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Thread started 06/23/11 12:58pm

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Figaro Interview (French)!

Nothing scandalous in France.

But here, he said also that he decided not to record any more because of the record industry and the digital technology of the studios that has become too complicated.

His band consists of 8 musicians and the show can last 3 hours non-stop with 300 songs to choose from... He's listening to Andy Allo a lot at the moment...

http://www.lefigaro.fr/musique/2011/06/23/03006-20110623ARTFIG00628-prince-le-stade-de-france-va-vibrer.php

Prince : «Le Stade de France va vibrer»

Par Jean-Luc Wachthausen 23/06/2011 | Mise à jour : 18:15

Accompagné par un nouveau groupe de huit musiciens, le guitariste et chanteur promet un show de trois heures non-stop, jeudi prochain.

Veste indienne sombre, cheveux courts impeccablement coupés, discrets brillants sur l'oreille droite, Prince Roger Nelson, 53 ans, est sagement attablé au premier étage d'un restaurant très mode des Champs-Élysées. La voix est douce, le propos sobre et posé. Comme beaucoup de musiciens américains, il se sent bien à Paris où il a vécu quelques mois. Rescapé des années 1980, il a mis de côté sa carrière discographique pour se consacrer entièrement à la scène. Deux ans après ses shows flamboyants au Grand Palais (All Day All Night), ce musicien prolixe part à la conquête du Stade de France, où il donnera un concert jeudi prochain.

LE FIGARO. - Vous revenez d'une tournée des grandes salles aux États-Unis. Le Stade de France, est-ce votre nouveau challenge?

PRINCE. - Non, juste l'envie d'offrir au public le meilleur de moi-même et de ma musique. J'aime bien prendre des risques, oser ce que les autres n'osent pas faire en décidant ça à la dernière minute, dans l'urgence, il y a à peine plus d'un mois. Le Stade de France va vibrer: j'arrive avec un supergroupe de huit musiciens (dont John Blackwell aux claviers et Ida, une bassiste d'origine danoise), une musique entièrement nouvelle et un vaste répertoire de trois cents chansons dans lesquels je puiserai au gré de l'inspiration.

Vous prévoyez un grand show?

Non, je n'aime pas la débauche d'effets spéciaux. Juste des lumières et de la bonne musique. C'est un show très physique. J'ai décidé de me consacrer entièrement à la scène, au «live». Si le public a de l'énergie, j'en aurai aussi. On peut jouer trois heures non-stop. Avec mes musiciens, on essaie à chaque concert de concevoir un programme sur-mesure. Récemment à Los Angeles, on a fait six rappels.

L'album de 2009, Lotus Flower, en version téléchargeable, a été diversement apprécié. Trop riche, trop compliqué?

Sans doute. J'ai décidé de ne plus enregistrer, de ne plus traiter avec l'industrie du disque. Je veux prendre du recul, la technologie numérique devient trop compliquée. En studio, on perd vite sa spontanéité musicale, on finit par tourner en rond, même si je contrôle tout. Le processus de création, c'est autre chose que l'impression d'une machine à laver qui tourne tous les jours. Il y manque le cœur. On me reproche de mettre trop de notes dans mes compositions. C'est aussi ce que le roi reprochait à Mozart dans le film que j'adore, Amadeus de Milos Forman (sourires).

Miles Davis ne tarissait pas d'éloge sur vous. Vous inspire-t-il toujours?

Bien sûr. Chacun de ses concerts était une porte ouverte sur l'inconnu. À partir d'un ou deux thèmes, il était capable d'improviser longuement avec ses partenaires qu'il avait l'art de maîtriser et de libérer. Je suis aussi très proche de mes musiciens, très complice. Ensemble, on essaie de capter et de prolonger ces moments magiques qui vont plus loin qu'un simple concert.

Pas de répertoire précis, donc?

Chaque soir, on puise parmi les trois cents thèmes en réserve. Par exemple, l'intro de Purple Rain ne change pas, mais toutes les variations sont possibles dans le développement du thème. De même pour Little Red Corvette, on peut improviser sans fin, jouer le thème deux minutes pour s'évader ensuite six minutes.

Vous avez voulu que 7000 tickets soient vendus à prix réduits (35 €)pour votre concert de jeudi. Est-ce pour mieux remplir le Stade de France?

Je ne connais pas encore tous les chiffres de la billetterie, mais j'ai confiance en mes fans. C'est vrai que j'ai souhaité que des places à prix réduits soient mises en vente pour permettre à ceux qui en ont moins les moyens d'assister à mon concert. J'ai fait récemment la même chose au Madison Square Garden à New York en proposant des tickets à 30 dollars. Il n'y a rien d'exceptionnel à cela.

Comment voyez-vous le monde aujourd'hui?

Je suis un optimiste. Je lis beaucoup la Bible qui est très réconfortante pour la vie quotidienne.

Votre artiste du moment?

J'écoute beaucoup Andy Allo, une jeune chanteuse néosoul d'origine camerounaise…

Get sexy sex, get funky at... The ORANGE Park - Funky President, people, it's bad!
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Reply #1 posted 06/23/11 1:24pm

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French to English translation google

Accompanied by a new group of eight musicians, guitarist and singer promises a show three hours non-stop, Thursday.

