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2013-03-22 10:46:00 PM  
Oh, how nice of you, Subby! You gave me a setup and everything..!


Prince is Dead  (PrID)

After filming "Purple Rain", in late 1985, at the end of the "Purple Rain" tour, Prince Rogers Nelson died in a tragic motorcycle accident. Considering the success of "Purple Rain" and the fact that Prince was reaching his peak at the time of his demise, those close to him made the decision to replace him with a double, heavily modified with cosmetic surgery. Government ties ensured that the secret remained buried.


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The real Prince, sometime around 1980.

This double differed from Prince in several ways:

He was shorter.
He was a bit more pale skinned.
He was a devout Jehovah's Witness with reservations about singing "dirty songs".
His voice is close, but not identical to the original's.
Prince had a great sense of humor. The new one didn't take a joke very well.
The new one is younger by several years (how many is uncertain)
The new one's name was Christopher.


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Christopher in character as Prince

Prince still had a large catalog of music that was unreleased, and they figured they could float on that for a long time, or at least re-record it with the new Prince.

Immediately, it was announced that Prince would discontinue live performances and music videos. This was because Christopher wasn't quite ready to be seen.

Prince was almost finished recording "Around The World In A Day" when he died.

The first album featuring the new Prince was "Around the World in a Day", on the track "The Ladder".  His voice is noticeably lower in pitch on this song. He also insisted on re-editing the song "Temptation" to be less "sex oriented" and turned it to a religiously-oriented song of judgment, instead of the testament to sexual indulgence it was originally.

"Hello" is a Prince song reworked into a Christopher song, and renamed to "introduce" Christopher to the world, and describe his introduction to being famous.  "I tried to tell them that I didn't want to sing..."  It was also a response to Christopher's hesitation to join "Live Aid" because he wasn't quite ready for an event so close to Prince's former friends and colleagues in the music industry.


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The real Prince with Vanity, early 1980s.

Christopher began doing videos as Prince when the sales of "Around the World in a Day" started to stall. The first video he did was "Raspberry Beret".

Christopher-Prince credited himself as "Christopher" on the Bangles' song "Manic Monday", among others.

The Revolution didn't like the new Prince, and they actively worked to out him, but they were told that if they revealed the truth, they would be killed. It wasn't long after the new Prince's debut that the Revolution disbanded.


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Early photo of the real Prince in his motorcycle gear


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One of the last publicity photos Prince posed for, before his untimely death.

Clues are scattered through all albums from 1985 onward; Especially in soundtrack to Batman. "Batdance" is practically a retelling of Prince's death and the disdain that Christopher feels for his predecessor's sinful lifestyle.

To his credit, Christopher is an amazing performer, but he's not as open-minded as Prince was.

The New Power Generation was formed to cover up Christopher's inability to produce a whole album on his own (as was evidenced by the poor reviews of "Batman") - Christopher doesn't perform very much on "Diamonds & Pearls" because this was an attempt to shift the focus from Prince to the band. It didn't work out.

The cover of "The Hits/The B-Sides" is meant to be viewed sideways, to show a "dead" Prince Rogers Nelson laying in repose.


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Prince lies in repose on the cover of "The Hits/The B-Sides"


The total shift in musical style was because Christopher was simply uninterested in Prince's former bare-bones Funk style, feeling more at home with R&B and Soul with more "spiritual" lyrics. While the original Prince was a devout Christian, he was not as restricted by his religious background as Christopher was. Christopher even refused to perform any of Prince's "racy" songs in concert.

Christopher spent a lot of time learning to dance like Prince from James Brown himself, who was commissioned for the job in exchange for lesser penalties for his crimes.


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Christopher in a recent candid shot.

Basically, songs after 1985 that are explicitly sexual are old Prince songs that were in his catalog of unreleased tracks when he died.

"Under The Cherry Moon" was chock full of clues (both the movie and the soundtrack, "Parade".)  A lot of the music in "Parade" was written by Wendy & Lisa, or adapted from Prince's older works. "New Position" is one such song that was written and demoed by Prince prior to his death, but rerecorded with Prince's vocals by the Revolution. "Sometimes it Snows in April" was about Prince. They filmed in France to avoid the American press, and American film unions. The theme of Christopher being a gigolo was to parallel the idea of him being paid to replace another man. This was entirely Christopher's project.

