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Title: RIP Prince
Post by: Dan on April 21, 2016, 01:31:01 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/22/arts/music/prince-dead.html

I know quite a few on here will be devastated.
Title: Re: RIP Prince
Post by: Chris on April 21, 2016, 01:40:12 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/22/arts/music/prince-dead.html

I know quite a few on here will be devastated.

Someone just played "I Would Die 4 U" in our office and changed his name back to The Artist Formerly Known As Prince. Stay classy, co-workers!
Title: Re: RIP Prince
Post by: Butter on April 21, 2016, 01:48:33 PM
This both sucks and blows.  Someone on another site posted this, from the Rock and Roll HoF induction ceremony in 2004... Prince starts destroying everyone else on stage at about 3:30.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SFNW5F8K9Y
Title: Re: RIP Prince
Post by: euro60 on April 21, 2016, 01:53:23 PM
This is shocking. First David Bowie, out of the blue. Now this, completely unexpected as well.

Anyone know what the cause of death was?
Title: Re: RIP Prince
Post by: Butter on April 21, 2016, 02:05:46 PM
Supposedly he had been sick with the flu in recent days, but I don't think anyone knows yet.
Title: Re: RIP Prince
Post by: Butter on April 21, 2016, 03:09:41 PM
Let's Watch Prince's Super Bowl Halftime Show, The Best We've Ever Seen (http://deadspin.com/lets-watch-princes-super-bowl-halftime-show-the-best-w-1772302774)
Title: Re: RIP Prince
Post by: va-vacious on April 21, 2016, 04:18:36 PM
So much sadness. :(
Evidently he was in the recording studio. At least he was at home and not on the road.
Title: Re: RIP Prince
Post by: MissKitty on April 22, 2016, 08:40:44 AM
In the 80s and 90s I can honestly say I was not a big fan of Prince - I mean, I liked some of his stuff (Delirious and When You Were Mine are fucking ACES ALL THE WAY) - but it wasn't until I saw him live that I "got it," and I have CR to thank for that. I had been on the fence about going but he and the two friends we went with cajoled me into it.

At the time, 80 quid seemed a lot of money to pay out for someone I was rather ambivalent about, but I am SO GLAD the three of them talked me into going.

Prince sold out 21 nights at London's O2 Arena and we bought tickets for the closing night. Upon entry, attendants gave everyone glow sticks, which apparently they hadn't done on previous nights (at least according to those around us who had already attended one or more of the other nights). Everyone was told that Prince would tell us when to crack the glow sticks, which he did for Purple Rain. What a sight it was to see 10K+ people in the round, all waving purple glow sticks in unison! Bloody brilliant and still brings tears to my eyes when I think about it.

Prince played for 3 1/2 hours and I was astonished at how many songs of his I knew (and I have never in my life owned a single Prince album - but CR owns enough of them for the both of us). And I was even more astonished at just what a phenomenal performer he was. He gave the audience 110 percent, easily, and probably could have given us another 3 1/2 hours if the venue would have let him. As it was, we heard he went to some small club afterward and played for another couple of hours, just to unwind.

Of all the shows I have ever seen - and I've seen quite a few over the years - that Prince show at the O2 is easily in my top five of all time. I just can't quite believe we'll never get a chance to see him perform again.
Title: Re: RIP Prince
Post by: Kwyjibo on April 22, 2016, 09:16:22 AM
This both sucks and blows.  Someone on another site posted this, from the Rock and Roll HoF induction ceremony in 2004... Prince starts destroying everyone else on stage at about 3:30.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SFNW5F8K9Y

Whoa.  I love that you don't even know he's there until he starts making everybody else on stage seem irrelevant.  The "what the fuck did I just watch" face that Dhani Harrison is making at 4:45 says it all.  Prince's exit is smooth as hell.
Title: Re: RIP Prince
Post by: Zafer Kaya on April 22, 2016, 12:25:43 PM
Now he can always see the sun.... Day... or NIGHT!!!!

He wrote a tear-jerky gospel song with a metal guitar solo in it about "purple rain."  Then made it the centerpiece of an album and a movie where the iconic moment would be him playing the song while sporting a hot perm and wearing a pirate blouse. 

