Sunday, February 02, 2020

The greatest press conference of all time

Everyone knows that Prince's performance at Super Bowl XLI was the greatest halftime show ever. But most people don't know that his pre-Super Bowl press conference was arguably even more legendary.

When we said, “You’ll have to have a press conference. They would like to interview you,” Prince point blank said, “I don’t do interviews.”

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Blogger thalios February 02, 2020 2:20 PM  

That was outstanding!

Blogger Rakshasa February 02, 2020 2:25 PM  

But what's his view on trans rights?

Blogger Unknown February 02, 2020 2:27 PM  

Your relentless fanboyism over Prince is something I'm thankful for Vox. The man was a creator and performer like no other and I'm sad that I came to like him only after the fact.

Blogger Dave February 02, 2020 2:51 PM  

"Contrary to rumor, I'd like to take a few questions right now." looks expectantly at the crowd for a second then turns and raises guitar...ok JAM!


Vox, when you wrote your lyrics did they look at all like this?

Blogger Gregory the Tall February 02, 2020 3:23 PM  

This is the only halftime show I ever saw and I fully agree it must be the best of them all. Thanks for making my evening (in Europe). The press conference was also mindblowing!

Blogger islanti February 02, 2020 3:26 PM  

Never talk to the media.

Blogger pdwalker February 02, 2020 3:32 PM  

such a talent. i wish he had released more music.

Blogger Sterling Pilgrim February 02, 2020 3:54 PM  

Prince won me over when he appeared on the View, and the black hole star told him she wanted to make love to him, and he left the set immediately. Barbara Walters almost lost her dentures.

Blogger CCP February 02, 2020 4:37 PM  


Blogger Steve Samson February 02, 2020 5:01 PM  

Something else I am grateful for. Before I had heard of Vox Day, Prince to me was just a "guy who wrote a few good songs." Only Vox's appreciation for him spurred me to look deeper and I have had so so much enjoyment from his performances. What a musician,WHAT A GUITARIST, and I'd probably have continued to overlook him until my dying day without it. Thanks.

Blogger BrentG February 02, 2020 5:08 PM

The fun starts about 3:25. Not being a fan of Prince, I never realized how awesome he was on guitar.

Blogger bodenlose Schweinerei February 02, 2020 5:08 PM  

Let's be honest "greatest SB halftime clusterfarg" is a very low bar.

Just look at this year's, with PWoC Beyonce and Shakira (speaking Spanish makes you a PWoC, even if you look totally European) promising to promote diversity. The only thing worse than the actual event will be the endlessly fawning reviews and articles on how it "changed the way we look at diversity and at football!"

Blogger Doom February 02, 2020 5:43 PM  

That was a GREAT interview.

Blogger Clay February 02, 2020 6:45 PM  

I was thinking about this tonite, and it somehow reminded me of a band that used to tour quite a bit in my area of the world, named Cowboy Mouth. Most folks probably never heard of them. They are still current though, I believe. They could put on one helluva show. This song is just perfect for Mahomes:

Blogger The Depolrable Podunk Ken Ramsey February 02, 2020 6:58 PM  

BrentG wrote:Not being a fan of Prince, I never realized how awesome he was on guitar.

Prince didn't flaunt it, no idea why, he liked to flaunt other stuff.

Some journo asked Eric Clapton once, "What is like being the greatest living rock guitarist?" Clapton said, "Don't ask me. Ask Prince."

Blogger tublecane February 02, 2020 7:06 PM  

Prince would be asked inane questions at press conferences. Because what else? Not as though journalists can ask intelligent questions about music.

Often they revolved around his theoretical rivalry with Michael Jackson.* When asked who would win in a fight, I believe Prince once responded: "Michael's a lover, not a fighter." Which of course is what Michael was heard to say to Paul McCartney during the Girl Is Mine.

*Dunno what they actually thought about eachother, but all that every really happened is Prince refused to appease in the Bad video and sing on We Are the World. Big deal.

Blogger mrpinks February 02, 2020 7:51 PM  

I am grateful he didnt express himself with interpretive dance. Great press conference!

