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Tidal in Princes Own Words

Talking about Tidal and streaming services. We look at what Prince said about Tidal and streaming in the press. Prince Ebony Mag Interview.

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Prince’s Friend

The Prince fandom continues to grow and expand.  We talk with Eloy Lasanta about his fast-growing youtube channel, Prince's Friend.

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Fired From Paisley Park Tour Guide Speaks

Ronchelle Nelson was recently fired from her job as a tour guide at Paisley Park. She tells her side of the story.

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The Paisley 5 & Dime (Prince Collectors Haven)

Interview with Eric Rogers of The Paisley 5 & Dime (Prince Collectors Haven)

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The Prince Podcast – Dave Hampton Interview

Interview with Dave Hampton former technical director of Paisley Park in Minneapolis and Hancock Music in Los Angeles. Dave is a world renown audio engineer and designer of studios and touring rigs, Dave Hampton has worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Prince, Herbie Hancock, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Babyface, RZA, M.I.A Chicago, and Marcus Miller, whose 2001 album, “M2” won Hampton a Grammy Award.

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The Prince Podcast – The Otherside

This episode is something very different! Lisa Mahon Wechtenhiser from Purple Saturation Experience contacted Michael Dean about a message from Prince, from the other side? Say what now?

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The Prince Podcast – Scottie Baldwin Interview

Scottie Baldwin talks about doing live sound for Prince during 2000 - 2016, the current Revolution tour, Piano & A Microphone rehearsals, Maxwell, Seal and Lady Gaga.

MASTERCLASS!

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The Prince Podcast – What If Social Media Was Around in The 80’s

What if Black twitter was around in the 80's? In this episode, we take a light-hearted look at how social media could have impacted 80's musical icons, Prince, Michael Jackson and Madonna.

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The Prince Podcast – Perry PJ Jones Interview

Interview with promoter Perry "PJ" Jones. In 1979 Mo Ostin, Warner Brother’s chairman of the board, told PJ, "Perry, I have a problem up in Minneapolis. I want you to go and see what you can do. I have a kid getting ready to sign with Chris Blackwell (the manager for Bob Marley)."

That kid was Prince Roger Nelson.

PJ talks about working with musical icons Maurice White and Prince. CLASS IS IN SESSION!

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The Prince Podcast – Celebration 2017 Review

Check out our review of Celebration 2017 told by fellow Prince fans, EM Leonard, KaNisa and Stephanie.

Music in this episode is from 'Lake Minnetonka aka What I Learned From Prince'

1987
She Don't Care

Then I Say

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Darling Nisi Report : Celebration Day 2

Intro/ Concert Footage

This time we had a morning session so we were the first ones to go through the agenda. Damaris came out once again and we did a moment of silence for P, followed by a moment of celebration as well where we SCREAMED for our professor.

A couple of great quotes from Damaris :

“A year ago we all gained an ancestor.”

“Be proud that your love for Prince is greater than your sorrow.”

“Even if you never touched him you still felt him.”

The concert footage this time with something that we were all ready and not ready to see… Piano and a Microphone Gala footage from the very first show at Paisley Park. Tough because that concert took place on the very stage that we were seated in front of, but it was gentle because he was amazing and playful and very chatty… And have to be honest….Very very sexy on purpose. A Charming Savage to the very end. 💜🕊️

The Revolution Panel

Great moments…

When helping Wendy deal with her first show, the best advice he ever gave her : “When you’re nervous like that, use that feeling. Cut your body and mind in half and you’ll play right on or behind the beat, that’s where the funk is.”

Prince didn’t go to the acting or dance class the rest of the band members had to go to.

To them it was strange to see him riding a motorcycle because it wasn’t really his vibe.

Around the World in a Day was completed before the Purple Rain tour.

Prince liked fried egg sandwiches made by Lisa.

He drove a Fiat at that time.

He didn’t like turning cars off and just left them running for hours. He also encouraged others to do the same, saying that he’d pay for the wasted gas.

Break

Mostly uneventful but I did get an NPG tambourine as a companion for my symbol one! Just need the 3121 one to complete the collection!

Iconography Panel

With Steve Parke, Afshin Shahidi, and Randee St Nicholas.

Both Afshin and Steve fell into their jobs doing things that were not related to their actual talents. In true Prince fashion he saw something in them and developed a new talent and livelihood for both of them.

The 3121 cover was shot in the Green Room at the BET Awards by Afshin.

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This image was Prince seriously getting out of car at 5 a.m.