It worked.  That's how much of a genius he was.
Title: Re: RIP Prince
Post by: dirk on April 22, 2016, 01:03:06 PM
Starting tonight at 6PM their time (7PM Eastern) they are going to be playing every Prince song in alphabetical order (A-W, since apparently there are no Prince songs that start with X,Y, or Z). They estimate it will be about 26 hours of straight Prince.

I was blown away by the MSP reaction to his death. I knew he was a huge deal there, but had no idea how big. In a matter of hours, they organized a mini concert/memorial outside of 1st Avenue, shutting down the street for hours with lots of local big names showing up. Then 1st Ave opened up for HUGE all night dance party. No cover and it went until 7 AM. There were still people waiting to get in at 3AM. I can't think of anyone the Cincinnati would have a similar reaction for.
Title: Re: RIP Prince
Post by: Dan on April 22, 2016, 01:16:21 PM
Starting tonight at 6PM their time (7PM Eastern) they are going to be playing every Prince song in alphabetical order (A-W, since apparently there are no Prince songs that start with X,Y, or Z). They estimate it will be about 26 hours of straight Prince.

Who are "they" in this information?
Title: Re: RIP Prince
Post by: scurvygirl on April 22, 2016, 01:40:05 PM
Starting tonight at 6PM their time (7PM Eastern) they are going to be playing every Prince song in alphabetical order (A-W, since apparently there are no Prince songs that start with X,Y, or Z). They estimate it will be about 26 hours of straight Prince.

Who are "they" in this information?

Probably The Current.
Title: Re: RIP Prince
Post by: dirk on April 22, 2016, 07:43:31 PM
Oops. Yeah,  it's the Current.
Title: Re: RIP Prince
Post by: Kwyjibo on April 24, 2016, 10:32:54 AM
If you didn't watch or DVR SNL last night, check your On Demand for it.  The whole episode was a Prince tribute.
Title: Re: RIP Prince
Post by: Butter on April 25, 2016, 11:09:26 AM
I probably watched like 6 hours of Prince videos this weekend from the various MTV outlets. So many great songs, many that I barely remembered or hadn't even heard before.

"Mountains"
"7"
"Take Me With U"
"Black Sweat"

Late Saturday night, VH1 showed the "long version" of a live concert video where he performed "I Would Die 4 U" and "Baby I'm a Star"... and Baby I'm a Star literally goes on for like 15 minutes. He just goes nuts and has Sheila E. do something like 4 drum solos... at some point, he takes a scarf off and literally rips his shirt open... you can just see the buttons flying off. Prowls the stage for this whole jam session before finally ending it after 20 minutes. It was amazing... Makes me sad I never saw him live.
Title: Re: RIP Prince
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on April 25, 2016, 09:34:48 PM
I still can't believe he's gone. I had a rental car this weekend, and the XM preview station was the Prince tribute channel. I realized that I didn't know many of his songs after the early 90s (i.e. when I moved to North Carolina - I don't think any of the radio stations here played prince other than the newer "play anything" formats - but they stick with the 80s hits). You just can't help to dance to so many of his songs. I've watched clips shared on Facebook - so many performances that I'd never seen before, but again demonstrate what a great artist he was. I've started watching the SNL special, but I'm watching it a clip at a time to make it last longer.

My strongest Prince memories are from Junior High. We could bring in songs to play in Music class, and I remember that Darling Nikki was strictly forbidden. Then Purple Rain was featured quite a bit at one of the seventh grade dances (DJ'ed by our band director). He was one artist that just about everyone in junior high could agree to listen to.
Title: Re: RIP Prince
Post by: Dan on April 26, 2016, 11:01:26 AM
Prince is number 1 on the charts again.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/26/arts/music/prince-death-album-sales-charts.html

Title: Re: RIP Prince
Post by: MissKitty on April 26, 2016, 12:58:29 PM
Prince is number 1 on the charts again.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/26/arts/music/prince-death-album-sales-charts.html

It is heartening to know that fans are actually buying music again. It's too bad it took the death of such a profound performer/artist for it to happen, but it's nice to see. I don't remember this happening with David Bowie, but maybe I just didn't notice?

