2016 has already seen the death of some music legends including David Bowie, Merle Haggard, Glenn Frye, George Martin, and now Prince. There’s a funny article posted today that Dave Grohl has been ordered to stay indoors.
“At the rate 2016 is going, he wouldn’t make it thirty feet out the door without a piano falling on him, which would be tragic, considering he’s a guitar player. He must be locked in the house, given a Netflix subscription and told to wait for further instructions.”
We must protect the musicians we have left! There was a time I worked in radio and I was in Minneapolis for a convention. It was probably 2000 or early 2001. I remember a local guy telling me that Prince would randomly show up at a bar or club very late at night and perform. No one knew where, when, or even what songs he would play, but it was pretty special when it happened. I have never been a big fan of Prince. I’m familiar with his hits, but had not even heard of “Darling Nikki” until the Foo Fighters covered it in 2003. Prince didn’t allow the Foo’s to release “Nikki” in the states, which led everyone to assume that he didn’t like their version. Apparently Prince was not a fan of anyone covering his music. Then in 2007 at the Super Bowl halftime show, Prince covered “Best of You.” We’ll never know why he did it. Maybe he liked the song or it was his way of telling the Foo’s he could cover one of their songs better than they covered his. During the halftime show, he also covered Queen’s “We Will Rock You,” Hendrix’s “All Along the Watchtower,” and CCR’s “Proud Mary.” He was on the biggest stage in the world and he was playing other people’s music. He was a performer and didn’t seem interested in promoting himself. It was certainly one of the better halftime shows in recent history.