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Entered on: March 16, 2004 12:00 AM by Jackzilla
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NEW YORK - Prince burst into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Monday with some blistering funk...

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From: Jackzilla Entered on: March 16, 2004 9:45 AM
Sorry, kids... I couldn't resist!

Prince Reigns at Hall of Fame Induction

NEW YORK -- Mick Jagger strutted like a rooster at his table just like he does on stage. Yoko Ono, in a silver-lamé jacket and oversized sunglasses, bounced like she was on the disco dance floor. John Mellencamp stood there smoking a cigarette, his eyes fixed on the stage, while Kid Rock had a beer in one hand and a blonde on the other.

All were transfixed by Prince onstage in full falsetto doing "Kiss," to open the 19th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies Monday night at the Waldorf Astoria hotel. He was the first to perform and the first to be inducted -- the only one of this year's seven honorees who made it in his first year of eligibility.

Since all 1,000 music bizzers in the black-tie crowd were on their feet, the standing ovation at the end of his three-song, 10-minute performance was inevitable. But the excitement was undeniable as the dazzling, dynamic Minnesotan in a riveting strange white suit ? with one long tail and, yes, one short one ? tore it up on three of his biggest hits: "Let's Go Crazy," a heavily orchestrated, jazzy "Sign 'o' the Times" and "Kiss" (which kicked off with the instrumental refrain from "Soul Man").

Then came the official induction speeches -- first from OutKast, recent winners of the Grammy's album of the year, and then Alicia Keys, Grammy's best new artist of 2001, sandwiched around a brief video tribute to Prince, featuring TV sound bites.

The bites were from various interviews ("I'll always live in Minneapolis; I find the people here very loving").

OutKast's Andre 3000 and Big Boi each spoke off the cuff about how Prince's music had excited them when they were kids and how he inspires them now that they are best-selling stars. Keys read a high-falutin' speech from a TelePrompter about all the kings in history -- Henry the 8th, King Solomon, King Tut, the Three Kings -- but there is only one Prince." She talked eloquently about he defied all restrictions and rules and made music that was "so superbad that he makes us feel supergood."

"He's an inspiration that generations will return to until the end of time," concluded Keys, 25, who was Prince's choice to induct him.

Then Prince pranced to the podium. After handshakes and hugs, he put his trophy on the floor and opened a red book.

"Thank you Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this is definitely an honor. When I first started out in this music industry, I was most concerned with freedom. Freedom to produce, freedom to play all the instruments on my record, freedom to say anything I wanted to. And after much negotiations, Warner Bros. Records granted me that freedom and I thank them for that."

In his two-minute speech, he gave props to artists who inspired him on "a journey more fascinating than I could ever have imagined" and then offered a little advice.

"A word to the wise: Without real spiritual mentoring, too much freedom can lead to the soul's decay. A word to the young artists: a real friend and mentor is not on your payroll." The crowd applauded. "A real friend and mentor cares for your soul as much as they do their own. I wish all of you the best on this fascinating journey. It ain't over. Peace."

All other inductees had only one speaker -- except the late Beatle George Harrison, who was inducted as a solo artist by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, his partners in the Traveling Wilburys.

After he was inducted, Prince sat at a table in the audience with his wife, Mani (whose black outfit with white trim matched his white suit with black shirt). Also at the table were, among others, Anita Baker and Larry Graham of Sly &the Family Stone. At one point, Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones went over and talked to Prince.

During Los Angeles folk-rocker Jackson Browne's overlong acceptance speech, Prince doodled with pen and paper. And soon thereafter, as Browne rocked out to "Running on Empty," the Purple One nodded his head to the beat, then played one-finger drums on his table to the tune and eventually stood and clapped for the guitar solo.

He left shortly after Browne's two-song performance, which was halfway through the four-hour-plus program. ... only to change into a black suit with red hat and shirt for a guitar solo tribute to George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" at night's end. Other inductees were Traffic, the '70s progressive-rock group; the R &B vocal group the Dells, who have been together for more than 50 years; heartland rocker Bob Seger; cartoonish blues-rockers ZZ Top, and, in the nonperformer category, Rolling Stone magazine founder/publisher/editor Jann Wenner. A musician is eligible 25 years after the release of his first album. About 1,000 industry workers and inductees vote for the Hall of Fame.

The induction dinner has traditionally been held in New York, even though the actual Hall of Fame opened in Cleveland in 1995.

Among the celebs at Monday's $1,500-a-plate affair were novelist Tom Wolfe, various members of TV's "Sopranos," rocker Lenny Kravitz and Hall of Famers Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, Robbie Robertson of the Band, George Clinton of Parliament-Funkadelic and Bruce Springsteen, who inducted Browne.

While the Hall of Fame was one of Prince's most prestigious moments in his career, it also is another in a series of high-profile moves for him this year.

He opened the Grammy Awards in February, has since appeared on various TV talk shows, and starts his Musicology Tour -- his first major trek in six years -- on March 29 in Los Angeles (with a June 16 concert in St. Paul).

Prince was scheduled to perform a late-night concert Monday in a New York nightclub. He also has tentatively set up an interview with the Los Angeles Times this week. Indeed, it ain't over. It sounds as if he is starting a new chapter.

An edited version of Monday's ceremonies will be broadcast at 7 p.m. Sunday on VH1.

Jon Bream is at or 612-673-1719.

