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Thread started 02/10/19 2:57pm

CynicKill

Did Prince Practice On Wet, Rainy Stages?

This has been bugging me ever since his Superbowl performance.

Because not only did he not stumble, slip or choke once, but neither did anyone in his band.

And The Twins did all their Tina Turnering all over the stage without falling or even slipping.

Which brings me to the conclusion that maybe he practiced on wet stages?

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Reply #1 posted 02/10/19 3:48pm

GustavoRibas

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This SuperBowl performance made me real curious too. Prince was going to perform for MILLIONS wearing heels in the rain and it didnt seem to bother him.

Ok, we all know how great he was as a live performer, but there were many chances of it being a fiasco (not only he falling, but instruments not working and things like that). Glad he delivered the best Halftime show and the rain added to it in the end.

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Reply #2 posted 02/10/19 4:57pm

VioletWaiting

i think when youre as practiced as prince, once youre up there it might be easier than it looks.

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Reply #3 posted 02/10/19 5:38pm

poppys

CynicKill said:

This has been bugging me ever since his Superbowl performance.

Because not only did he not stumble, slip or choke once, but neither did anyone in his band.

And The Twins did all their Tina Turnering all over the stage without falling or even slipping.

Which brings me to the conclusion that maybe he practiced on wet stages?

lol It's a thought but how would he know it was going to rain? I think it's the never fail reason for all things Prince . prince was MAGICAL!

life, it ain't real funky unless it's got that pop.
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Reply #4 posted 02/10/19 6:04pm

TheTruth123

poppys said:



CynicKill said:


This has been bugging me ever since his Superbowl performance.


Because not only did he not stumble, slip or choke once, but neither did anyone in his band.


And The Twins did all their Tina Turnering all over the stage without falling or even slipping.


Which brings me to the conclusion that maybe he practiced on wet stages?






lol It's a thought but how would he know it was going to rain? I think it's the never fail reason for all things Prince . prince was MAGICAL!



Or something like that smile
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Reply #5 posted 02/10/19 7:20pm

CynicKill

poppys said:

CynicKill said:

This has been bugging me ever since his Superbowl performance.

Because not only did he not stumble, slip or choke once, but neither did anyone in his band.

And The Twins did all their Tina Turnering all over the stage without falling or even slipping.

Which brings me to the conclusion that maybe he practiced on wet stages?

lol It's a thought but how would he know it was going to rain? I think it's the never fail reason for all things Prince . prince was MAGICAL!

My thing was did he ever make it a practice because of how well it was pulled off.

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Reply #6 posted 02/10/19 7:42pm

poppys

CynicKill said:

poppys said:

lol It's a thought but how would he know it was going to rain? I think it's the never fail reason for all things Prince . prince was MAGICAL!


My thing was did he ever make it a practice because of how well it was pulled off.

My guess is no, he didn't. He winged it and it worked out. Unless someone shows up here and tells us otherwise. Seems like an obscure thing to practice. I mean, he could have been electrocuted.

Sometimes it rains really hard here at outdoor festivals, I mean really hard. Depending on the perseverance of the players, some stick it out as long as possible. But when the water stays flowing over all the cables, they have to shut it down.

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Reply #7 posted 02/10/19 7:49pm

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Yes. He would regularly hose down rehearsal stages and perform sets. He had a few spills here nd there but it prepared him for rain soaked stages.

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Reply #8 posted 02/10/19 7:49pm

CynicKill

poppys said:

CynicKill said:


My thing was did he ever make it a practice because of how well it was pulled off.

My guess is no, he didn't. He winged it and it worked out. Unless someone shows up here and tells us otherwise. Seems like an obscure thing to practice. I mean, he could have been electrocuted.

Sometimes it rains really hard here at outdoor festivals, I mean really hard. Depending on the perseverance of the players, some stick it out as long as possible. But when the water stays flowing over all the cables, they have to shut it down.

I agree.

