Prince Died. It Sucks. Here’s Some Cool Shit To Cheer You Up.

“I am yours now and, you are mine
And, together we’ll love through,
All space and time, so don’t cry…”

-Prince, “7” 

Listen: I’m never going to be one of those fuckbois that try to claim an artist as their own after said artist suffers a sudden / tragic death. I’m never going to front and act as though I’m some all-knowing connoisseur of a certain artist’s career and artistic influences, just because he/she is pop culture’s soup d’jour of the week. I’m never going to be the dude that acts as if my life is totally impacted because of an artist’s passing.

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Which makes the sudden death of Prince, at age 57, very weird for me. I was never the biggest Prince fan in terms of actively listening to his music. Growing up in the 90’s /2000’s I had so much current and previous “must-listen” music to tackle that Prince somehow slipped through the cracks. That said, I never heard a Prince song on the radio or at a venue that I didn’t at least sorta fuck with. I never actively sought out his music, but Prince was unquestionably a revolutionary artist in my mind. Fuck… regardless of my musical opinions/convictions, my childhood comedic hero was preaching his gospel from the get-go, which automatically meant Prince was the man.

 

For those that just hopped out of the DeLorean straight out of pre-1978, Prince was and is one of the greatest American musical writers, composers, arrangers, song writers, musicians, and performers of all time. While commonly put in the box as an androgynous weirder-version of Michael Jackson, Prince was that (I mean he was) and so much more.

As even the most distant and casual fan, I am aware of these facts: The dude performed like Michael Jackson. The cat wrote and arranged like Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder. The guy  brought the funk like James Brown. And the guy shredded the fucking axe like Jimi Hendrix. 

Rather than elaborate further on my “hot takes” regarding Prince’s death and the musical legacy he leaves for Planet Earth, I thought it’d be more fun to highlight some fun facts and stories that you might not have heard about Prince. I guarantee these will make you smile and most likely laugh.

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Prince performed during the 2007 Super Bowl Halftime Show (the greatest Halftime Show I have ever seen) in what can only be described as “the most Prince performance ever”. The set featured a massive stage in the shape of Prince’s logo and happened to be completely juiced up on electronic/digital enhancements. The stage was basically a giant fucking amplifier and strobe light. Unfortunately for Prince, the weather forecast for the Super Bowl that featured the Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears in Miami, Florida was torrential rainstorms. Considering Prince’s health and safety would be at jeopardy on a souped up stage while alternating between 4(!) different electric guitars throughout the show, the show-runners had to make sure the Minnesota legend was “ok” with the performance.

After an executive called and let him know of the circumstances regarding the severe rainstorms, all Prince had to say was: “Can you make it rain harder?”. #BAMF.

 

 

 

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When Eric Clapton was once asked, “How does it feel to be the greatest guitarist on Earth” (which is a dumb fucking question if it’s not being directed at Jimmy Page, FYI) by a reporter, Clapton famously replied:

“I don’t know. Ask Prince.”

I’ll probably go my whole life without receiving such an outstanding compliment from such an esteemed colleague.

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I’ll let Talib Kweli take it from here:

 

Whammy. 

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Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. The HOF’s 2004 inductees included the likes of Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne, and George Harrison posthumously. In honor of the late George Harrison, the other inductees performed a rendition of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (which Harrison wrote). Everyone sang and performed a little guitar solo… except for Prince. Instead, Prince took the last 2-minutes of the six and a half minute show to do a straight bad ass mother fuckin’ guitar solo.

 

 

Not sure what’s better: Petty’s disbelief and pure excitement as he watches Prince shred the fuck out of the GEEE-TARRR, or Prince’s reaction once the song ended. Dude just threw the guitar in the air and walked straight off the god damn stage. Holy moly is that sexy.

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Dave Grohl was the drummer for Nirvana and is currently the lead singer and drummer for The Foo Fighters (1 of the most influential American bands of all time; 1 of the most successful bands of the last 25 years). Grohl is an awesome free spirit (basically, he’s the fucking man) that had a amicable professional relationship with the Minnesota artist. Here’s an awesome quote from Dave Grohl on Howard Stern’s radio show recently (courtesy of David Hayter):

Howard Stern, “Do you think Prince is a better musician than you?”

Dave Grohl, “Dude, Prince is a better DRUMMER than I am.”

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Remember that time Prince asked Quest Love, who he had never met before, to DJ his post-show party (a show that Quest was at just as a casual fan) last-minute, and then eventually decided the party was done dancing to music, and had the music turned off so everyone could watch “Finding Nemo”… and you didn’t think the Talib Kweli story would be topped, huh?

 

 

Quest Love: “Did I just get fired and replaced by a cartoon fish?”

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In an awesome interview with The Washington Post, ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons explains that he was so impressed and astonished by Prince’s quick yet deadly guitar solo to start “When Doves Cry” that he just had to ask him about the track when he first had the chance to talk to him. As per uugggeee, Prince was as cool as a cucumber as any person from this planet could be.

“‘Hey man, it’s so good to see you.’ He said, ‘It’s so good to see you. Let’s talk about guitar playing.’ I said, ‘Why not?’ And in the next two hours we really dove into the depth of his intent, interest and focus toward technique and tone. I left that evening even more mesmerized than I’d previously been, just knowing the sincerity that Prince kept toward his playing, his performing and his all-around showmanship.”

Rest in peace. 

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