Prince Sounds Off On The Internet, His Solo Tour + More In New Interview
Purple patrons should know by now, there’s never a dull moment in the weird and wild world of Prince. Earlier this week, P announced that he’d be hitting the road in Europe as a one-man-band, stripping down a typically lavish and intricate stage show to just a piano and a man full of hits. But now that the precise dates and venues of the tour have been called into question, Prince has decided it’s primetime for a close-up with some cross-pond press, of which only one “interview” has been published via The Guardian. The term “interview” has to be questioned here, as the writer explains that he never really got his one-on-one with the gawd, rather, in perfectly Prince fashion, he and a grip of journalists sat at Prince’s feet (apparently garbed in thick-heeled flip–flops) and just jotted down notes from the man, the myth’s musings.
Understandably difficult to keep up, what you’ll read is more of an account of what it’s like to be between the walls of the Paisley Park palace then a full-fledged Q&A session, but it is certainly an insightful one. Catch Prince’s thoughts on the internet and the reasoning behind his solo tour below, then hit the link to get the full script.
On his freshly-announced solo tour:
“I’m doing it to challenge myself, like tying one hand behind my back, not relying on the craft that I’ve known for 30 years. I won’t know what songs I’m going to do when I go on stage, I really won’t. I won’t have to, because I won’t have a band. Tempo, keys, all those things can dictate what song I’m going to play next, you know, as opposed to, ‘Oh, I’ve got to do my hit single now, I’ve got to play this album all the way through,’ or whatever. There’s so much material, it’s hard to choose. It’s hard. So that’s what I’d like to do.”
On the standards of honesty in journalism that the internet imposes:
“See, everybody knows when somebody’s lazy, and now, with the internet, it’s impossible for a writer to be lazy because everybody will pick up on it. In the past, they said some stuff that was out of line, so I just didn’t have anything to do with them. Now it gets embarrassing to say something untrue, because you put it online and everyone knows about it, so it’s better to tell the truth.”