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It wasn’t staged. Randee basically followed him around during the 21 nights residency and most of the images were just taking pictures of Prince being Prince. She shot him every night between 2 a.m. and 9 a.m. for 3 weeks straight.

The planet Earth cover was shot at 2 a.m. by Afshin at an after-party…With Steve Parke magic on top!

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The cover was approved in about two seconds in a limo as he was leaving for the Alma Awards.

Also SUPER shout out to Randee for this shot from the 21 Nights book (please buy it if you don’t have one. The poem that goes with it is the most teasing….And horrible….And wonderful….). Extra super shout out for her having a large version of this on display as part of this panel…

Next…Ladies and gentlemen…The Revolution!

Not too much to say here of course they killed it! Stokely Carmichael of Mint Condition stepped in to sing some lead vocals for some of the songs. Susanna Melvoin also traded lead vocals with Wendy on songs as well.

Special shout-out for Roadhouse Garden, an interpolation of Mutiny, and bringing Our Destiny out of the vault as a lesson in Musicology.

Today easily could have gone a different way…and I really appreciated that it was super joyful, celebratory, and really just a big party. Fantastic job to the staff!

*Celebration photos from the Paisley Park Twitter

Day 3 : What Time is it?

Darling Nisi Report : Celebration Day 3

Intro/Concert Clip

Today kicked off with footage from the Miami Purple Rain tour stop, April 7, 1985. The theme for today’s clip was intended to be “funny Prince” and it was indeed that! And also….Haha not family friendly Prince. He lasted one song before his shirt was mostly no more…among other moans, dips, and thrusts… Must be something about that last tour stop buzz to really pull out all the stops! 🙃

Break

Uneventful this time! We went to look at the fence. Full of wonderful tributes! This one in particular was pretty cool!

In Studio

Panel discussion with sound engineers Susan Rogers, Chris James (Art Official Age, Hitnrun Phase 2/Plectrumelectrum), Dylan Dresdow (Hitnrun Phase 2/Judith Hill’s P Produced Back in time)

Chord progression of Power Fantastic and Mountains was written by Wendy and Lisa, finished by Prince.

P did not like singing vocals in front of anyone when laying down tracks. Usually did them by himself. On the rare occasions when an engineer was there, he would not allow them to have a direct line of sight to him.

Susan repeated the story of when the Revolution was a recording a song at Prince’s home studio. They did not have enough headphones to go around and it was important for at least the band members to have some. They were positioned all around the house recording together as the instruments could not fit all in one place. Everyone had headphones except Susan and she was in the control room with Prince singing lead vocals. He positioned the microphone in the corner and sang facing the corner. And he made her position herself with her back to him so she couldn’t watch him sing. She did have a treat though… she got to hear Prince singing in a raw full out way without hearing everyone’s else’s parts mixed in. 💜

The pattern of Prince writing a song :

Music first. Rides around with it in the car to come up with lyrics. Records them on top of the music by himself in the studio.

Lyrics first. Drums, Bass, Guitar, etc.

Live Band. Hears in his head…Teaches people parts. Makes adjustments, sometimes allowed people to interpolate his musical ideas.

On Prince giving compliments :

Susan was working really late putting together a sound rig. She had been up all night working on it all by herself. P came in to check on her around 4am, Sheila was with him. Not talking directly to Susan, Prince said “if a woman is really good at one thing she usually doesn’t know how to cook. Can you cook Sheila?” Sheila says “I can cook on the drums…” And Prince says “Well Susan [is special she] can cook too…”

Tender moment with Chris James :

When he was a little boy, he used to watch MTV just as it was getting started. He would put on his raincoat and play guitar using one he fashioned from old blinds…“Because I wanted to be like Prince. So to sit up here on this stage now…” And he started to cry. 😢

Paisley Park Tour

This part to be honest was a little disappointing, but I think it’s because we had already taken the VIP tour last October when we are here for the tribute. We only got to see Studio A & C (No magical Studio B or Galaxy Room!), the album spotlight rooms and his office were roped off so you could only peek in vs walk into them, and the video editing bay was closed. We’re not sure if it was like that due to the volume of people there and the limited amount of time to peruse, or if all the tours are that way now. Shout a holler if you’ve been recently and say!

The Time Concert

A jam as to be expected! And special shout out to my friend! She got scooped up to dance the Bird on stage!!!

*Pictures from Paisley Park Tumblr, Zimbio

Day 4 : You are Now Part of the New Power Generation & Wrap Up