Monday, February 8, 2021

Purple Super Bowl Rain where The Streets Have No Name #MusicMovesMe

Welcome to another episode of Music Moves Me!


Who are the #MusicMovesMe bloggers? We are bloggers who blog about music each Monday and if you have music to share with us, you are most welcome to join! (Music Posts Only , please!)   First, there is XmasDolly,   Her co-hostesses are: Stacy of Stacy Uncorked, Cathy from Curious as a Cathy, and me. As Xmas Dolly likes to say, "Applause!" 

Each month we have a guest co-hostess who picks themes for the month, and this month we are featuring Songbird from Songbird's Crazy World.

Her theme for today is "You Pick".

Yesterday, in the United States, was the championship football game known as the Super Bowl (perhaps the biggest sporting event in the United States) and the featured entertainment at half time (always an honor) was the up and coming Canadian artist The Weeknd. 

The Weeknd (the "e" before "nd" is left out intentionally, to avoid legal conflicts with a group called The Weekend)'s real name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, who will be turning 31 in just a few days.  This is not from the halftime show, but this song was the final song in his set.

I only know a couple of his songs, including one called "Blinding Lights".  It has such an 80's vibe, and I love it.  Some believe that the song refers to this artist's (admitted) on and off drug use.

But this catchy song inspired me to make today's post about past Super Bowl music performances by some of the most popular or best artists ever.  Here, for your amusement, is a ranking of the Super Bowl halftime performances once they became music events (they weren't for the first few years).

 The late Tom Petty performs at Super Bowl 42 (2008) with a slightly shortened performance of  "Running Down Dreams".

The late Prince rocked a rainy Super Bowl 41, including this performance of Purple Rain.  He was performing in dangerous conditions but pulled it off.  Check out the guitar starting around 1:17.

In 1998 (Super Bowl 32) there was a tribute to Motown with various artists.   It's some 12 minutes but features a number of artists.

I will end this with U2's 2002 Super Bowl performance, months after the events of 9/11, which the concert paid tribute to.

And that's a wrap!

Join me again next week, same time, same place.



  1. ...I fell asleep during the Super Bowl.

  2. Alana,

    We watched the Superbowl but I didn't see the halftime show. I wish I had, now. Thanks for sharing "Blinding Lights" by The Weekend. I really dig that 80s vibe you mentioned this song having. I'm going to YT in a few to sample more of their music. Thanks for sharing past Superbowl halftime show clips. I was disappointed that Kansas City wasn't up to the challenge this time. Poor Patrick Mahomes kept getting clobbered last night. Have a boogietastic day, my friend.

  3. Prince was the kind of Super Bowl halftime shows!!

  4. Such a cool remembrance of the great performances of years gone by. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  5. U2 was epic!

    Not a fan of the weekend, and what on earth were those dancers wearing on their faces?

  6. You picked some pretty classic super bowl half time favorites, but you left out my hometown band, Aerosmith.
    I really enjoyed this year's half time show,I see so many people trashing it, but I found that I like The Weeknd's music.

  7. Super Bowl certainly does get the classics! Favourites all!

  8. The only Super Bowl I actually watched was XX, when the Bears beat the Patriots. Up With People did the halftime show for the last time, which we didn't watch...

    Good set anyway!

  9. I was a bit confused with The Weeknd but glad to see everyone had their clothes on, unlike previous Superbowl performers!

  10. I have never watched the SuperBowl. These are all new to me. Nor had I heard of Weeknd.

  11. I didn't watch the Super Bowl or any recaps this weekend. I do like the idea of checking out the music Monday bloggers. It is nice to learn about the music that others are enjoying.

  12. I think Blinding Lights was the first Weeknd song I'd heard (and was hooked on the band). :) Love your walk down memory lane of fabulous halftime shows, Alana! Thanks for the memories! :)


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