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A google translate version of the Knack Prince story. No time to reread because we have to go to Amsterdam. Melkweg Prince Tribute. ;-)
"He knows we all love him": Prince's life according to his friends and musicians
21/04/17 at 10:59 - Updated at 10:58
Who was Prince, who died just one year today? A natural talent that conquered its shyness and kicked it into funky and freaky world star? An integral artist who turned himself out of protest against the business to symbol and slave? Or a freakish vedette that got tangled in his own grilling? The peculiarities of Prince Rogers Nelson, told by the people who knew him best.
"He could run harder on heels than I do on sneakers."
© Robert Whitman / thelicensingproject.com
Prince Rogers Nelson is born on June 7, 1958 in the Mount Sinai Hospital in Minneapolis, as son of John Nelson and Mattie Shaw. Together they had put in a jazz ensemble: the Prince Rogers Trio. Because Mattie calls her husband Prince, she speaks her son with Skipper, "because he was such a cute little baby."
• MATTIE SHAW: He had a very early ear for music. When he was three or four, we went to the department store, where he was always fascinated by the radios and musical instruments - pianos and organs especially. If I had lost him again, I knew I would find him there.
• PRINCE (STAR TRIBUNE, 1978): Around my eighth I had a good time doing what I could all do with a piano. As a child I had one piano and two guitar lessons. I did not bother because I preferred to play my own songs than the mess my teacher wanted to teach me. He laughed, but I always did my own thing. I can not read music. Maybe I'll ever play part, but I doubt it.
In 1976 Chris Moon, a studio owner and aspirant textwriter from South Minneapolis, Prince and other musicians hires for commercial work. In return, Prince gets the key of the studio so he can take it there at night. But his demo does not listen to record companies. This way he comes to Owen Husney, a concert promoter with his own advertising agency. Husney raises fifty thousand dollars to preserve Prince until he gets a record contract. In addition, he asks recording technician David Rivkin (later David Z, also the man who had already worked with Prince's first group of Grand Central in 1975) to record a new demo.
• DAVID Z: He played all the instruments himself. On a small cassette player he had each engine individually engineered: the blazers, the guitar ... Very refined. He was only sixteen, seventeen. Every time someone visited the studio while singing, he asked to turn off the lights: he did not want anyone to look at him. My wife just came over when he was singing Soft and Wet, and that healed him quite. He later conquered the embarrassment.
Husney strikes offers from A & M and Columbia and chooses Warner Bros., that Prince grants all artistic freedom. He may also produce his debut album. But first, the bosses want to see him at work.
• LENNY WARONKER (VICEDIRECTEUR WARNER BROS.): You could not only see that he had talent but also a vision. He played guitar and dubbed drums over there. It was already clear to me at the time, so we did not want to offend him by letting him run the whole process. But he stood on it. Afterwards he sat on the studio floor. He looked up at me and said, "Do not make me black. I'm not a typical black artist, my idols come from the distant corners. " That, plus the names he then fell as eighteen years old, made me realize we had to hug this boy.
JUNGLED ROCK-'N-ROLL In April 1978, Prince's first album For You appears.
• BOB MERLIS (MAIN PROMO WARNER BROS.): He interviewed a journalist from Record World. I do not know what she was doing, but suddenly he asked her, "Does your pubic hair reach your nap?" We knew immediately that we did not get it better with too many interviews. The single Soft and Wet, written together with Chris Moon, shifts to r & b-toptienhit. It's time to gather a group around Prince so he can come out with his music. The first two performances take place in the Capri Theater, north of Minneapolis, in January 1979. The second concert includes Warner bosses.
• MATT FINK (KEYS): Prince had to learn what he could do on a stage. Those first shows were pretty nice, but Warner was not good enough to send us the hort. So they made him first to make a new record as we repeatedly reprimanded for months.
After the second album, Prince, appears with the falsetto song I Wanna Be Your Lover, the band finally ends on tour. The new keynote list is LA Lover, Lisa Coleman, who sent a tape to Prince 's new Cavallo, Ruffalo & Fargnoli managers - who previously handled Sly Stone and Earth, Wind & Fire's business.
Nobody can so long without sleep as I do. Music keeps me going.