The whole "The Artist Formerly Known As Prince" thing was Christopher's attempt to get out from under the Prince legacy. It failed.

"Camille", the Prince alter-ego, is actually code for "naughty" songs that were performed or written by Prince. Christopher tried not to take credit for them by saying it was "Camille" who performed them.

"My Name is Prince" is a declaration of Christopher taking Prince's name and making what he sees as positive changes in Prince's reputation.

"The Black Album" is the real Prince's last album, and Christopher did everything he could to prevent its release, wanting to avoid having the "dirty" Prince back in the public eye. He said his decision to prevent its release was due to a "spiritual epiphany."

Christopher was trying desperately to "reform" Prince's image to fit his own sensibilities, but audiences weren't as interested in this toned down, more spiritual Prince. His albums sales slipped, and his response was "Graffiti Bridge", which is meant as Christopher's sequel/answer to "Purple Rain".  In it, the Kid, now played by Christopher, laments people turning away from his music because he's spiritual, and wins out in the end because of his faith.


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Christopher after his falling out with The Revolution

The Love Symbol as a name was another part of Christopher's attempt to break away from Prince's legacy. "The Artist" was so sick of being called "Prince" that he simply flipped out for a while and refused to acknowledge the name of his dead predecessor.

In 2001 Christopher took his religion public by having "Prince" get baptized as a Jehovah's Witness. This was sold as a "conversion" but was just a cover for the religion he'd always had, since before becoming Prince.

Christopher was having increasing problems being Warner Bros' Prince stand-in. He didn't like the direction they wanted him to go. He didn't like the contract he was under. He hated being Prince during this period in time, and was told that if he revealed the truth he would be "taken care of."  He responded by writing "Slave" on his cheek and releasing albums only to fulfill his contract with Warner Bros.

He called his album "Emancipation" because he felt that he was finally stepping free from Prince's shadow, and was free to do his own thing as long as he never openly revealed the truth. However, he continued to seed his music with references to his true identity. Warner made some requests, but gave him more creative control than they previously had in these final days of his contract with them.

On May 16, 2000 Christopher stopped using the Love Symbol and returned to allowing himself to be called "Prince", once he was out from Warner's control. The company felt he had dried up as an artist, and didn't pressure him anymore. He was free to perform whatever he pleased now. He immediately started producing albums that were essentially gospel recordings, leaving his old "naughty" image behind himself forever.

In 2008, Christopher went on record that he considers homosexuality a sin- Something the original Prince, who had his performers and bandmates simulate lesbian sex on stage, would never have done.

Despite his distaste for Prince's behavior and songs, Christopher has turned into a skilled performer in his own right. For all intents and purpose, Christopher is the only Prince, now.
 
2013-03-23 12:04:08 AM  

ZeroCorpse: Oh, how nice of you, Subby! You gave me a setup and everything..!


*words*


 
2013-03-23 12:05:06 AM  

Summoner101: ZeroCorpse: Oh, how nice of you, Subby! You gave me a setup and everything..!


*words*


24.media.tumblr.com

/FTFM
 
2013-03-23 02:20:50 AM  
Saw the man in concert about 8 or 9 years ago. Dude put on one hell of a show and I'd go to one or more of these shows in a heartbeat if I could.

And, really, ZeroCorpse, wtf was that?
 
2013-03-23 03:57:28 AM  

ZeroCorpse: Oh, how nice of you, Subby! You gave me a setup and everything..!


Prince is Dead  (PrID)

After filming "Purple Rain", in late 1985, at the end of the "Purple Rain" tour, Prince Rogers Nelson died in a tragic motorcycle accident. Considering the success of "Purple Rain" and the fact that Prince was reaching his peak at the time of his demise, those close to him made the decision to replace him with a double, heavily modified with cosmetic surgery. Government ties ensured that the secret remained buried.


[i3.photobucket.com image 319x289]
The real Prince, sometime around 1980.

This double differed from Prince in several ways:

He was shorter.
He was a bit more pale skinned.
He was a devout Jehovah's Witness with reservations about singing "dirty songs".
His voice is close, but not identical to the original's.
Prince had a great sense of humor. The new one didn't take a joke very well.
The new one is younger by several years (how many is uncertain)
The new one's name was Christopher.


