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2021-06-07 11:31:26 AM  
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2021-06-07 2:23:46 PM  

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's okay.....I'm too drunk
 
2021-06-07 2:24:39 PM  
Cory Henry Performs Purple Rain W/ Metropole Orchestra Live at North Sea Jazz Festival 2017
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2021-06-07 2:29:03 PM  
Game... Blouses.
 
2021-06-07 2:29:53 PM  
As a Minnesotan and child of the 80s, I ain't gonna lie, when Prince died, I had to pull over to the side of the road and listen to the radio report have a little cry.
 
2021-06-07 2:34:26 PM  
I'm too Purple too cry..........
 
2021-06-07 2:36:07 PM  
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Pancakes!
 
2021-06-07 2:39:51 PM  
"They kicked our ass".

-Eddie Murphy
 
2021-06-07 2:40:09 PM  
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2021-06-07 2:44:19 PM  
Can't we stop greening every damn story about the farking royal family
 
2021-06-07 2:49:08 PM  
James Brown calls Michael Jackson & Prince on the stage.
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2021-06-07 2:52:23 PM  

The Pope of Manwich Village: As a Minnesotan and child of the 80s, I ain't gonna lie, when Prince died, I had to pull over to the side of the road and listen to the radio report have a little cry.


My friend, knowing I'm a Prince fan, called to tell me the news. I went into instant denial.  I didn't so much as shed a tear, and for the first 24 hours, I refused to acknowledge it to the point people started worrying about me.

The next day, I was driving downtown to work, and stopped at a red light that faces one of those electric billboards that changes ads every few seconds. It was pouring rain, the radio was on, and pretty much every radio station was playing Prince nonstop that day.  So what happened next shouldn't be too surprising.

But just as the radio played the first organ chord of Let's Go Crazy - and I mean to the split second - the billboard lit up purple, with no text, just a stark image of Prince's symbol.

That did it. I broke down weeping like a baby, people started honking at me to move, and I had to pull over to get a hold of myself.  I will never forget that as long as I live.
 
2021-06-07 3:02:16 PM  
I was at work when the first reports of someone dying at Paisley Park came through and I had a bad feeling.  It was either going to be Prince or some sort of Phil Spector-like deal and neither one was going to be good.  And I am almost ashamed to say this: As with Michael Jackson I hoped it was drugs and not as a result of being within a few weeks of my age.  I felt really bad for him (and MJ and Elvis) that they got themselves into a position where no one in their life could tell them what they were doing was going to end badly.  And maybe that wouldn't have even helped.  I biked downtown to see an enormous crowd outside of First Ave where someone had painted his star gold.  It was a pretty emotional few days.
 
2021-06-07 3:04:59 PM  
I did not know he was dead.

/Or I had forgotten about it
 
2021-06-07 3:06:13 PM  

talkertopc: I did not know he was dead.

/Or I had forgotten about it


Really got your finger on the pulse, huh dude?
 
2021-06-07 3:07:47 PM  
Prince will always be cooler than Michael Jackson.

/Too bad I never saw him in concert.
//Although I've seen Morris Day twice.
 
2021-06-07 3:09:27 PM  
He was the greatest entertainer of his generation.

Shredder level guitarist.
Song writer.
Singer.
Dancer.
Actor.

Bowie, Jagger and Jackson could all do one or two of those things but not all of them.
 
2021-06-07 3:15:34 PM  
Really?  Someone gave me a funny vote?

Yeesh.

You know what's not cool?  Being a sicko who is into little boys.
 
2021-06-07 3:20:23 PM  

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It's crazy to think how none of those three are alive anymore.
 
2021-06-07 3:34:01 PM  
You folks who have/had an abnormal connection with Prince and his songs must have had a very limited musical exposure during your formative years.  He wasn't that good.
 
2021-06-07 3:36:12 PM  

chrisco123: You folks who have/had an abnormal connection with Prince and his songs must have had a very limited musical exposure during your formative years.  He wasn't that good.


As someone who goes to an average of over 5 live concerts or festivals a year, in many different genres, and who has played 4 different instruments, you are wrong, so very, very wrong.
 
2021-06-07 3:39:25 PM  
1. Plays all 128 instruments
2. ???
3. Fark: Shredder level guitarist.
 
