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Check out this clip of Prince’s halftime performance. Blogger Manila Ryce wonders if his covers of “All Along the Watchtower” and “The Best of You” construed a subtle anti-Iraq-war message.
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By Brian Toro, February 6, 2007 at 11:30 am Link to this comment
Never thought of it that way…. But after further review I believe aboslutely that’s the message Prince was going for… I remember when I saw’ll it live, I felt the song choice of Watchtower and the Foo Fighters was a little wierd for Prince, they fit together with or without the context of the war, cause Princre is a musically stud. And the silhouette hammered it home as far as stand up and being strong, and not being a fool. Certainly a little payback for the Jackson /Timberlake fiasco. I would also like to theorize that the rag he wore symbolized slavery “Aunt Jemima” and the oppression the Establishment has on"watchtower / best of” and once he when to the next song he removed it. And if were just full of hot air; at the very least the we get a great perfromace by an artist who still has something relavent to say as oppase to having Paul McCarty or the Stones do their revival thing.
By Lefty, February 6, 2007 at 8:30 am Link to this comment
I think the silhouette of Prince and his guitar against the giant cloth was more pornographic than anything Janet Jackson did. THAT was definitely a message to Bush, the FCC, the GOP, and the rest of the American fascist movement!
By cadence, February 5, 2007 at 7:55 pm Link to this comment
I don’t know if it was a comment on the war, but it was one of the best rock & roll performances I’ve ever seen. A musical moment to remember. I loved it—“Purple Rain” in the rain. It doesn’t get any better than that. If anything it made me forget da Bears’ bumbles.
By susan, February 5, 2007 at 2:01 pm Link to this comment
damn skippy. saw that right away….he was channeling Hendrix and an ERA of antiwar and antiestablishment music. plus that, he f*&^ing ROCKED.
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