• LISA COLEMAN: I just finished high school when he left me to Minneapolis. He picked me personally at the airport, in his small Fiat sports car. He even allowed me to smoke. I do not think that ashtray in his car has ever been used. He really made me the court. We arrived at his house and led me to the cellar where there was a piano. "Do you play something, I'm back," he said. I realized that he was spying on me, so I started playing a Mozart concerto that I just had in my fingers. Soon he escaped the stairs. He grabbed a guitar and we started jamming. I even think he played Party Up. I spent the weekend sleeping in the guest room. As I walked through the house, I realized that he had a movie star of A Star Is Born in his bedroom, with Kris Kristofferson and Barbra Streisand. I thought so cute. Boy-like rock-a-roll.
In the fall of 1980, Prince Dirty Mind released a raw record of songs about incest and oral sex.
• FINK: Dirty Mind was cheerfully welcomed by critics, but fans were not yet ready. It was R & B, New wave, punk, funk and rock. Very innovative and extraordinary, but it initially caused confusion.
• DEZ DICKERSON (GUITAR): Meanwhile we discovered spandex and tried to dress as badly as possible. We performed two shows in the Roxy in LA. In between, manager Bob Cavallo came along with his list of what could all be better. Against Prince, he said, "You wear a spandex pants but no underwear. That's obscene. " When Bob left, you saw Prince's face that he was planning. "So Bob wants me to wear underwear? Then I'll wear underwear too. " So he did the next time only in his underwear.
In 1981 Prince fired the hot iron with the Controversy plate. Exactly what he causes when he can do The Rolling Stones premiere in Los Angeles.
• DICKERSON: It was just the second show of our bass player Mark Brown, an 18-year-old boy who almost paralyzed 110,000 men in the LA Coliseum. Prince pulled leather with his Dirty Mind accessories: the bikini, the overcoat. Halfway through the set, the audience began to stir. People called their colabekers forward. I looked around me, and saw that Prince was out of it. I gave the rest a sign that we had to follow his example. As a consequence: more trouble towards stage.
That evening Prince returns to Minneapolis. Mick Jagger tries to get him on the phone without success. Dez Dickerson comes to Prince with an idea: play in biker bars where no black has ever entered a foot. "He should not let himself out of town?" Prince returns for the second round with The Stones.
• DICKERSON: Also, the audience threw everything to our head. Only recently did we start with the first song, or Prince got almost a bottle of Jack Daniel's in his face. A bidon of orange juice spattered on Marks bass. I pointed to people and laughed and waved. But in the end, we became wholehearted throughout the set. That experience has given Prince's leve a firm turn.
A STAR IS BORN
Like Controversy, the double successor in 1999 (1982) is Prince's work alone.
Under the Cherry Moon: 'Hij was aan het veranderen, zijn hele look werd gladder.' © GF
• PRINCE (ROLLING STONE, 1985): Why do not I usually use musicians in the studio? This has to do with my long hours. I swear to God that I'm not saying brutality, but nobody can sleep for as long as I do. Music keeps me going.
Through Lisa Coleman, Prince is acquainted with twin sisters from LA: Susannah Melvoin, his future girlfriend, and Wendy, his future guitarist.
• WENDY MELVOIN: In 1982, my and Lisa's family spent Christmas together in New York. I was practicing in Lisa's room and Prince heard me busy when he was sleeping. He knocked on the door because he knew that Lisa could not be. I played a few fancy chords and he looked at me with a sparkle in his eyes, Without much to say. Not much later, he asked me if I wanted to join his group The Revolution.
For a while Prince has gone with ideas for a movie. His managers associate him with the young director Al Magnoli.zonder veel te zeggen. Niet veel later vroeg hij me of ik tot zijn groep The Revolution wilde toetreden.
• NEAL KARLEN (WRITER): He said he had to scramble the story of his father for Purple Rain, or something in it. Because in reality, his father had never been cursed against his mother and he had never had a firearm. It was clear that the relationship with his father made him who he was. Because his father had really kicked him out of the house. That song they wrote together, The Ladder from Around the World in a Day (1985), was a turning point in their relationship. I asked him why he was such a check freak. He replied, "What should I do if everyone turns me back and I am fully appointed to myself? Then I would take care of my own. " An attitude that fully reflects on the relationship with his father.
• FINK: Throughout the summer of 1983, we recounted in a factory building in St. Louis Park his song material, which we sometimes wrote. At the same time, someone came to teach us several days a week. There was also a dance teacher. That took a big three months, followed immediately by the film recordings in the fall.
I never saw him happier than when Maite was pregnant.
Ricky Peterson (Paisley Park-medewerker)
In May 1984, Prince, as a heater for the release of a new record one month later, brings out a single that gives him his first number one.
