Well, my world has stopped with the news of another legend gone. Prince or, Prince Rogers Nelson was found this morning in his Paisley Park estate which is in Minnesota. We don’t know the cause of death yet, but we do know that he had cancelled a few recent performances due to his health and his private jet was forced to make an emergency landing last week on his way home from Atlanta.
He was born in Minneapolis.
He was rock. He was pop. He was funk.
He had 39 studio albums.
He released TWO albums last year HITNRUN Phase One and Two
He’s one of the most bootlegged artists in rock n roll.
He was #27 on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artists List:
He was forbidden from many households with his provocative lyrics & image – and the look on my mother’s face said it all when my dance teacher growing up told me I’d go to dance competition for my solo, dancing to the song 319 – which begins with the lyrics take off your clothes, 319…
I’m not even kidding you, half of my child hood dance numbers were choreographed to a Prince song. It’s about That Walk…Kiss… I was lucky enough to see him in concert twice. Once, with my entire dance crew at the Air Canada Centre, and once at Budweiser Gardens here in London. He was an amazing performer and don’t even get me started on his guitar skills.
Here’s a few quotes about his work:
In the first five songs (on his album) Sign ‘O’ the Times, he sprawls across James Brown, Joni Mitchell, Pink Floyd, the Beatles and Curtis Mayfield in five easy swoops and maintains his own identity.
Anyone who seen Eminem’s biopic, 8 Mile, if they’re over 35, the first words out of their mouth are, “Oh, I liked that film the first time I saw it back in the Eighties. It was this Prince movie called Purple Rain.”
Just last month…he stood in a pinstripe suit on a balcony in a cramped Manhattan Club and asked the crowd:
I hope we’ll still get a chance to read that…
FM96 5 @ 5 Today:
Rest In Peace, Prince
Torn and listening to Purple Rain in between songs…
I will miss a good friend who was so talented. He was such a great performer / guitar player. Sleep well Prince pic.twitter.com/4EZLFyGw9X
— Ronnie Wood (@ronniewood) April 21, 2016
So sad to hear of Prince’s passing; one of the greatest musical talents of my lifetime. Maybe of the 20th century. RIP. — Slash (@Slash) April 21, 2016
I’m in shock and deeply saddened- just found out Prince died. RIP to one of the MOST talented and unique artists of our generation…
— Chris Cornell (@chriscornell) April 21, 2016