Prince Rogers Nelson 1958-2016

A day later and it’s still impossible to believe that Prince is gone.

From Rolling Stone: Paul Westerberg Remembers Prince: ‘I Can’t Think of Anyone Better’

People like to paint him as a reclusive this or that; I think he was genuinely truly, truly shy. But one thing says a lot about him: I was there (Paisley Park) making a solo record a few years later, and I got a message that said that my friend had just died. I was truly rattled, and the next time I went back into the studio, he had filled it up with balloons. Now I’m gonna cry.

I’ve spent more time with Bob Dylan, and I’ve got to say that I was more in awe of Prince. I can’t think of anyone better – an all-around composer, musician, guitarist, star, showman, the whole package, anyone better. If Elvis wrote all of his songs and played guitar, it still wouldn’t quite be there. He’d play Jimi Hendrix-style, between his legs and behind his back. And then he’d do the splits. He could put the guitar down, and Jimi would become James Brown. He could hold the crowd like Mick Jagger, but could Mick Jagger play the piano like that? And then, lyrically, there’s something like, “When Doves Cry.” There’s obviously more going on there than meets the booty.

When I got word today, I was trying to write a song. I put it down. I found myself walking up to the store, and I bought myself a handful of colorful clothes. I was just drawn to do something that he would have done.

Paul was also interviewed by MNN’s Scott Peterson.

Obituary: Prince was a diminutive giant who revolutionized pop
By Chris Riemenschneider and Jon Bream

Prince not only filmed “Purple Rain” at First Avenue, he recorded songs for the soundtrack in concert and often hung out there. His last time at the club was in February for a performance by locally rooted women’s R&B trio King.

“There’s not a day that goes by where we don’t hear a band playing one of his songs during sound check or someone asks for a tour because of Prince, or wants to come take a picture with his star on the wall,” said First Avenue General Manager Nate Kranz. “We cannot overstate what he means to this club.”

Fellow Minneapolis music vet Paul Westerberg of the Replacements told the Minnesota News Network that Prince “was a ray of light in a sometimes dour and cloudy place.” Compared to other local musicians, he said, “We were playing with toy trucks, and he was like Mario Andretti.”

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Prince Rogers Nelson 1958-2016 — 2 Comments

  1. Purple World

    With guitar and hair full of curls.
    Prince made this a purple world.
    People are crying sounds sadful to the ears.
    And it’s raining purple tears.

    At the drop of a hat he was taken away.
    There will be less happiness in the world today.
    Up to heaven his soul did fly.
    Where he is still singing and dancing above a purple sky.

  2. My background was the Stones,Zep,Beatles,James Brown,Hendrix,Sly via my cool older sisters. Prince and the Replacements were my own discoveries which I hold very closely to my heart. I remember Purple Rain coming out and it was a pure distillation of all his predecessors, white and black.I heard “Let it Be ” a little later .Purple Rain was perfect Let it Be had rough edges and songs like Androgynous and Answering Machine. I have followed both on their musical journeys and am extremely grateful for their output. With Prince sadly not here anymore the only thing left is for Paul to take over Prince’s throne and takeover where he left of. Paul can do anything, he is a rock poet.He could release a blues album, a Faces type of album., a jazz album, a covers album. He could tour Australia and charge $400 a ticket and I would see him. He should become a novelist because he can write anything, and also write his autobiography.

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