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Christopher in character as Prince

Prince still had a large catalog of music that was unreleased, and they figured they could float on that for a long time, or at least re-record it with the new Prince.

Immediately, it was announced that Prince would discontinue live performances and music videos. This was because Christopher wasn't quite ready to be seen.

Prince was almost finished recording "Around The World In A Day" when he died.

The first album featuring the new Prince was "Around the World in a Day", on the track "The Ladder".  His voice is noticeably lower in pitch on this song. He also insisted on re-editing the song "Temptation" to be less "sex oriented" and turned it to a religiously-oriented song of judgment, instead of the testament to sexual indulgence it was originally.

"Hello" is a Prince song reworked into a Christopher song, and renamed to "introduce" Christopher to the world, and describe his introduction to being famous.  " ...


How long have you been waiting for this?
 
2013-03-23 04:25:16 AM  
Good lord child.  That is some heavy duty nonsense.
 
2013-03-23 04:43:32 AM  
Hide your guitars.

/blah blah, purify, blah blah, minnetonka
 
2013-03-23 04:43:56 AM  
moxymommies.com
 
2013-03-23 05:14:51 AM  
Zero, you've gone a bit far this time. This is less plausible than the "Paul is Dead" theory my parents told me about! Write a book or shut the fark up!
/I will buy your book.
 
2013-03-23 05:25:31 AM  
This thread is awesome already, that's almost as funny as Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories, Zero.
 
2013-03-23 05:57:37 AM  
...then Christopher took us in the house and made us pancakes.
 
2013-03-23 06:01:22 AM  
 
2013-03-23 06:23:13 AM  
So, the more reserved "Christopher" wore the open-butt jumpsuit?

Sorry, that level of conspiracy is only reserved for Popes, Beatles, the United Nations and Michael Jackson.
 
2013-03-23 06:37:33 AM  
There needs to be an organized movement for people to bring cameras and openly film the show.  That should teach Mr. Overprotective Of His Music a lesson.
 
2013-03-23 07:01:12 AM  
I'd say something, but it's mother farking Prince.
 
2013-03-23 07:14:16 AM  
"The man claiming to be Prince is going on a 28-date American tour"

Is everyone so caught up in ZeroCorpse's derpy Prince-replacement theory that they overlooked these little misleading words?

28 days, but only 10 locations, not all are in the U.S., and all the American dates are on the West Coast/Las Vegas.
 
2013-03-23 07:15:25 AM  
Of all the tragedies in the music world, the loss of Prince's son soon after birth is one of the most regrettable. It solidified Prince's turn to religion, it leaves the world without a genetic heir to the Artist, and it marked the end of Prince as a truly groundbreaking singer/songwriter.

Or should I say... CHRISTOPHER?
 
2013-03-23 07:23:42 AM  
After we recently read of Prince's destructive behavior and uncaring attitude shown toward a fellow musicians electric guitar on a TV appearance I've lost huge respect. Fark him, fark him right in the A. You're going to be a dooshbag, you're going to get called out on it.

ZeroCorpse i've never seen you pull out the craycray before. Nice, nice.
 
2013-03-23 07:29:47 AM  

Modified Cornstarch: So, the more reserved "Christopher" wore the open-butt jumpsuit?

Sorry, that level of conspiracy is only reserved for Popes, Beatles, the United Nations and Michael Jackson.


Wait, what if this happened to Michael Jackson too?!

That would explain the drastic change in his appearance, and they killed the new double when he tried to go public! It all makes so much sense!

Modified Cornstarch you've done it again!

/came here to make a crack about him doing 28 chicks at the same time.
//this was better.
 
2013-03-23 07:31:55 AM  
This is exciting news because it's 1987.
 
2013-03-23 07:39:00 AM  

EchoMike: "The man claiming to be Prince is going on a 28-date American tour"

Is everyone so caught up in ZeroCorpse's derpy Prince-replacement theory that they overlooked these little misleading words?

28 days, but only 10 locations, not all are in the U.S., and all the American dates are on the West Coast/Las Vegas.


Well duh. All of Christopher's friends and family are on the East Coast. He'll be found out!
 