2021-06-07 3:40:56 PM  

chrisco123: You folks who have/had an abnormal connection with Prince and his songs must have had a very limited musical exposure during your formative years.  He wasn't that good.


Let's hear your thoughts on who is better.
 
2021-06-07 3:44:20 PM  

Tenga: "They kicked our ass".

-Eddie Charlie Murphy

 
2021-06-07 3:44:24 PM  

dothemath: He was the greatest entertainer of his generation.

Shredder level guitarist.
Song writer.
Singer.
Dancer.
Actor.

Bowie, Jagger and Jackson could all do one or two of those things but not all of them.


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Bowie WAS the Goblin King.
 
2021-06-07 3:44:37 PM  

dothemath: He was the greatest entertainer of his generation.

Shredder level guitarist.
Song writer.
Singer.
Dancer.
Actor.

Bowie, Jagger and Jackson could all do one or two of those things but not all of them.


He also had a preternatural mastery of pretty much every instrument he laid his hands on. When I saw him on the Rainbow Bridge tour, he did a mini-set just singing and playing the grand piano.  It's tough to put into words, but let's just say he is every bit the pianist as he is a guitarist.

And while it isn't too uncommon for a musician to have enough of a working knowledge to play all the instruments on his album, only Prince could do it without sounding like he's just getting by on drums or bass or whatever instruments stray too far from his primary vocation.  Prince's solo albums sounded every bit as professional on every instrument as do his albums with a band backing him.
 
2021-06-07 3:46:29 PM  

MythDragon: dothemath: He was the greatest entertainer of his generation.

Shredder level guitarist.
Song writer.
Singer.
Dancer.
Actor.

Bowie, Jagger and Jackson could all do one or two of those things but not all of them.

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Bowie WAS the Goblin King.


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2021-06-07 3:46:54 PM  

Uncle Pooky: chrisco123: You folks who have/had an abnormal connection with Prince and his songs must have had a very limited musical exposure during your formative years.  He wasn't that good.

Let's hear your thoughts on who is better.


Lets not.

People rarely start off by saying something dumb and then only get smarter.
 
2021-06-07 3:48:59 PM  

The_Sponge: Prince will always be cooler than Michael Jackson.

/Too bad I never saw him in concert.
//Although I've seen Morris Day twice.


Say what you will about MJ.  Up to Thriller, no one could touch him.

The Jackson Five is the only true "boy band" that I will still listen to.  Part of it was the unparalleled song writing wizardry of Berry Gordy, but for the most part, it was the raw power and emotion that MJ brought to those early J5 songs.

And the dude was like 12.
 
2021-06-07 3:49:07 PM  
Being from Minnesota, you'd have an occasional Prince sighting or maybe an impromptu concert deal downtown, but one of the greatest musical nights of my life was being invited to Paisely Park for one of his private concerts.

My girlfriend at the time, her brother was building a deck onto Prince's house in Chanhassen. Prince came out to check on progress and was apparently pleased, because he offered her brother 6 spots on the VIP Guest List that night - my girlfriend and I and two of our friends took 4 of the spots.

As we were instructed, we got to Paisely Park around 1 am and were ushered into the loading dock area with about 50 other people and there we waited and waited...and waited.

The stage was - POW - right there, basically just a 12" riser. It was covered with silk pillows and simple purple lighting. When the band finally came out around 3:30 am (with Michael Bland on drums and Larry Graham on bass), they were all dressed in white silk men's pajamas. Then, Prince came out in purple silk men's pajamas. I was standing, no shiat, about arm's length away from him and, even with him standing on that riser, I was still almost looking him right in the eyes.

They sounded amazing. About an hour in, Prince says "I wonder if our friend is awake and wants to come out and play a song with us?"

Out walks Sheryl Crow in silk men's pajamas. Are you farking kidding me right now? They jammed for a few songs and this tiny crowd went nuts.

He was in a really great mood and was so frickin' funny, telling stories and goofing around with people as the night progressed. He told a story about going to see Santana play and seeing his guitar pick and it was "the size of a Dorito." That was really funny.

They played until about 5:30 am and then we left and went to Perkins for breakfast, then home for a shower/change and straight to work without going to bed.
 