• WARONKER: For some reason, when Doves Cry did not have bass. He really burned me to hear that song while I had not spoken to him in a few years. I heard how much that was going on in that number, and how so many basses did it mean that he did not really need bass. "Sounds good," I said to him, "but why did not you use it?" His answer: "Because I work on my records for as long as I think they're done."
HIS PURPLE MAJESTY
The Purple Rain soundtrack shoots to the top of the charts and stays there for six months. Critic Mikal Gilmore from LA calls it "The Best Rock Movie Ever Created". After the premiere in Hollywood, the film, which has cost seven million dollars, will raise sixty five million. Suddenly Prince is a superstar. His tour lasts for a week in New York and Los Angeles. In Minnesota, Prince even records five times in a record at the St. Paul Civic Center.
• BOBBY Z: During the tour we sat in the LA Forum when Madonna hit: whether to use the toilet? Shortly thereafter Bruce Springsteen: same question. My father was there too. "Dad, may I introduce you to Bruce. Madonna, this is Harold Rivkin. ' And my father: "Pleasant." He had no clue about who he was talking to.
• PAUL PETERSON (KEYMAN): Prince reached Bruce on stage and gave him a guitar on which he could play a solo. Then he took over the guitar about Bruce's head of him and played something up, but then in a way that suggested that something was wrong with the thing. Until he knew with his mimic that nothing was going on for as long as I played that guitar. He was very proud of Springsteen.
The Purple Rain Soundtrack wins two Grammy's and also an Academy Award.
• MELVOIN: At the Oscar ceremony we went with Prince to stage. We looked like the Addams Family
• PRINCE (ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, 1999): In a sense, Purple Rain has hurt me more than well. The audience looked at me in a different way, people pushed me into a box. Kids came to my concerts to shout, just because the audience in the movie also did. I wanted to go there. That's why I made Around the World in a Day.
Prince decides to direct himself for his second film, Under the Cherry Moon, which will be turned to the French Riviera with actor Kristin Scott Thomas. The picture flirts, but the accompanying record, Parade (1986), gives him one of his biggest hits on: Kiss.
• MELVOIN: He was changing. His whole look got smoother. He had something very Cary Grant-like about him. He was glad he could work with all those new people. You saw him grow exponentially. He was unmatched and wanted to have every say about every creative aspect of his career.
DAVID Z: I was mixing in a studio in LA when I saw Prince talking to someone who also had a bodyguard. "David, do you know Michael Jackson?" he asked. There was a table of ping pong and Prince invited Michael to a game. Michael said, "I do not know how you do, but I want to try it." The whole crew stopped working to beat them. Soon Prince said to Michael, "Shall I smash?" Michael dropped his bat and held his hands in front of him, fearing that the ball would hit him. Game over, of course. Michael dropped off with his bodyguard and Prince began to paradise as a haircut. 'Did you see that? He played as Helen Keller (a deaf and blind author, nvdr.). "
• MELVOIN: He was so driven that he became increasingly serious. He did not take much time to make fun. In addition to playing outside basketball, heels up. With that he could walk harder than me in my tennis shoes.
THE PARTY IS OVER
The premiere of Under the Cherry Moon takes place in July 1986, in Sheridan, Wyoming. A place that was chosen after an MTV match.
Rotterdam 1988 met The New Power Generation: 'We hadden vijftig trucks en honderd mensen mee op de Lovesexy-tournee. Zo excessief kon je in de eighties nog zijn.' © Getty Images
• MELVOIN: It was like we had landed on Mars. Prince and I had a rocky fight. After an intense show at the Holiday Inn, I had a beer at the bar with Joni Mitchell. A journalist walked at me and the following day was in the paper: "Wendy Melvoin of Prince and The Revolution told us this while drinking a Budweiser." Prince summed me up to give me a sermon, about how I should be an example for the kids. I was completely paf. It felt like there was more going on. This was not about me and my beer.
The press crashes under the cherry moon and the public does not want to. The last show of Prince and The Revolution takes place in September, at the Japanese Yokohama Stadium.
