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Thread started 11/23/11 7:05am

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New interview with the Vancouver Sun

The wooh is on the one!
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Reply #1 posted 11/23/11 7:43am

umanbing

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I like this interview better than the other one. You could have specified which guitar player Prince. I already know you and Andy are reading my posts. lol
...bing ain't lie.
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Reply #2 posted 11/23/11 7:48am

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I agree. That's one of the better interviews. It wasn't a fawn-fest.

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Reply #3 posted 11/23/11 8:01am

RumAndRaisin

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Prince just used LOL

dear god...

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Reply #4 posted 11/23/11 8:05am

IamFunkay7

He's pretty smart when it comes to getting out there for the concert. I think thats pretty cool though, lol he called out all the "bootleg owners." But its true, atleast he knows the different between his fans. Someone's been reading prince.org threads again, he know he love us, even if we get on his nerves. lol

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Reply #5 posted 11/23/11 8:06am

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He's still a walking contradiction though (and may he never change) saying the "rear view mirror broke a while ago" in the same week he re-works Extraloveable lol

Just somewhere in the middle,
Not too good and not too bad.
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Reply #6 posted 11/23/11 8:16am

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^^ nod and in this interview he stays true to his character. Ida, you are beautiful and you can play your bass guitar. The question Prince should have asked is "have u heard r guitar player Andy Allo.?" The man can be so shallow like the rest of the world who celebrate mediocre entertainers w/ a pretty face and nice ass.
...bing ain't lie.
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Reply #7 posted 11/23/11 8:29am

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Here's the link and article

The Artist now known as Prince remembers glyph fondly

American superstar embarks on 2r of Canada

http://www.vancouversun.com/artist+known+Prince+remembers+glyph+fondly/5751609/story.html#ixzz1eXx2vsqA

Prince is set to bring his royal badness to Canada this week for this most in-depth tour of Canada since 2002.

The Welcome 2 Canada trek, a continuation of a North American tour which began nearly one year ago, finds the seven-time Grammy Award winner at his peak in terms of performance. His concerts regularly run close to three hours, with no shortage of notable moments from his band, the New Power Generation.

Fans will be happy to know that his most famous songs will appear in his set-list, from Raspberry Beret and Purple Rain to Let’s Go Crazy and 1999. Longtime supporters will also revel in the news that he’s throwing curveballs, too. Everything from cover songs (The Ohio Players, James Brown) to songs he wrote for Morris Day and The Time (Jungle Love, The Bird, Cool) are in contention at Prince’s concerts at the moment.

He’s even agreeing to select press interviews, something he hasn’t done with regularity in years.

In typical Prince-like fashion, the mystique is still there. Although he would only consent to an e-mail interview (which is reprinted below with Prince-speak intact), the performer who once confounded those outside his orbit proved to be a willing interviewee.

It just might be the dawning of a new age of Prince.

Q: You and your band used to do “hit-and-runs,” where you would stop in cities unannounced or with very little lead time. And you still do after-parties whenever possible. Do these satisfy a specific aspect of your creative self? Appearing on American Idol or the Super Bowl can do wonders for one’s confidence. So can jamming in a club for 300 rabid fans, I suspect.

A: The musicians we surround ourselves with r extremely talented & never cease 2 surprise, so an aftershow gives us all time to stretch out & build on ideas that could never get fully addressed in an arena setting. In other words, we love 2 jam.

Q: It must be difficult to talk about aspects of your music, especially your lyrics, when what you have created is already an expression unto itself. That said, you have continued to talk with the press — yet the reputation exists that you do not. Do you ever feel like you can’t win? Have you ever felt like giving up on the press altogether? And if you did, would you lose an important voice

A: A journalist knows when they r being genuine & when they r not. The burden is on them 2 engage their audience. Embellishment might accomplish this, but truth is best. 1 well-written article is usually worth 13 bad ones. LOL.

Q: The digital era is full of clear and present danger, especially for artists who subscribe to an Internet-based business model. You have been successful to this point in carving for yourself a path that appears to work on both a financial and artistic level. Are you surprised that others who stand to benefit from a similar moves haven’t followed suit? Is it that difficult to break free from the major label model?

A: Most artists use labels as banks. Any loan, of course, has interest attached to it. New artists 2day would benefit greatly by forming a real union & steering clear of all this. Protecting themselves from the legal piracy that happens within this corrupt system is the greatest advice we can give at this time.

Q: Each concert of yours is unique unto itself. What makes a Prince concert successful from your standpoint?

A: Everything depends on the audience. A smaller crowd of old school heads like to hear unreleased jams because they already own a lot of stuff on bootleg. As opposed 2 a new crowd that may have never seen us b4 & have then been 1/8besotted 3/8 by a friend 2 take the purple pill.