2013-03-23 08:10:59 AM  

MagSeven: EchoMike: "The man claiming to be Prince is going on a 28-date American tour"

Is everyone so caught up in ZeroCorpse's derpy Prince-replacement theory that they overlooked these little misleading words?

28 days, but only 10 locations, not all are in the U.S., and all the American dates are on the West Coast/Las Vegas.

Well duh. All of Christopher's friends and family are on the East Coast. He'll be found out!


It's pretty clear that there is someone other than Christopher as well. Nobody does two shows per day. Nobody.
 
2013-03-23 08:40:44 AM  
Turn me on, dead man.
 
2013-03-23 08:48:58 AM  
The man claiming to be Prince is going on a 28-date American tour

28 men, that must be a new record for Prince. I hope he will give the guy the courtesy of a reach around or answer to him.

blogs.houstonpress.com
 
2013-03-23 09:32:57 AM  

ZeroCorpse: Prince is Dead (PrID)


You play upright bass with Riders in the Sky, don't you.
 
2013-03-23 09:52:33 AM  
Why would the Government care if Prince was dead, much less strong arm people into maintaining the lie?
 
2013-03-23 10:07:11 AM  
Face value tickets going for around $250.   For PRINCE.

/pass
 
2013-03-23 10:38:22 AM  

EchoMike: "The man claiming to be Prince is going on a 28-date American tour"

Is everyone so caught up in ZeroCorpse's derpy Prince-replacement theory that they overlooked these little misleading words?

28 days, but only 10 locations, not all are in the U.S., and all the American dates are on the West Coast/Las Vegas.


And I only counted 19 in the 'full list' of 28 dates
 
2013-03-23 11:00:30 AM  

LessO2: Face value tickets going for around $250.   For PRINCE.

/pass


Yeah, fark this. He can't possibly think he's going to sell out venues at $250+ fees.
 
2013-03-23 11:31:07 AM  
yeah, I'm getting in the line that sez ZeroCorpse is as batshiat crazy as the white Michael Jackson.
 
2013-03-23 11:34:13 AM  
"April 30/May 1 - Phoenix, AZ"

I'm there...
 
2013-03-23 11:35:18 AM  

KrispyKritter: After we recently read of Prince's destructive behavior and uncaring attitude shown toward a fellow musicians electric guitar on a TV appearance I've lost huge respect. Fark him, fark him right in the A. You're going to be a dooshbag, you're going to get called out on it.

ZeroCorpse i've never seen you pull out the craycray before. Nice, nice.


Wait, I thought breaking stuff and being dööshbag  is kvvl?
 
2013-03-23 11:40:55 AM  

qsblues: yeah, I'm getting in the line that sez ZeroCorpse is as batshiat crazy as the white Michael Jackson.


Unfortunately, this isn't a Michael Jackson thread and I can't really get into the theory about Michael Jackson dying as a result of the infamous Pepsi explosion, and being replaced with a white Michael Jackson impersonator.

Anyway, glad to provide some wood for the fire, as always. I like it when it's nice and warm here at FARK.
 
2013-03-23 11:42:07 AM  

TheJoe03: This thread is awesome already, that's almost as funny as Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories, Zero.


Aww... Thanks! That's a pretty cool compliment.
 
2013-03-23 11:48:51 AM  

Your Average Witty Fark User: LessO2: Face value tickets going for around $250.   For PRINCE.

/pass

Yeah, fark this. He can't possibly think he's going to sell out venues at $250+ fees.


Well San Francisco sold out all 4 shows rather quickly.
 
2013-03-23 11:48:51 AM  

LessO2: Face value tickets going for around $250.   For PRINCE.

/pass


This makes me glad I saw him twice before he became ridiculously expensive and more religious. He put on an amazing show. It's a shame he died. ;)
 
2013-03-23 11:50:46 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Of all the tragedies in the music world, the loss of Prince's son soon after birth is one of the most regrettable. It solidified Prince's turn to religion, it leaves the world without a genetic heir to the Artist, and it marked the end of Prince as a truly groundbreaking singer/songwriter.

Or should I say... CHRISTOPHER?


