ROCK'S BLOG: Remembering Prince
Hard to believe that it was 1 year ago today that we lost Prince. I have mixed feelings today as Prince's former collaborator George Ian Boxill releases the 6 song "Deliverance" EP today. On one hand I can't wait to get my hands on new music (recorded in 2006-08) from the genius, but then I think, did Prince REALLY want us to hear this stuff? Why wasn't it released when it was recorded? I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Here's what I wrote about Prince 1 year ago today...
I was shocked & stunned just like everyone else when I first heard of the passing of PRINCE. And like many of you, I thought it was another web hoax. Maybe TMZ rushed to be first with the story before verifying their sources. Sadly that wasn't the case.
Two memories of PRINCE have stuck with me all these years.
The year was 1980. I was a DJ in Parkersburg, WV. My first job. About a dozen albums by some guy called PRINCE arrived at our station. There was this skinny man dressed in bikini underwear on the cover. Why on earth were these sent to my station...a Rock station??? We listened. It was like no other record we heard before. The album was Dirty Mind. Radio edits? Not on this record! The grooves were cool. And this guy, PRINCE, was playing just about every instrument on the album. It's still my favorite PRINCE album to this day.
Fast forward to 2001. PRINCE brings his "Hit 'n Run" tour to what was then the First Union Arena. It was his greatest hits tour. And he raced throught what seemed like at the time his entire catalog. It was the first and only time I saw him play live. A lasting memory.
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