Sheila E. Says Prince Hologram Won't Appear at Super Bowl Halftime Show

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Sheila E. visits Build to discuss her new album 'Iconic: Message 4 America' at Build Studio on Oct. 23, 2017 in New York City. 

On Saturday (Feb. 3), rumors surfaced that Justin Timberlake would performing alongside a hologram of Prince at this year’s Super Bowl halftime show in Minneapolis.   

But Prince’s former drummer Sheila E. voiced her disapproval of the hologram. On Saturday evening, she tweeted that she had spoken with Timberlake, and assured fans there wouldn’t be a Prince hologram at the Super Bowl.    

“Family, I spoke w/Justin 2nite and he shared heartfelt words of respect for Prince & the Purple fans,” she tweeted. “I look 4wrd 2 seeing what I’m sure is going 2 be a spectacular halftime show. There is no hologram.”   

In the past, Prince has voiced his disapproval of the technology. In a 1998 interview with Guitar World, Prince was asked if he’d ever be interested in jamming with an artist from the past thanks to advances in digital editing. Prince responded in disgust.

“Certainly not. That’s the most demonic thing imaginable,” he said. “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."

This article originally appeared on Spin.

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