2021-06-07 3:50:32 PM  

chrisco123: You folks who have/had an abnormal connection with Prince and his songs must have had a very limited musical exposure during your formative years.  He wasn't that good.


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2021-06-07 3:50:55 PM  

gilgigamesh: dothemath: He was the greatest entertainer of his generation.

Shredder level guitarist.
Song writer.
Singer.
Dancer.
Actor.

Bowie, Jagger and Jackson could all do one or two of those things but not all of them.

He also had a preternatural mastery of pretty much every instrument he laid his hands on. When I saw him on the Rainbow Bridge tour, he did a mini-set just singing and playing the grand piano.  It's tough to put into words, but let's just say he is every bit the pianist as he is a guitarist.

And while it isn't too uncommon for a musician to have enough of a working knowledge to play all the instruments on his album, only Prince could do it without sounding like he's just getting by on drums or bass or whatever instruments stray too far from his primary vocation.  Prince's solo albums sounded every bit as professional on every instrument as do his albums with a band backing him.


Yeah.
He was a once in a generation genius. Period.

I mention the guitar only because Im a guitarist and I dont think he gets mentioned enough when the topic comes up. He is in the same category as Slash and Jimmy Page, skills wise.
 
2021-06-07 3:53:50 PM  

chrisco123: You folks who have/had an abnormal connection with Prince and his songs must have had a very limited musical exposure during your formative years.  He wasn't that good.


These threads are usually full of musicians speaking with awe about someone of unequalled talent in their profession.  Maybe you didn't like him personally.

And that's fine.  We all have our differing tastes.

That said, and no offense, but I'm not going to listen to your opinion on whether or not Prince was "that good" any more than I am going to listen to some drunk at the end of a longshoreman's bar loudly belching that "that Eisenstein Relativity guy wasn't so smart."
 
2021-06-07 3:54:35 PM  

The_Sponge: Prince will always be cooler than Michael Jackson.

/Too bad I never saw him in concert.
//Although I've seen Morris Day twice.


Something I always found strange about Prince and Michael Jackson: Michael Jackson used to be this nice, Jehova's Witness boy. Prince was someone you would never let near your kids. And then they switched.
 
2021-06-07 3:56:43 PM  

The Pope of Manwich Village: Being from Minnesota, you'd have an occasional Prince sighting or maybe an impromptu concert deal downtown, but one of the greatest musical nights of my life was being invited to Paisely Park for one of his private concerts.

My girlfriend at the time, her brother was building a deck onto Prince's house in Chanhassen. Prince came out to check on progress and was apparently pleased, because he offered her brother 6 spots on the VIP Guest List that night - my girlfriend and I and two of our friends took 4 of the spots.

As we were instructed, we got to Paisely Park around 1 am and were ushered into the loading dock area with about 50 other people and there we waited and waited...and waited.

The stage was - POW - right there, basically just a 12" riser. It was covered with silk pillows and simple purple lighting. When the band finally came out around 3:30 am (with Michael Bland on drums and Larry Graham on bass), they were all dressed in white silk men's pajamas. Then, Prince came out in purple silk men's pajamas. I was standing, no shiat, about arm's length away from him and, even with him standing on that riser, I was still almost looking him right in the eyes.

They sounded amazing. About an hour in, Prince says "I wonder if our friend is awake and wants to come out and play a song with us?"

Out walks Sheryl Crow in silk men's pajamas. Are you farking kidding me right now? They jammed for a few songs and this tiny crowd went nuts.

He was in a really great mood and was so frickin' funny, telling stories and goofing around with people as the night progressed. He told a story about going to see Santana play and seeing his guitar pick and it was "the size of a Dorito." That was really funny.

They played until about 5:30 am and then we left and went to Perkins for breakfast, then home for a shower/change and straight to work without going to bed.


Good story. Thanks for sharing.
 
2021-06-07 3:59:18 PM  

dothemath: He was the greatest entertainer of his generation.

Shredder level guitarist.
Song writer.
Singer.
Dancer.
Actor.

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Bowie, Jagger and Jackson could all do one or two of those things but not all of them.
 
