There have been rumors afloat that Justin Timberlake would be having a hologram of Prince assist him with his Super Bowl performance. Many people spoke out against the idea, citing Prince’s past comments on Justin’s “SexyBack,” and politics surrounding musician’s ownership of their art. Sheila E., drummer and very close friend to the late music icon spoke out after reports surfaced about the hologram.
Sheila wrote on Twitter, “Prince told me don’t ever let anyone do a hologram of me.” She wrote over a headline of the news Justin would allegedly use a hologram of the Purple One “Not cool if this happens!”
Sheila E. was just reaffirming, but Prince has gone on record to say about his opposition to holograms or technology used to alter a musician’s work posthumously. In an interview with Guitar World, Prince was asked, “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?”
Prince sternly responded, “Certainly not.” He continued, “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.”
Last night, Sheila E. returned to Twitter to announce that there would be no hologram. “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,” she wrote.
There was no confirmation from Prince’s estate, the NFL, or Timberlake’s team about the use of a hologram when the story went viral. TMZ broke the news on Saturday morning. It is likely there will be a tribute to Prince since the Super Bowl is being hosted in his hometown of Minneapolis.
The Super Bowl airs tonight at 6:30 PM.