• MELVOIN: At that stage, he has deliberately destroyed his Purple Rain guitar. Lisa and I looked at eachother, and we knew it was over. Then he disappeared. Until we received a phone call with him to meet him in a house he rented in Beverly Hills - in addition, the place where the Menendez brothers murdered their parents a few years later. We sat at dinner when he said, "I can not expect you to follow me where I'm going. We took it as far as we could. It's time I let you go. " And we two: "What ?!" That evening he also called Bobby Z. We were all from the map. We thought we would take it much longer. We were still ready for him. Lisa has always told him her opinion. And I could never even keep my mouth. Was I Intimidated By Prince? No. I was born and raised in Hollywood. In my house it was a come and go of great stars like Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand, Peggy Lee. But sometimes Prince made me afraid. His eyes could burn you to the ground. Then it seemed like he was able to kill someone. And often someone was me.
Prince compiles a new version of The Revolution, with Sheila E. on drums. His next move is a triple record, Sign o 'the Times, but his label insists on returning to a doubler. The album will appear in March 1987. The group will be successful in Europe, but Prince will cancel an American tour.
• ERIC LEEDS (SAXOFONIST): None of us had any understanding of the decision. In Europe, we had broken down for two and a half months. I asked him if he had gone crazy. His answer is: "We're making a concert film." In retrospect, that was a crucial mistake. How great the plate was, the speed we created with it was lost forever.
The film does not give Prince's career any new elan. But his ambition remains high. In 1987 he celebrated his own giant playground: Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, a suburb of Minneapolis. At artistic level, he remains restless. Although he scores hits the songs Sign o 'the Times and U Got the Look - a duet with Sheena Easton - he lost his throne. He decides to make a underground plate. But just when more than four hundred thousand copies are ready to be transported to the stores, he cancels the release.
• ALAN LEEDS (TOURMANAGER): The Black Album was a fast-blended project. We assumed that it was a reaction to hip hop breakthrough. Lui like LL Cool J and MC Hammer were the new pop stars. They really drove real musicians and singers out of the hit parade. But it may also have been counterproductive to some critics and fans who are heading for pop as a commercial knee trap. In his own words, he buried the whole project because of the bad karma that hung around: it was a plate made of nijd. He called Karen Krattinger, Paisley's general manager, from her bed in the middle of the night. An emotional conversation. He apologized for his cure for the things he had said or done where he had not been with himself. That release for the last few hours was one of them.
Prince's frustration persists as he continues to work on Lovesexy (1988), a plate with a positive impact, which becomes infamous because he is exposed naked on the cover. In order to regain his commercial power, he puts his most ambitious tour ever on his feet.
• ALAN LEEDS: Do you know what he said? "You do not know what it's about me to say lazy who can not sing or no instrument to be on number one.".'
• ERIC LEEDS: The Lovesexy tour was great. We had fifty trucks and hundreds of people. You could be so excessive in the eighties. Agree, we did not need four men to take care of our hair and makeup, and we loathed a lot of clothes. But as they say: If you got it, flaunt it. Each concert was conceived as a fight of good to evil: the first half was evil, the second good. But most people did not have that. In addition, Lovesexy did not sell as much as the previous records. There may have been a chance for his market opportunities. And that struck him enormously because he considered Lovesexy as his best record. Or at least as being most personal.
DREAMS IN PAISLEY
Prince 'Paisley Park label, a joint venture with Warner Bros., produces black-sized records such as George Clinton, Chaka Khan and Mavis Staples, but also of unknown people like Ingrid Chavez and Carmen Electra. In view of the hyper-driven artist he is, the safe of his cellar studio begins to pile out the songs.
• MAVIS STAPLES: His manager called my father Pops to say that Prince was looking for me. I say, "Which prince?" I thought he meant Charles or so. After a concert he came to our day in the dressing room. I rattled while I noticed how he just smiled and rolled his big eyes. It then strangled to me how bederesd that boy was. So I asked him, "How are you in Paisley Park, Prince?" And he just said, "You'll see that."
• CHUCK ZWICKY (TECHNICUS): He shook so much material from his sleeve that he had to lay ten on the shelf for every record he released. While on a tour with Lovesexy, I was instructed to enter the vault and put on songs that had never been mixed up. I guess I've done around one hundred and thirty that have never appeared anywhere.
• TOM TUCKER (STUDIODIRECTOR): When he was still with Warner, we tried to get him to archive and digitize all that material. But at the very last moment he drew his tail. He did not want anyone to hear that music. Thus, those old analog tapes have been stacked in their vault all the time. I wonder what will happen if his will does not mention anything about it. Or suggest that it stipulates that everything must be destroyed? That would be as if the Half Beatles catalog is forever lost.
With its huge round stage, the Lovesexy tour ends on a financial disaster. Nevertheless, Prince continues to spend blind money.
