Sheila E., Prince’s Brother Confirm Hologram Won’t Be Used In Super Bowl Halftime Show

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Sheila E On The First Time She Met Prince, Playing On "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough" + More

This year’s Super Bowl halftime performance will not include a hologram of Prince after all.

READ: ‘It Really Is Demonic’: Prince Expressed His Displeasure Of Holograms Two decades Ago

Reports of a Prince hologram accompanying Justin Timberlake during his Super Bowl LII halftime performance popped up prior to today’s game, with a number of Prince fans voicing their displeasure with the rumored performance.

Now, both Sheila E. and Omarr Baker, Prince’s brother, have confirmed that there will be no hologram of the purple one during the annual football event.

“Family, I spoke w/Justin 2nite and he shared heartfelt words of respect for Prince & the Purple fans. I look 4wrd 2 seeing what I’m sure is going 2 be a spectacular halftime show. “There is no hologram,” Sheila tweeted Saturday evening.

Baker, who manages the PRNFamily Twitter account, shared a no entry sign along with “#PrinceHologram” upon hearing the news of the hologram. When a fan asked Baker, “Does this mean you didn’t authorize it or that it’s not happening?” he responded with, “Both.”

Back in 1998, Prince had expressed his displeasure with hologram performances in an interview with Guitar World.

“With digital editing, it is now possible to create a situation where you could jam with any artist from the past. Would you ever consider doing something like that?,” the interviewer asked to which Prince responded:

“Certainly not. That’s the most demonic thing imaginable. 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.”


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