"Purple Rain" played by Minnesota Orchestra at halftime of Vikings-Packers
September 18, 2016 — 9:19pm
Video (00:15) : Listen to some of the Prince tribute at Vikings halftime show
When halftime started at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday night, “Party Like It’s 1999” played on the loud speakers. Was that the rumored halftime tribute to Prince?
Nope, just a warm-up.
Minutes later, to end its halftime show, the Minnesota Orchestra played “Purple Rain” with the gospel group The Steeles – and the packed house ate it up. With the stadium lights off, except for a few purple spotlights, thousands of cell phones were lit across the expansive stadium and held up high, as the Vikings-Packers crowd swayed side to side.
Quite the scene. A scene, however, that wasn't shown to the national television audience. NBC has a halftime programming routine each week, and it did not deviate from that plan.
Here are a couple glimpses from social media worth a look:
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