• ALAN LEEDS: The financial concerns prompted him to go through the coarse brush at the beginning of 1989 with his executive staff. Also his lawyer and manager may have. To blame another person was obviously easier than taking responsibility for the business side of record making, going on a tour and a studio run where he could safely be more careful.
After two movie flops, Prince finally finally hits a hit: Batman (1989) by Tim Burton. He can write the soundtrack on the proverb of star star Jack Nicholson, a fan. Nicholson is the inspiration for the party Partyman. The soundtrack goes over the counter millions of times.
• ZWICKY: He was dull enthusiastic about that soundtrack, and tried out a lot of new things. House, for example. He had a raid girl, Cat, who had a big mouth. She had once said to us, "Look now, you are as big!" I'm about a meter sixty three, and you must know that Prince is very aware of his length. Well, for a whole week we have been able to hear short jokes. When Sheena Easton came to sing a duet with Prince, she wanted to do that in the studio. Prince did it differently: he always sang in the control room, on a chair for the console, with a microphone in his hand. Good while I'm done, he says through the speakers: "Chuck, you better put that microphone a little bit lower. She's really very small, just like you. " Back in the control room, he acts as if he is busy trying to burst out laughing.
Prince takes on the 1990s with another self-directed film, Graffiti Bridge (1990), for which he gets his old group The Time back together. But the whole thing collapses faster than the bridge over the Kwai River.
• JIMMY JAM (KEYMAN): The original members of The Time drew to Warner with the question of whether we could make a new record and film. We even had a scenarios. We punched Prince to help us with the musical part because we thought it could not be a real record of The Time without his contribution. Before we realized, Graffiti Bridge was in jugs and jars. Only now it was all his project, and we had to satisfy ourselves with rolling roles. I still remember sitting on the set: "What a sweetie. This will be a tragedy. ' But we made the best of it and amused our giant.
In 1991 Prince returns with Diamonds and Pearls, his most commercial and best selling record since Sign o 'the Times.
• WARONKER: Our urban department found that there was not really a radio song on the record. So I call him and he says, "Maybe I can change something here and there." Until he abruptly changes his mind: "In fact, this is a marketing problem. Do it yourself. " He hung up. That was on a Friday. On monday there he was on the line: 'You've got yourself a new baby.' He meant a great new song, Gett Off. And indeed, it became a big hit.
In June 1993, on his thirty-fifth birthday, Prince made himself a target of announcing that he changed his name into an unspeakable symbol.
• TOMMY BARBARELLA (KEYSIST): How did we call him? "Hey, man." I wish I had a dollar for every time someone asked me.
It's starting to greet Prince once more that Warner is the real owner of his masters, and so on all his music. He appears publicly with the word "slave" on his cheek.
My record company has reduced Prince to a slave. Prince is dead. They killed him.
PRINCE (TIME OUT MAGAZINE, 1995): My record company has reduced Prince to a slave. Prince is dead. They killed him.
• PRINCE (ROLLING STONE, 1996): I'm not the owner of Prince's music. If you don't own your masters, your master owns you.
• TUCKER: Until then he had always looked happy with Warner. I mean: when Diamonds and Pearls came out, he was going to play notes on their roof. He was even proud of their understanding. Perhaps that made the wreck only intenser. He felt genuinely hurt. He did not know that he did not own his own music. This was due to poor communication between him and his managers and lawyers. Either they never told him, or just did not want to know. His songs were his children, and they were now taken away. That was the signal for him to take control completely. From then on, he wrote the checks. Literally.
On Valentine's Day 1996, Prince marries Mayte Garcia in the Methodist Church on Park Avenue in Minneapolis. After a honeymoon annex tour in Hawaii, he uncovers his group The New Power Generation and makes him a nest for him and Mayte, who is pregnant.
• RICKY PETERSON (STAFMEDEWERKER PAISLEY): Everyone had to hand in keys. In the future we had to call. Mayte then opened, and that was a lovely sight: she, high-heeled and barefoot. Behind her Prince came down the stairs in big rabbit slippers: "Come in." As fortunate as when she was pregnant, I'd never seen him.
The Prince and Mayte's baby dies in October 1996, seven days after birth. Warner finished the contract with Prince by placing The Black Album in 1994, followed by The Gold Experience in 1995 and the fitting Chaos and Disorder in 1996. Prince negotiates a deal with EMI for a triple record, Emancipation ( 1996), which is well received but still sells moderately. Meanwhile, he is deepening in spirituality.
