a ton of flack on social media just at the idea of it happening, and it’s sensitive topic considering this year’s game is going down in the Purple One’s hometown of Minneapolis.So normally an alternative hub like 101WKQX, would avoid some pop shenanigans but why is this happening?
Prince himself publicly expressed his disgust with the idea of holograms of past musicians in a 1998 interview with Guitar Weekly.
“That’s the most demonic thing imaginable,” Prince said at the time. “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. And I am not a demon. Also, what they did with that Beatles song [‘Free As a Bird’], manipulating John Lennon’s voice to have him singing from across the grave… that’ll never happen to me. To prevent that kind of thing from happening is another reason why I want artistic control.”
Unfortunately since Prince passed away, his estate has been making moves to possibly get a hologram projection of him out for display. On top of that there has been a big change to get Prince’s catalog of music on streaming services, something he was opposed to in some ways during his life.
Complex News first covered the controversial idea of a Prince hologram here in 2016.
No matter what happens, Prince connected himself to the Halftime Show after performing one of the best all-time sets in the much-anticipated performance at Super Bowl XLI in 2007. Now if only our beloved Chicago Bears could have fared much better in the loss that year against the Colts. The ruler of Paisley Park in his set overcame challenging rain fall into a special effect for his monster covers of the Foo Fighters, Jimi Hendrix, and his own classic songs. It was pouring down, he’s killing it with ‘Purple Rain’.