From: BigFatty Entered on: March 16, 2004 12:25 PM
Couldn't you have just included the link???
From: Jackzilla Entered on: March 16, 2004 4:25 PM
Fatty - I had the same reaction when you posted the Gay Fatty picture. :)
From: Creeko Entered on: March 17, 2004 2:44 AM
This is clearly Jack?s attempt to bolster Prince's image so he can jack-up the price on all his Prince memorabilia and sell it on Ebay.
From: Jackzilla Entered on: March 17, 2004 9:31 AM
Shit negro! I gotta raise money somehow! I'm hemorrhaging cash with this new house! :)
From: Jackzilla Entered on: March 18, 2004 3:34 PM
Swerb - What's with The Press? They ran the AP story about the Hall of Fame induction. All of the write-ups (including that one) centers on Prince and how he stole the show. The Press' take? The headline was something like "Kid Rock says blah blah about Bob Segar". There are 2-3 pictures: All Bob Segar. The highlighted blurb? The one sentence from the article about Bob Segar. What the monkey stink? I know Segar is from Detroit, but puh-LEASE! I'm surprised there wasn't a Chevy ad ("Like a Rock") on the same page.

This concludes the rant by the resident Prince freak. Brought to you by The Home Depot!

From: Swerb Entered on: March 18, 2004 11:30 PM
Perhaps you should read one of my earlier posts about having a fuckhead boss. Several fuckhead bosses, to be honest.  
But Prince to you is like Jesus to, I dunno, Mel Gibson. You don't see anyone making a movie about Prince being nailed into a cross, do ya? Huh? Besides, Bob Seger makes for a much uglier photo.  
Personally, I stopped liking Prince after he stopped swearing. He won't even sing "you sexy motherfucker" anymore! What, did he find Jesus, too??
From: Jackzilla Entered on: March 19, 2004 10:37 AM
No, Prince found Jesus years ago (see "Purple Rain" b-side "God", "The Cross" or any song on the Lovesexy album). What he really found was Larry Graham (former bass-player for Sly and The Family Stone). Funky as ever, but a devout Jehova's Witness, he played in Prince's band for a spell and Prince stopped swearing around him just out of respect for him.

Bob Segar is one ugly mother, ain't he? They ran a promo on VH1 for the show and Segar's just gray hair and big teeth at this point. "Like a rock..."

From: Jackzilla Entered on: March 22, 2004 12:25 AM
Why am I such a Prince fan?

Did you see his guitar solo on "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" on VH1's Hall of Fame telecast tonight?

Any more questions? :)

(by the way, can George Harrison's son look ANY MORE like his dad?!)

From: The Bone Entered on: March 22, 2004 9:32 AM
Do you like Prince enough to let him cover his naked body in peanut butter and sleep in bed between you and Anjie?
From: Jackzilla Entered on: March 22, 2004 10:00 AM
Sometimes you scare me, Bone.
From: Ross Entered on: March 22, 2004 10:04 AM
I don't hear any denials!  
"Break out the Skippy, we gots us a rock star comin' over!"
From: Jackzilla Entered on: March 22, 2004 10:14 AM
Where do you kids get these homoerotic ideas? And why do I get the feeling that you both have elaborate and intricate sexual fantasies involving yourselves, condiments and a naked Quentin Tarintino?
From: Ross Entered on: March 22, 2004 10:24 AM
I think what we're really seeing here is that you really can't be the uber-fan that you want to be, Jack. You know how Prince is freaky like dat. If you can't get with the peanut butter program, he'll find a fan who can. "Next!"
From: Swerb Entered on: March 22, 2004 1:43 PM
You know, I think homosexual peanut butter escapades are part of the Jehovah's Witness spiritual rituals. Which makes the core question: Jack, would you convert to Jehovah's Witness if Prince knocked on your door with a handful of pamphlets?
From: John Entered on: March 22, 2004 10:25 PM
I saw some of the Hall of Fame show althouth I wasn't lucky enough to see Prince. I saw Bob Segar perform Turn the Page which I thought was pretty well done. I grew up listening to Segar and admit I like quite a bit of his music. I guess I like that old time rock and roll.
From: Swerb Entered on: May 20, 2004 12:18 PM
Hey, Zilla! You may already know this, being a Prince geek and all, but I talked to the GM at Van Andel Arena yesterday, and he said they have a Prince concert lined up for Aug. 1. You may want to keep the date open...
From: Jackzilla Entered on: May 20, 2004 3:28 PM
(rolling around on the floor like Homer, foaming at the mouth):  
Dr. Swerbius - I hadn't heard about the Van Andel show yet. We're already seeing him June 20 at the Palace and July 30 at The Joe! What a good summer it is for this purple hippie!
From: Jackzilla Entered on: March 10, 2009 11:38 AM

Prince is releasing his latest 3-CD set exclusively through Target at the end of this month.  Check out all the cool Prince fashions Target has in their latest ad!



I'm definately gonna pick up a "Sparkly Top" and "Assless Pants" for my "suave on the town gear" this spring.

From: Bunky Entered on: March 10, 2009 3:41 PM

Assless Pants are a must have for Spring this season....

From: Ross Entered on: March 10, 2009 6:04 PM

You have got to be kidding me....

From: Bunky Entered on: March 10, 2009 6:34 PM

Does that mean you are not buying a pair? It's a great way to make a sweet first impression on the new neighbors.... Not mention very convenient in a house with 5 shitters...

From: Bunky Entered on: May 29, 2009 3:24 PM

Jack, did you catch Prince on Leno last night?

From: Jackzilla Entered on: May 29, 2009 4:06 PM
Bunky said:

Jack, did you catch Prince on Leno last night?

No, I forgot!  I gotta download it...

From: Radmobile Entered on: May 29, 2009 7:16 PM

Speaking of Leno, I believe tonight is his last night on the Tonight Show.  "Stay tuned for Conan."


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