Although the hologram was intended to honor Prince, whose Super Bowl XLI show in a Miami downpour is one of the all-time best, Prince himself had spoken about how using the hologram of a dead musician would be “the most demonic imaginable.”
“That’s the most demonic thing imaginable,” Prince said in a 1998 interview with Guitar World. “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.”
(Prince also rocked his media news conference; just watch.)
Janet Jackson will not be joining Timberlake either. She put to rest the rumors that she would take part, reprising a collaboration that ended with a celebrated wardrobe malfunction during halftime of the 2004 game.
“To put to rest any speculation or rumors as to whether I will be performing at the Super Bowl tomorrow; I will not,” she tweeted. “Thank you for your support and I do look forward to seeing you all very soon.”
Timberlake also ruled out an appearance with his old group, ‘N Sync, saying only that the Tennessee Kids would join him for a show that would feature things “never done before.”