Q: Live energy is contagious: If the band is having fun, almost always fans will have fun, too. In doing long stretches of dates, like your upcoming Canadian trek, is there a secret to keeping it fresh for yourself and your band?

A: The secret is learning as much material as possible. God has blessed us with the talent & we now have a catalog nearly the length of the book War & Peace. Every concert is different. Those who have been 2 several back 2 back can attest to this fact.

Q: What do you think is your boldest move yet as an artist? What do you feel most proud in terms of the path your career has taken?

A: Probably changing my name 2 an unpronounceable symbol 2 escape a restrictive recording contract. At the time, it was more necessary than bold, from r point of view.

Q: For much of the past decade, the focus has been solely on your music, and not what the press perceived to be unusual behaviour of the past. I feel that people missed out on a period of your career when some amazing music was being made, simply because of the drone of tabloid journalism. Though you don’t like to look in the rear-view mirror, everyone has a regret or two in life. What are yours? Everyone can learn from mistakes. Did you from yours?

A: The rear-view mirror got broken a long time ago. Being baptized as 1 of Jehovah’s Witnesses gave me a center & a release from a past way of life. Not much time 4 reflection anyway, have you seen r guitar player?

Q: Is there a genre or style of music that speaks to you more than another? Music is music, it can be argued. But knowing how much you liked to play Jimi Hendrix or Wilson Pickett or John Lee Hooker in the past (even during sound checks), could it be argued that the music of the ‘60s holds a dear spot in your heart?

A: The 60s and 70s were definitely a golden age 4 r generation. But then it could b stated that the 80s were pretty cool 2. Good music transcends time. We could all name at least 25 songs from every decade. Since the dawn of recorded music, all of it speaks 2 us. That’s why people leave so satisfied after 1 of r shows. We love what we do & we hope they will 2. We hope 2 c u somewhere soon.

Concert dates

November 2011

25 — Toronto, Ontario — Air Canada Centre

26 — Toronto, Ontario — Air Canada Centre

30 — Halifax, Nova Scotia — Metro Center

December 2011

2 — Montreal, Quebec — Bell Centre

3 — Ottawa, Ontario — Scotiabank Place

5 — London, Ontario — John Labatt Centre

8 — Winnipeg, Manitoba — MTS Center

13 — Edmonton, Alberta — Rexall Place

14 — Calgary – Scotiabank Saddledome

16 — Vancouver, British Columbia — Rogers Arena

17 — Victoria, British Columbia — Save on Center

19 — Tacoma, WA — Tacoma Dome


[Edited 11/23/11 9:02am]

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Reply #8 posted 11/23/11 8:47am

funkyhead

much prefer this interview where we hear it from the purple horses mouth rather than relying on the memory and daft observations of a journo'. He sounds really chilled and open in this one, the jounolist also asked some decent questions.

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Reply #9 posted 11/23/11 10:07am

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Reply #10 posted 11/23/11 10:13am

Izaak

eek LOL 4-real?

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Reply #11 posted 11/23/11 10:19am

ksujithkarun

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Short, nice and decent. Love it when Prince behaves in this fashion.

Liv 4 Luv
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Reply #12 posted 11/23/11 10:36am

MarquessMarq

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Let's all be shocked when Prince uses "LOL" and act naturally whenever he uses "eye."

confused

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Reply #13 posted 11/23/11 11:10am

HonestMan13

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2elijah said:

Here's the link and article

The Artist now known as Prince remembers glyph fondly

American superstar embarks on 2r of Canada

http://www.vancouversun.com/artist+known+Prince+remembers+glyph+fondly/5751609/story.html#ixzz1eXx2vsqA

Prince is set to bring his royal badness to Canada this week for this most in-depth tour of Canada since 2002.

The Welcome 2 Canada trek, a continuation of a North American tour which began nearly one year ago, finds the seven-time Grammy Award winner at his peak in terms of performance. His concerts regularly run close to three hours, with no shortage of notable moments from his band, the New Power Generation.

Fans will be happy to know that his most famous songs will appear in his set-list, from Raspberry Beret and Purple Rain to Let’s Go Crazy and 1999. Longtime supporters will also revel in the news that he’s throwing curveballs, too. Everything from cover songs (The Ohio Players, James Brown) to songs he wrote for Morris Day and The Time (Jungle Love, The Bird, Cool) are in contention at Prince’s concerts at the moment.

He’s even agreeing to select press interviews, something he hasn’t done with regularity in years.

In typical Prince-like fashion, the mystique is still there. Although he would only consent to an e-mail interview (which is reprinted below with Prince-speak intact), the performer who once confounded those outside his orbit proved to be a willing interviewee.

It just might be the dawning of a new age of Prince.