2021-06-07 4:01:01 PM  
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2021-06-07 4:07:24 PM  
I've probably told this story here before, but it is still the coolest Prince experience among my old friends in MPLS.  Some of my art school pals had a scenic company, doing sets and props for commercials and film production, such as it was, in Minneapolis.  They did some wok on Prince's films and videos.  One time they had to redecorate a studio at Paisley for some event, and my friend was engaged to paint a mural on the walls. She was almost done and just needed one all-nighter to finish.  She loaded in all her materials and got to work.  Prince came in and sat on the floor and played music for her all night as she worked.
 
2021-06-07 4:12:03 PM  
 
2021-06-07 4:12:18 PM  

Subtonic: Can't we stop greening every damn story about the farking royal family


I really needed this laugh. Thank you
 
2021-06-07 4:16:04 PM  
Imagine being so emotionally attached to a stranger that a year after their death you're still bent out of shape.
 
2021-06-07 4:22:17 PM  

DeathByGeekSquad: Imagine being so emotionally attached to a stranger that a year after their death you're still bent out of shape.


Clearly you've never heard of Selena.
 
2021-06-07 4:23:49 PM  

DeathByGeekSquad: Imagine being so emotionally attached to a stranger that a year after their death you're still bent out of shape.


A year?  He's been dead for 5 years.  But the 63rd birthday is such a milestone I guess we needed an article about him.

chrisco123: You folks who have/had an abnormal connection with Prince and his songs must have had a very limited musical exposure during your formative years.  He wasn't that good.


So overrated.  Everyone talks about how he was some sort of virtuoso and played a bunch of instruments, well so what.  That didn't translate into good songs.
 
2021-06-07 4:31:14 PM  

dark brew: DeathByGeekSquad: Imagine being so emotionally attached to a stranger that a year after their death you're still bent out of shape.

A year?  He's been dead for 5 years.  But the 63rd birthday is such a milestone I guess we needed an article about him.

chrisco123: You folks who have/had an abnormal connection with Prince and his songs must have had a very limited musical exposure during your formative years.  He wasn't that good.

So overrated.  Everyone talks about how he was some sort of virtuoso and played a bunch of instruments, well so what.  That didn't translate into good songs.


Arguing over peoples taste in music is useless.  Prince wasn't overrated because everyone has their own rating system and their rating system is correct.
 
2021-06-07 4:34:30 PM  
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2021-06-07 4:35:06 PM  

dark brew: DeathByGeekSquad: Imagine being so emotionally attached to a stranger that a year after their death you're still bent out of shape.

A year?  He's been dead for 5 years.  But the 63rd birthday is such a milestone I guess we needed an article about him.

chrisco123: You folks who have/had an abnormal connection with Prince and his songs must have had a very limited musical exposure during your formative years.  He wasn't that good.

So overrated.  Everyone talks about how he was some sort of virtuoso and played a bunch of instruments, well so what.  That didn't translate into good songs.


cool story.
 
2021-06-07 4:35:51 PM  

DeathByGeekSquad: Imagine being so emotionally attached to a stranger that a year after their death you're still bent out of shape.


Imagine being so desperate to have people listen to you that you insult people who get emotionally attached to things to try and get a rise from them.
 
2021-06-07 4:38:21 PM  
Hot take.   Prince's early stuff is underrated.  Nothing like a guy just barely on the scene casually taking the music of the day and doing it better than anyone else at the time and it not even being what would eventually become his genre.

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2021-06-07 4:45:11 PM  

dark brew: chrisco123: You folks who have/had an abnormal connection with Prince and his songs must have had a very limited musical exposure during your formative years.  He wasn't that good.


So overrated.  Everyone talks about how he was some sort of virtuoso and played a bunch of instruments, well so what.  That didn't translate into good songs.


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2021-06-07 4:55:17 PM  

dark brew: DeathByGeekSquad: Imagine being so emotionally attached to a stranger that a year after their death you're still bent out of shape.

A year?  He's been dead for 5 years.  But the 63rd birthday is such a milestone I guess we needed an article about him.

chrisco123: You folks who have/had an abnormal connection with Prince and his songs must have had a very limited musical exposure during your formative years.  He wasn't that good.

So overrated.  Everyone talks about how he was some sort of virtuoso and played a bunch of instruments, well so what.  That didn't translate into good songs.


Instead of celebrating the joy someone's music and life brought other's you choose to disparage them and their fans. You and others who do that are shiatty people and can go fark yourselves.
 
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