The way Prince treated Mayte, the mother of his baby, after the baby died kind of soured me on him. He treated her like it was her fault the baby was ill. Theres a good article out there i read awhile back where she moved in next door to Apollonia and they have formed a support group for his exes. The way he was protrayed in Purple Rain as a user of people is not too far from rrality
 
2013-03-23 12:05:42 PM  

LessO2: Face value tickets going for around $250.   For PRINCE.

/pass


That is a ton of dough, but at least in Denver, he's playing 4 shows (an 8:00 and an 11:30 on each of two nights-- WTF?) at an 1,800 seat club. Arguably, if you'd pay $100 to see him from the back of a stadium, you'd pay twice that to see him in a small club, right?

Right?
 
2013-03-23 12:09:25 PM  

LessO2: Face value tickets going for around $250.   For PRINCE.

/pass


People will pay it.

//Not me, but just saying.
 
2013-03-23 12:10:38 PM  
ZeroCorpse

Wow. Have you gone off your rocker? Please tell me that was satire.

Also, if the "new" prince wasn't a fan of playing/writing the sexy songs, what about "Kiss" ? that was released in the late 1980's or early 90's right?
 
2013-03-23 12:24:40 PM  

nason4: Your Average Witty Fark User: LessO2: Face value tickets going for around $250.   For PRINCE.

/pass

Yeah, fark this. He can't possibly think he's going to sell out venues at $250+ fees.

Well San Francisco sold out all 4 shows rather quickly.


And the venue size? I'm not in SF.
 
2013-03-23 01:10:38 PM  

KrispyKritter: After we recently read of Prince's destructive behavior and uncaring attitude shown toward a fellow musicians electric guitar on a TV appearance I've lost huge respect. Fark him, fark him right in the A. You're going to be a dooshbag, you're going to get called out on it.


This x 2
 
2013-03-23 01:14:13 PM  

ZeroCorpse: Oh, how nice of you, Subby! You gave me a setup and everything..!

snip


Right. We all know that Paul is dead too. Replaced by a double at the behest of MI6. And John and George weren't killed by a madman and cancer respectively, but by MI6 agents who believed they were going to tell truth about Paul's double. Mmm-hmm.

/saw some stupid documentary about it on Netflix, so it must be true!
 
2013-03-23 01:19:28 PM  
Reading ZeroCorpse's post was sort of like that moment where Shelley Duvall reads what Nicholson has been typing.
 
2013-03-23 01:39:44 PM  

someonelse: Reading ZeroCorpse's post was sort of like that moment where Shelley Duvall reads what Nicholson has been typing.


SOMEONELSE! GIMME THE BAT! Give me the bat, someonelse! I'm not gonna hurt you.
 
2013-03-23 01:43:38 PM  

Third_Uncle_Eno: ZeroCorpse

Wow. Have you gone off your rocker? Please tell me that was satire.

Also, if the "new" prince wasn't a fan of playing/writing the sexy songs, what about "Kiss" ? that was released in the late 1980's or early 90's right?


1. As usual, I leave it up to the reader to determine the answer to your first question.
2. "Kiss" is not a sexy song when compared to "Erotic City", "Sister", "Head", "Jack U Off", or "DMSR". Kiss is tame.
 
2013-03-23 02:31:05 PM  
Believe and say what you will.  I love Prince and always have.  I'm sure there is a support group for me, but I honestly mean it.  I do not believe that he is dead, and if I had the opportunity to see him perform live, I sure would.  But not for $250.
 
2013-03-23 03:11:34 PM  

Your Average Witty Fark User: LessO2: Face value tickets going for around $250.   For PRINCE.

/pass

Yeah, fark this. He can't possibly think he's going to sell out venues at $250+ fees.


I guarantee he will.  Serious.
 
2013-03-23 03:30:06 PM  
$250 for a Prince show is a bargain. Dude can still wail on vocals and shred the crap out of guitar, and his shows last over 3 hours!
 
2013-03-23 03:39:31 PM  

FuryOfFirestorm: $250 for a Prince show is a bargain. Dude can still wail on vocals and shred the crap out of guitar, and his shows last over 3 hours!


He recently destroyed an Epiphone and then acted like a spoiled coont about it. Also, his last tour didn't get the type of reviews that would cause me to blow $300 on a ticket. Shows were short, and not very good. This isn't one disgruntled person, this was many, many people in different cities.
 
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