One thing that does come to mind is the urban legend that Matthew Knowles made Destiny's Child sing while running in heels.

I know its apples and oranges but...

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Reply #9 posted 02/10/19 7:54pm

poppys

rdhull said:

Yes. He would regularly hose down rehearsal stages and perform sets. He had a few spills here nd there but it prepared him for rain soaked stages.


eek R U messin with us rd question

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Reply #10 posted 02/10/19 8:02pm

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poppys said:

rdhull said:

Yes. He would regularly hose down rehearsal stages and perform sets. He had a few spills here nd there but it prepared him for rain soaked stages.


eek R U messin with us rd question

He used hose water because "Nothing tastes as good as that water from a hose when you were a kid." The green kind of hose.

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Reply #11 posted 02/10/19 8:09pm

poppys

rdhull said:

poppys said:


eek R U messin with us rd question


He used hose water because "Nothing tastes as good as that water from a hose when you were a kid." The green kind of hose.

evillol err

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Reply #12 posted 02/11/19 4:02am

IstenSzek

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rdhull said:

poppys said:


eek R U messin with us rd question

He used hose water because "Nothing tastes as good as that water from a hose when you were a kid." The green kind of hose.


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Reply #13 posted 02/11/19 4:27am

BlueShakooo

Maybe some anti-slip shoe-soles did help?

New Power Soles of course.

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Reply #14 posted 02/11/19 4:52am

dodger

rdhull said:



poppys said:




rdhull said:


Yes. He would regularly hose down rehearsal stages and perform sets. He had a few spills here nd there but it prepared him for rain soaked stages.




eek R U messin with us rd question



He used hose water because "Nothing tastes as good as that water from a hose when you were a kid." The green kind of hose.



I read after PR he started using water from Lake Minnetonka
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Reply #15 posted 02/11/19 5:25am

IstenSzek

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BlueShakooo said:

Maybe some anti-slip shoe-soles did help?

New Power Soles of course.


giggle


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Reply #16 posted 02/11/19 6:16am

Dimitri10

Of course he did, couldn’t have done all those splits on a dry stage
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Reply #17 posted 02/11/19 6:32am

poppys

IstenSzek said:

rdhull said:

He used hose water because "Nothing tastes as good as that water from a hose when you were a kid." The green kind of hose.


falloff


That would be the Holy hose water.

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Reply #18 posted 02/11/19 11:20am

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Look for interviews with the Twinz or Mr Hayes, Funkenberry and / or Peach and Black. They had sandpaper on their shoes I believe for the Soupbowl and there is speculation as to whether the audio was live or a recording of the rehearsal the day previous (Morris refused to confirm or deny).
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Reply #19 posted 02/11/19 11:26am

PeteSilas

poppys said:

CynicKill said:


My thing was did he ever make it a practice because of how well it was pulled off.

My guess is no, he didn't. He winged it and it worked out. Unless someone shows up here and tells us otherwise. Seems like an obscure thing to practice. I mean, he could have been electrocuted.

Sometimes it rains really hard here at outdoor festivals, I mean really hard. Depending on the perseverance of the players, some stick it out as long as possible. But when the water stays flowing over all the cables, they have to shut it down.

there was some great rock musician, forget his name but he died playing a wet electric guitar, the technical issues are the most common issues of course. I remember diana ross getting rained on in a huge central park concert.

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Reply #20 posted 02/11/19 11:40am

Genesia

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rdhull said:

Yes. He would regularly hose down rehearsal stages and perform sets. He had a few spills here nd there but it prepared him for rain soaked stages.


falloff

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Reply #21 posted 02/11/19 11:45am

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mikeyaddict said:

Look for interviews with the Twinz or Mr Hayes, Funkenberry and / or Peach and Black. They had sandpaper on their shoes I believe for the Soupbowl and there is speculation as to whether the audio was live or a recording of the rehearsal the day previous (Morris refused to confirm or deny).