Q: You and your band used to do “hit-and-runs,” where you would stop in cities unannounced or with very little lead time. And you still do after-parties whenever possible. Do these satisfy a specific aspect of your creative self? Appearing on American Idol or the Super Bowl can do wonders for one’s confidence. So can jamming in a club for 300 rabid fans, I suspect.

A: The musicians we surround ourselves with r extremely talented & never cease 2 surprise, so an aftershow gives us all time to stretch out & build on ideas that could never get fully addressed in an arena setting. In other words, we love 2 jam.

Q: It must be difficult to talk about aspects of your music, especially your lyrics, when what you have created is already an expression unto itself. That said, you have continued to talk with the press — yet the reputation exists that you do not. Do you ever feel like you can’t win? Have you ever felt like giving up on the press altogether? And if you did, would you lose an important voice

A: A journalist knows when they r being genuine & when they r not. The burden is on them 2 engage their audience. Embellishment might accomplish this, but truth is best. 1 well-written article is usually worth 13 bad ones. LOL.

Q: The digital era is full of clear and present danger, especially for artists who subscribe to an Internet-based business model. You have been successful to this point in carving for yourself a path that appears to work on both a financial and artistic level. Are you surprised that others who stand to benefit from a similar moves haven’t followed suit? Is it that difficult to break free from the major label model?

A: Most artists use labels as banks. Any loan, of course, has interest attached to it. New artists 2day would benefit greatly by forming a real union & steering clear of all this. Protecting themselves from the legal piracy that happens within this corrupt system is the greatest advice we can give at this time.

Q: Each concert of yours is unique unto itself. What makes a Prince concert successful from your standpoint?

A: Everything depends on the audience. A smaller crowd of old school heads like to hear unreleased jams because they already own a lot of stuff on bootleg. As opposed 2 a new crowd that may have never seen us b4 & have then been 1/8besotted 3/8 by a friend 2 take the purple pill.

Q: Live energy is contagious: If the band is having fun, almost always fans will have fun, too. In doing long stretches of dates, like your upcoming Canadian trek, is there a secret to keeping it fresh for yourself and your band?

A: The secret is learning as much material as possible. God has blessed us with the talent & we now have a catalog nearly the length of the book War & Peace. Every concert is different. Those who have been 2 several back 2 back can attest to this fact.

Q: What do you think is your boldest move yet as an artist? What do you feel most proud in terms of the path your career has taken?

A: Probably changing my name 2 an unpronounceable symbol 2 escape a restrictive recording contract. At the time, it was more necessary than bold, from r point of view.

Q: For much of the past decade, the focus has been solely on your music, and not what the press perceived to be unusual behaviour of the past. I feel that people missed out on a period of your career when some amazing music was being made, simply because of the drone of tabloid journalism. Though you don’t like to look in the rear-view mirror, everyone has a regret or two in life. What are yours? Everyone can learn from mistakes. Did you from yours?

A: The rear-view mirror got broken a long time ago. Being baptized as 1 of Jehovah’s Witnesses gave me a center & a release from a past way of life. Not much time 4 reflection anyway, have you seen r guitar player?

Q: Is there a genre or style of music that speaks to you more than another? Music is music, it can be argued. But knowing how much you liked to play Jimi Hendrix or Wilson Pickett or John Lee Hooker in the past (even during sound checks), could it be argued that the music of the ‘60s holds a dear spot in your heart?

A: The 60s and 70s were definitely a golden age 4 r generation. But then it could b stated that the 80s were pretty cool 2. Good music transcends time. We could all name at least 25 songs from every decade. Since the dawn of recorded music, all of it speaks 2 us. That’s why people leave so satisfied after 1 of r shows. We love what we do & we hope they will 2. We hope 2 c u somewhere soon.

Concert dates

November 2011

25 — Toronto, Ontario — Air Canada Centre

26 — Toronto, Ontario — Air Canada Centre

30 — Halifax, Nova Scotia — Metro Center

December 2011

2 — Montreal, Quebec — Bell Centre

3 — Ottawa, Ontario — Scotiabank Place

5 — London, Ontario — John Labatt Centre

8 — Winnipeg, Manitoba — MTS Center

13 — Edmonton, Alberta — Rexall Place

14 — Calgary – Scotiabank Saddledome

16 — Vancouver, British Columbia — Rogers Arena

17 — Victoria, British Columbia — Save on Center

19 — Tacoma, WA — Tacoma Dome


[Edited 11/23/11 9:02am]

Something a lot of us have been saying for a long time. That should explain the setlists and song choices at arena shows as opposed to aftershows and small club gigs!

When eye go 2 a Prince concert or related event it's all heart up in the house but when eye log onto this site and the miasma of bitchiness is completely overwhelming!
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Reply #14 posted 11/23/11 11:13am

shiloh66

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Nice interview...

BUT...