Blogger Thad Tuiol February 02, 2020 8:06 PM  

Never thought I'd miss the little weirdo, but I do. RIP Prince, the greatest rock guitarist

Blogger furor kek tonicus ( no need to be racist, Ratchets can Karen better than anybody ) February 02, 2020 8:21 PM  

giving reporters every ounce of respect that they've earned.

Blogger Arthur Isaac February 02, 2020 8:24 PM  

Prince would be a giant improvement over that debacle.

Blogger furor kek tonicus ( no need to be racist, Ratchets can Karen better than anybody ) February 02, 2020 8:24 PM  

oh crap. he just finished with 'Rock Lobster', that's hilarious.

Blogger CanticBear February 02, 2020 8:27 PM  

Wow, I need to dig into Prince. That was bad ass.

Blogger Boomer55 February 02, 2020 8:33 PM  

It's not over with Prince. I hope, "in the storm," more information comes out about his death. It was weird how many of these famous performers end up full on wanting a Christian Theocracy, but the revelations coming out now make it logical.

Blogger Hamilton February 02, 2020 9:23 PM  

Was driving in Georgia yesterday and a purple Jeep drove past. All purple. On the cover for the extra tire on the back was the Prince symbol and his eyes inside the shape.

People who know music know about Prince. And people who know about Prince know he was a master and a genius.

Blogger mmaier2112 February 03, 2020 12:15 AM  

Meh... he was far better as a producer than a guitarist.

Blogger Unknown February 03, 2020 12:51 AM  

Hey, the journos got a free concert and plenty of words out of him. They should be very pleased and able to turn it into almost any meaning they want.

Blogger Scuzzaman February 03, 2020 8:07 AM  

The master at work.


Blogger pdwalker February 03, 2020 1:33 PM  

@25 then you must think he was a master producer. And her certainly was.

I'd often be listening to a new song and think "Prince!". Then I'd later find out that the song was produced by Prince, or was a young talent guided by Prince, or was a song written by Prince.

@Hamilton: People who know music know about Prince. And people who know about Prince know he was a master and a genius.

Absolutely this. Whether you liked his lyrics or not, there is no denying his absolute mastery of music in all its aspects.

Lastly. I don't know if this story about Prince is true or not, but if not, it should be:

Blogger Silly but True February 03, 2020 7:16 PM  

Everyone learned more about what makes Prince tick with this interview than they would from any of his answers to their questions. He wasn’t trolling anyone; quite the contrary, he gave this performance 200% — it was a performance of the audience’s lifetimes.

Blogger Chris DeBoe February 03, 2020 11:36 PM  

The Depolrable Podunk Ken Ramsey wrote:Some journo asked Eric Clapton once, "What is like being the greatest living rock guitarist?" Clapton said, "Don't ask me. Ask Prince."

Urban legend, I reckon. The first time I heard it, perhaps 40 years ago, the interviewee said "I don't know, but I can call Phil Keaggy and ask him."

Blogger daedal February 04, 2020 7:16 PM  

I took my first gut impressions of Prince as a young child in the 80's and never wavered. All I saw was another androgynous weirdo a la all the other glam freaks.

Although I admit to having never made a deliberate effort to inquire further into the man, nothing I have seen from performances, lyrics, interviews, or reports from third parties has changed my mind, talent notwithstanding.

The dude had issues imo. And while I hold zero ill-will toward him, and am happy to concede ANY level of musical talent people wish to assure me that he had, I cannot bring myself to believe his influence was a net good.

Blogger nightskyradio February 05, 2020 2:44 AM  

pdwalker - Prince himself discusses that story in this short sound clip here.

And you may know this already, but Prince pulled one back on Chappelle.

Blogger Steve Samson February 05, 2020 5:08 PM  

First things first... apologies for commenting on a post so so old.

I just had this come up in my YT recommended

It's Prince performing Radiohead's "Creep" - a song and a band I know our SDL doesn't like. The genius of Prince is really apparent here. It's a cover, but by changing the subject of the song he makes it completely different and yet the same song you recognise. I'm so so regretful I never realised who Prince was while he lived.

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