Although Prince is no longer with us, with the Super Bowl in his hometown of Minneapolis, hes still managing to be a part of it.On Monday, Super Bowl week kicked off downtown with a tremendous Prince tribute concert headlined by many of his best friends and former bandmates and collaborators. The event was organized by legendary musicians and music producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who grew up with Prince, and whose influence can be felt all the way from Janet Jackson to Usher to Bruno Mars.Sheila E. kicked off the night, followed by longtime friends and on-screen rivals Morris Day and the Time of Purple Rain fame. Closing the night was Princes backing band The Revolution.ABC Channel 5 in Minneapolis spoke to The Revolution drummer Bobby Z:
"The tributes to Prince will continue for hundreds of years," Bobby Z. said. "But to be able to pay tribute here, when the Super Bowl is in Minneapolis and the national spotlight is on the Twin Cities, definitely makes it a special occasion.""Theres a big hole in the middle and everything is different because of that," he said. "We wanted to do this for the fans so that people could hear a bit of what Prince and The Revolution was like. But without him there, its really a sing-along, or a seance almost."Its a very interactive experience."Its widely rumored that Justin Timberlake will incorporate at least one of Princes classic tracks into his Super Bowl halftime show setlist, as he will also be hosting an event at Paisley Park earlier in the week.