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Thread started 09/08/16 8:50pm

rogifan

Was the marching band at the Super Bowl playing live?

It's pretty clear Prince was playing live. But I've always wondered if the matching band was. Does anyone know?
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Reply #1 posted 09/08/16 8:57pm

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Yes, they were playing and marching live.

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Reply #2 posted 09/08/16 9:07pm

rogifan

luv4u said:

Yes, they were playing and marching live.


Wow so everything with that performance was live? And am I correct that they didn't have a tape backup because rehearsals didn't go well? Makes me admire that performance even more. People say U2's performance was the best but that's just because they performed after 9/11.
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Reply #3 posted 09/09/16 3:51am

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FAMU is on of the best bands in country

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Reply #4 posted 09/09/16 3:56am

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As far as I can tell Prince's vocals and guitar were live and Shelby's vocals were live, but everything else was pre-recorded.

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Reply #5 posted 09/09/16 4:57am

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toejam said:

As far as I can tell Prince's vocals and guitar were live and Shelby's vocals were live, but everything else was pre-recorded. . [Edited 9/9/16 3:57am]

It would be highly unusual for an HBCU marching band to take the field to pre-recorded music. Do you have a source for this information or is this just your estimation?

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Reply #6 posted 09/09/16 5:21am

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toejam said:

As far as I can tell Prince's vocals and guitar were live and Shelby's vocals were live, but everything else was pre-recorded. . [Edited 9/9/16 3:57am]

It would be highly unusual for an HBCU marching band to take the field to pre-recorded music. Do you have a source for this information or is this just your estimation?

Moreover, FAMU's Marching 100 are arguably the best marching band in the world, which is why they were handpicked by Prince for this performance. I think they would be insulted at the notion that they were pantomiming during the Super Bowl. Listen to the band's associate director in the clip linked below. He recounts the iconic moment thus: "This Purple Rain piece was truly spectacular because I'm sure everybody knows the script. It actually started to rain as soon as we started to play that piece...We'll never forget that."

FAMU Band Director Reflec...ith Prince

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Reply #7 posted 09/09/16 5:23am

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I believe so, but there was some heavily overdubbed synths playing. You can hear the stem on Blast From The Past 2.0

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Reply #8 posted 09/09/16 8:01am

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FlyOnTheWall said:




toejam said:


As far as I can tell Prince's vocals and guitar were live and Shelby's vocals were live, but everything else was pre-recorded. . [Edited 9/9/16 3:57am]

It would be highly unusual for an HBCU marching band to take the field to pre-recorded music. Do you have a source for this information or is this just your estimation?



Moreover, FAMU's Marching 100 are arguably the best marching band in the world, which is why they were handpicked by Prince for this performance. I think they would be insulted at the notion that they were pantomiming during the Super Bowl. Listen to the band's associate director in the clip linked below. He recounts the iconic moment thus: "This Purple Rain piece was truly spectacular because I'm sure everybody knows the script. It actually started to rain as soon as we started to play that piece...We'll never forget that."


FAMU Band Director Reflec...ith Prince


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Oh, interesting. I always wondered if they were selected because they were from a historically black college. But this makes sense. I loved the fact he chose to use a marching band and chose more of a rock and roll performance. He knew the audience he was performing for and picked the perfect set for that.
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Reply #9 posted 09/10/16 9:39am

lwr001

Also,, the band director years later put Prince on to BK Jackson who was a member of NPG horns while stilla student at FAMU

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