When I worked in music retail BITD, it was a windfall every time an artist died. For instance, when John Denver died his stuff started flying off the shelves, even though he hadn't had a hit in years. He wasn't even anywhere close to our store's core demographic, but still we sold boxloads.
Title: Re: RIP Prince
Post by: Dan on April 26, 2016, 02:07:42 PM
I think it's mostly because of a) the outpouring of love for him and b) none of his music is available on streaming. And I really think it's mostly b.

If you could find "When Doves Cry" or "1999" on youtube/spotify/etc then I bet there'd be a lot fewer purchases.
Title: Re: RIP Prince
Post by: MissKitty on April 26, 2016, 03:53:04 PM
I hadn't thought of that. I bet you are right.
Title: Re: RIP Prince
Post by: kcneon on April 26, 2016, 09:26:16 PM
It did happen with Bowie following his death, too.  Blackstar was his first Number 1 US album.  And I think he had another album chart. Lack of Prince music for streaming had to contribute, as Dan said. 

But Prince is just another level yet. He's one of those few national treasures. I happened to catch the 5:30 national news when I got home the day he passed.  ABC covered the story for EIGHT minutes!!!!  Wow.  That is a ton of time for 30 minute national news coverage. RIP Prince, we'll miss you and your crazy good talent!

Title: Re: RIP Prince
Post by: Nate on April 29, 2016, 10:34:25 PM
From personal experience, Minneapolis this last week has been like nothing I've ever seen.  Like someone said on the first page, the street outside First Avenue was shut down and about 10,000 people showed up to grieve and celebrate his music.  There were all-night dance parties last weekend too after mainroom shows by Bob Mould (they played 'When You Were Mine' in homage to the purple one). I was not around when Elvis and John Lennon died, but people have said this feels similar.  I'm still in shock, honestly.  I wasn't even a diehard fan! 

I've been posting tons of local stories about Prince on my FB page this week from friends and acquaintances and I'm just going to repeat one here, which has always made me laugh the dozens of times I've told it to friends.  We need laughs.  This year has been terrible for music fans, or moozeekfans even.

"When I was working for Prince in the studio, he called and said to get him qtip. I'm thinking great, where am I supposed to find a qtip, but then remember there are the kind in the recording studio to clean tape heads, so I bring him one of those. He says thanks, closes his office door and immediately calls again (he'd always call instead of just ask you in person). Again, he asks for qtip and hangs up. WTF?! I was young and fairly new and starting to panic, so I call his assistant, even though it was like 2 in the morning. She explains to me the rapper Q-Tip is in town and he wants to see him. Thaaaaanks! This is what happens when you hire white boys."
Title: Re: RIP Prince
Post by: c-lando on July 14, 2016, 08:39:27 AM
From personal experience, Minneapolis this last week has been like nothing I've ever seen.  Like someone said on the first page, the street outside First Avenue was shut down and about 10,000 people showed up to grieve and celebrate his music.  There were all-night dance parties last weekend too after mainroom shows by Bob Mould (they played 'When You Were Mine' in homage to the purple one). I was not around when Elvis and John Lennon died, but people have said this feels similar.  I'm still in shock, honestly.  I wasn't even a diehard fan! 

I've been posting tons of local stories about Prince on my FB page this week from friends and acquaintances and I'm just going to repeat one here, which has always made me laugh the dozens of times I've told it to friends.  We need laughs.  This year has been terrible for music fans, or moozeekfans even.

"When I was working for Prince in the studio, he called and said to get him qtip. I'm thinking great, where am I supposed to find a qtip, but then remember there are the kind in the recording studio to clean tape heads, so I bring him one of those. He says thanks, closes his office door and immediately calls again (he'd always call instead of just ask you in person). Again, he asks for qtip and hangs up. WTF?! I was young and fairly new and starting to panic, so I call his assistant, even though it was like 2 in the morning. She explains to me the rapper Q-Tip is in town and he wants to see him. Thaaaaanks! This is what happens when you hire white boys."
I'm just now seeing this. So hilarious.
Title: Re: RIP Prince
Post by: c-lando on October 04, 2019, 10:40:06 AM
For anyone who hasn't been deep into Prince's catalog but absolutely loves to listen to his guitar solo at the R&R Hall of Fame:

https://youtu.be/RdQqxHW5F5c

It does not get sexier than this song, if you're into sexy songs.
It THROBS, PULSATES. Jeeebus.