• PETERSON: When we took Emancipation, he had a curse. He touched Jehovah's witnesses. George Benson, who had been completely converted for a while, was also recording a record at Paisley. He had no good eye on it: "I do not think our boy's going to make it." He could not believe that Prince could leave the curse and become religious after a song like Sexy MF. That was just after they lost the baby. Nobody knew what he all spilled out.
• MELVOIN: In 2000 we tried to set up a reunion tour with The Revolution. That he refused because I am homosexual and half Jewish. Then a mourning process was initiated with me. It was awkward to realize we'd lost him more or less.
In 2000 we tried to make a reunion tour with The Revolution
to set up. That he refused because I am homosexual and half Jewish.
Prince cares for his independence by selling his albums over the internet.
• MICHAEL KOPPELMAN (PRODUCER): The most beautiful thing would be if someone else than himself would produce a Prince album. You are more aware of artists that they do not know so well why the audience admits them exactly. Nobody expects Purple Rain II from him. That funky freak of all the amazing albums, we want.
In 2000, he recovers Prince's name and holds a birthday party for his fans in Paisley for a week. In the next two years he even made a habit of it.
TIME FOR RECOMMENDATION
Prince continues to tour and record. His very first live album, One Nite Alone ..., will be released online in 2002. The following year, his instrumental album N.E.W.S. A grammynomination.
• PRINCE (IN THE TAVIS SMILEY SHOW, 2004): In 2000, I turned the stir of my life. After I had changed my name and ended the war with my so-called enemies, I began to read the Bible very intensively. Thus I discovered the truth and nothing but the truth.
Also in his personal life, everything changes. He divorces in Mayte's silence and marries on May 31st 2001 in Hawaii with Manuela Testolini, a former Paisley employee. He buys a country house in her hometown of Toronto. In August 2001, his father died five months later by his mother. These are events that draw him. But when he returns to the Grammy award in February 2004, he reconnects with his former group members.
Prince & Beyonce, Grammy Awards 2004 © Getty Images
• MELVOIN: Susannah, Bobby Z and I wanted to see him later in the House of Blues in LA. I called his gitarist with the announcement that The Revolution was completely ready for him. Bobby received a call from him: he was allowed for free, but all the rest had to pay entrance fee. What the hell is this? Well, in the end, we could all go for free, though, after incredible hassle - while we saw Steven Tyler from Aerosmith and Beck and who I already knew before our nose. Once we reached his changing room, we could not find anywhere. I do not know who asked him all at the stage, but none of us were there. I thought, that's it. His wife came to us and I asked her to thank him for the tickets, and goodbye. The next day I got phone. "Prince would like you to rehearse with him on acoustic guitar for The Tavis Smiley Show." My curiosity took the upper hand and when I got there he was surprisingly friendly and open. I also got a big hug. I had to get along with his band and I stayed with him for about two hours. One day later, I was all alone with him, and he was delightful. He was once again the guy I had come to know at our first meeting. The guy who kept washing sleep in my house, on the sofa bed. I held him firmly, could not stop kissing him, telling him how much I loved him. I do not know what to think of. But he knows we all love him.
By David Brewster.
Copyright 2004, Star Tribune. Republished with permission of the Star Tribune, Minneapolis, MN, USA.the contract with Prince by placing The Black Album in 1994, followed by The Gold Experience in 1995 and the fitting Chaos and Disorder in 1996. Prince negotiates a deal with EMI for a triple record, Emancipation ( 1996), which is well received but still sells moderately. Meanwhile, he is deepening in spirituality.
• MELVOIN: Susannah, Bobby Z and I wanted to see him later in the House of Blues in LA. I called his gitarist with the announcement that The Revolution was completely ready for him. Bobby received a call from him: he was allowed for free, but all the rest had to pay entrance fee. What the hell is this? Well, in the end, we could all go for free, though, after incredible hassle - while we saw Steven Tyler from Aerosmith and Beck and who I already knew before our nose. Once we reached his changing room, we could not find anywhere. I do not know who asked him all at the stage, but none of us were there. I thought, that's it. His wife came to us and I asked her to thank him for the tickets, and goodbye. The next day I got phone. "Prince would like you to rehearse with him on acoustic guitar for The Tavis Smiley Show." My curiosity took the upper hand and when I got there he was surprisingly friendly and open. I also got a big hug. I had to get along with his band and I stayed with him