Indian jacket dark, short hair neatly cut, discrete bright on the right ear, Prince Roger Nelson, 53, is quietly seated on the first floor of a trendy restaurant on the Champs-Elysees. The voice is soft, the sober and asked about. Like many American musicians, it feels good in Paris where he lived for several months. Survivor of the 1980s, he put aside his recording career to devote himself entirely to the scene. Two years after its flamboyant shows at the Great Hall (All Day All Night), the prolific musician to conquer the Stade de France, where he will perform next Thursday.

LE FIGARO. - You return from a tour of large venues in the United States. The Stade de France, is this your new challenge?

PRINCE. - No, just the desire to offer the public the best of myself and my music. I like to take risks, to dare what others dare not do it by deciding at the last minute, in a hurry, there are just over a month. The Stade de France will vibrate: I arrive with a supergroup of eight musicians (including John Blackwell on keyboards and Ida, a Danish-born bassist), an entirely new music and a vast repertoire of three hundred songs in which I draw from the appreciate the inspiration.

Planning a big show?

No, I do not like the abundance of special effects. Just lights and good music. It is a very physical show. I decided to devote myself entirely to the scene, the "live". If the public has the energy, I will have too. You can play three hours non-stop. With my musicians, we try at every concert to design a program tailor-made. Recently in Los Angeles, it has been six recalls.

The album of 2009, Lotus Flower and download it, has been variously appreciated. Too rich, too complicated?

No doubt. I decided not to save, not to deal with the record industry. I want to step back, digital technology is too complicated. In the studio, it quickly loses its spontaneity music, you end up going round in circles, even if I control everything. The creative process is something else that felt like a washing machine that runs every day. It lacks the heart. I was accused of putting too many notes in my compositions. This is also what the king criticized Mozart in the film that I love, Amadeus by Milos Forman (smiles).

Miles Davis was full of praise about you. Inspires you there forever?

Of course. Every concert was a gateway to the unknown. From one or two themes, he was able to improvise at length with his partners he had the art of mastering and release. I am also very close to my musicians, very accomplice. Together, we try to capture and extend these magic moments that go beyond a simple concert.

No specific directory, then?

Every evening, one draws from the three hundred subjects in reserve. For example, the intro to Purple Rain does not change, but all variations are possible in the development of the theme. The same goes for Little Red Corvette, you can improvise endlessly, playing the theme to escape two minutes later six minutes.

You wanted 7000 tickets are sold at reduced prices (35 €) for your concert on Thursday. Is it better to fill the Stade de France?

I do not yet know all the digits of the ticket, but I trust my fans. It's true that I wanted tickets discounts are offered for sale to allow those who can least afford to attend my concert. I recently did the same thing at Madison Square Garden in New York by offering tickets at $ 30. There is nothing exceptional about that.

How do you see the world today?

I am an optimist. I read the Bible a lot that is very comforting to everyday life.

Your artist of the moment?

I listen a lot Andy Allo, a young singer from Cameroon néosoul ...
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Reply #2 posted 06/23/11 1:26pm

xLiberiangirl

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Well this is what I call, a good interview. Only music. good.

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Reply #3 posted 06/23/11 3:44pm

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Now, Prince, please comitt this interview & your answers to memory. A person can show a "sermon" better than giving one. cool

Prince's Sarah
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Reply #4 posted 06/23/11 4:11pm

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xLiberiangirl said:

Well this is what I call, a good interview. Only music. good.

But not half as entertaining as the British one! evillol

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything." --Plato
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Reply #5 posted 06/23/11 4:11pm

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Thank you DigitalGardener.

If you seek only love’s pleasure... you shall laugh..but not all of your laughter, and cry.. but not all of your tears…
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Reply #6 posted 06/23/11 4:17pm

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Don't discounted tickets for poorer fans mormally get offered up BEFORE they had to buy the expensive ones!?!? Douche.

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Reply #7 posted 06/23/11 4:18pm

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purplethunder3121 said:

xLiberiangirl said:

Well this is what I call, a good interview. Only music. good.

But not half as entertaining as the British one! evillol

Yeah, that's true. lol

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Reply #8 posted 06/23/11 10:34pm

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U R NOT BETTER THAN ANYONE NOR R U PERFECT!!
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Reply #9 posted 06/23/11 11:38pm

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this is a great interview. Lest he talks about religion and politics more

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Reply #10 posted 06/24/11 3:42am

Trashcat

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Thanks for the translating.

Good interview in my opinion.

Have a look at 'The W2A: Euro Tour Song Survey' http://prince.org/msg/12/362417
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Reply #11 posted 06/24/11 6:02am

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Much better interview and shows his philanthropic/generous side at selling cheaper tickets.

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Reply #12 posted 06/24/11 6:34am

Dsoul

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John Blackwell on keyboards will be novel.

Subjects = songs

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Reply #13 posted 06/24/11 7:42am

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Dsoul said:

John Blackwell on keyboards will be novel.

Subjects = songs

lol

U R NOT BETTER THAN ANYONE NOR R U PERFECT!!
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Reply #14 posted 06/24/11 9:31am

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Better interview...at least no strange talking about religion and islam...

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