I was just going to say – there are self-adhesive, non-skid products that you can stick to the soles of shoes. I'm sure someone ran out to a store in Miami that day and bought a bunch of them.

Even so, Morris Hayes said he almost wiped out because he started dancing a bit too much behind the keyboard.

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Reply #22 posted 02/11/19 1:24pm

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rdhull said:

poppys said:


eek R U messin with us rd question

He used hose water because "Nothing tastes as good as that water from a hose when you were a kid." The green kind of hose.



falloff

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Reply #23 posted 02/11/19 1:47pm

oceanblue

rdhull said:

poppys said:


eek R U messin with us rd question

He used hose water because "Nothing tastes as good as that water from a hose when you were a kid." The green kind of hose.

lol Hilarious, but also true! lol

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Reply #24 posted 02/11/19 2:57pm

IstenSzek

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oceanblue said:

rdhull said:

He used hose water because "Nothing tastes as good as that water from a hose when you were a kid." The green kind of hose.

lol Hilarious, but also true! lol


judging from this thread, i wasn't the only one lol

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Reply #25 posted 02/11/19 2:59pm

laytonian

mikeyaddict said:

Look for interviews with the Twinz or Mr Hayes, Funkenberry and / or Peach and Black. They had sandpaper on their shoes I believe for the Soupbowl and there is speculation as to whether the audio was live or a recording of the rehearsal the day previous (Morris refused to confirm or deny).

He was singing live. For hell's sake, have you even WATCHED and noticed his two ad libs about the rain?
The rehearsal outfits were different (once in the orange suit from the press conference, the second in an orange suit with a blue shirt).

Morris has said more than once that he almost slipped while playing.
The instruments were live and got wet.

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Reply #26 posted 02/11/19 3:02pm

MoBettaBliss

rdhull said:

Yes. He would regularly hose down rehearsal stages and perform sets. He had a few spills here nd there but it prepared him for rain soaked stages.



lol

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Reply #27 posted 02/11/19 5:32pm

Matthaus

That sandpaper theory sounds correct. I also read somewhere that all the instruments (microphones and guitar included) had batteries inside and were wireless-amplified, so as not to have any cables and work out ok even under rain.

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Reply #28 posted 02/12/19 11:14am

mikeyaddict

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laytonian said:



mikeyaddict said:


Look for interviews with the Twinz or Mr Hayes, Funkenberry and / or Peach and Black. They had sandpaper on their shoes I believe for the Soupbowl and there is speculation as to whether the audio was live or a recording of the rehearsal the day previous (Morris refused to confirm or deny).


He was singing live. For hell's sake, have you even WATCHED and noticed his two ad libs about the rain?
The rehearsal outfits were different (once in the orange suit from the press conference, the second in an orange suit with a blue shirt).

Morris has said more than once that he almost slipped while playing.
The instruments were live and got wet.



Chill now Winston. I’m pretty convinced it is - and the ad libs about the rain are what swing it for me, but I also wouldn’t be surprised if the vocals were live and the music was from the rehearsal. Was just sharing what I’d heard. Also, I think one of the Twinz says she did slip but it was when she wasn’t in shot.
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Reply #29 posted 02/12/19 11:27am

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mikeyaddict said:

laytonian said:

He was singing live. For hell's sake, have you even WATCHED and noticed his two ad libs about the rain?
The rehearsal outfits were different (once in the orange suit from the press conference, the second in an orange suit with a blue shirt).

Morris has said more than once that he almost slipped while playing.
The instruments were live and got wet.

Chill now Winston. I’m pretty convinced it is - and the ad libs about the rain are what swing it for me, but I also wouldn’t be surprised if the vocals were live and the music was from the rehearsal. Was just sharing what I’d heard. Also, I think one of the Twinz says she did slip but it was when she wasn’t in shot.

I seem to remember an interview with one of the promoters and they said that they did have a back up rehearsal recording in case of emergency but they didn't need to use it.

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