Doing only email interviews makes me a bit suspicious... do we really believe that he is personally answering these questions... or has he just given the general be of what he wants to say to someone who is answering on his behalf... notice he never uses "I" (or "Eye") but "we" and "r" instead.

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Reply #15 posted 11/23/11 11:35am

alexnvrmnd777

umanbing said:

^^ nod and in this interview he stays true to his character. Ida, you are beautiful and you can play your bass guitar. The question Prince should have asked is "have u heard r guitar player Andy Allo.?" The man can be so shallow like the rest of the world who celebrate mediocre entertainers w/ a pretty face and nice ass.

Where you gettin' the "nice ass" from?? Andy is FAR from having a nice ass!

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Reply #16 posted 11/23/11 11:48am

NDRU

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shiloh66 said:

Nice interview...

BUT...

Doing only email interviews makes me a bit suspicious... do we really believe that he is personally answering these questions... or has he just given the general be of what he wants to say to someone who is answering on his behalf... notice he never uses "I" (or "Eye") but "we" and "r" instead.

I've been noticing the royal "we" for a while in his interviews, even the ones in person.

He said something about "we got our first drum machine and used it on Private Joy" and I was thinking "who the fuck is we?"

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Reply #17 posted 11/23/11 12:16pm

funksterr

Lame questions, lame answers. Hopefully he will have a successful tour.

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Reply #18 posted 11/23/11 12:18pm

thebeautifulon
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amazing interview thanx 4 sharing
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Reply #19 posted 11/23/11 12:27pm

2freaky4church
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He finally admits that the name change was not spiritual.

All you others say Hell Yea!! woot!
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Reply #20 posted 11/23/11 12:51pm

shiloh66

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NDRU said:

shiloh66 said:

Nice interview...

BUT...

Doing only email interviews makes me a bit suspicious... do we really believe that he is personally answering these questions... or has he just given the general be of what he wants to say to someone who is answering on his behalf... notice he never uses "I" (or "Eye") but "we" and "r" instead.

I've been noticing the royal "we" for a while in his interviews, even the ones in person.

He said something about "we got our first drum machine and used it on Private Joy" and I was thinking "who the fuck is we?"

Maybe it's him and the mouse in his pocket. razz

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Reply #21 posted 11/23/11 1:51pm

WisdomNLove

RumAndRaisin said:

Prince just used LOL

dear god...

I dont get it, whats wrong with Prince using a lil internet lingo? i love it!

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Reply #22 posted 11/23/11 2:59pm

babyjubilation

& have then been 1/8besotted 3/8 by a friend 2 take the purple pill.

Im sorry for being naive but what the HELL does this mean? confused

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Reply #23 posted 11/23/11 3:13pm

smoothcriminal
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Lol @ him doing all these e-mail interviews when the internet died last year. lol

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Reply #24 posted 11/23/11 4:18pm

SomewhereHereO
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& have then been 1/8besotted 3/8 by a friend 2 take the purple pill.

Im sorry for being naive but what the HELL does this mean? confused

same thing im wondering... confused

Love God. Love Music. Love Life.
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Reply #25 posted 11/23/11 5:09pm

Zannaloaf

"Probably changing my name 2 an unpronounceable symbol 2 escape a restrictive recording contract. At the time, it was more necessary than bold, from r point of view."

umm.you mean that WASN'T given to him by angels like he said????>>>I'm CONfused! lol lol

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Reply #26 posted 11/23/11 5:13pm

babyjubilation

Zannaloaf said:

"Probably changing my name 2 an unpronounceable symbol 2 escape a restrictive recording contract. At the time, it was more necessary than bold, from r point of view."

umm.you mean that WASN'T given to him by angels like he said????>>>I'm CONfused! lol lol

falloff

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Reply #27 posted 11/23/11 7:42pm

funksterr

2freaky4church1 said:

He finally admits that the name change was not spiritual.

Yeah, Prince is on autopilot to the point that he forgot to keep his lie going. I also thought the quote "Being baptized as 1 of Jehovah’s Witnesses gave me a center" was nearly verbatim to what he used to say about "Being free" from his recording contract with WB.

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Reply #28 posted 11/23/11 8:31pm

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2freaky4church1 said:

He finally admits that the name change was not spiritual.

I wouldn't say that doing it to get out of a contract has to mean there was not a spiritual element to it.

The name itself incorporated spiritual elements, and the contract dispute had to do with being held back creatively

BUt yes, at least he admits it has to do with worldly things, too

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Reply #29 posted 11/23/11 10:38pm

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babyjubilation said:

Zannaloaf said:

"Probably changing my name 2 an unpronounceable symbol 2 escape a restrictive recording contract. At the time, it was more necessary than bold, from r point of view."

umm.you mean that WASN'T given to him by angels like he said????>>>I'm CONfused! lol lol

falloff

He said this before you need to pay attention.

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