Relive Prince’s epic Super Bowl XLI halftime show, 10 years ago today


Super Bowl XLI notably gave Peyton Manning his first championship when the Indianapolis Colts beat the Chicago Bears 29-17 on Feb. 4, 2007.

It also happened to be the day when Prince cracked the sky open and delivered a Super Bowl halftime performance for the heavens and earth at Dolphin Stadium.

Ten years to the day after His Purple Majesty reigned upon a pouring stage, let’s relive his 12-minute set — featuring a dancing marching band, fearless ladies dancing in stiletto heels, covers of Tina Turner, Queen, Bob Dylan and the Foo Fighters, along with his classic “Let’s Go Crazy,” and ending with a rousing rendition of “Purple Rain”  — that brought the house down in a way that only Prince could.

And as this NFL behind-the-scenes video proved, a little rain wasn’t about to stop Prince from breaking out the electric guitars during his performance. In fact, he asked if they could make it rain harder:

It was a singular moment from a singular artist that will live on as one of the best Super Bowl halftime shows in history.

Long may His Purple Majesty reign.