July 25, 2021

Prince and his refusal to collaborate with Elton John

Written by: David López @FyDescritura June 12, 2021 2 minutes

That Roger Nelson, Prince, was a curious guy no one doubts. This is confirmed by Elton John that it was not easy to collaborate with him.

That Roger Nelson, Prince, was a curious guy no one doubts. This is confirmed by Elton John that it was not easy to collaborate with him. Duane Tudahi will edit the book shortly Prince and the Parade and Sign O’ the Times Era Studio Sessions: 1985 and 1986 where Elton John’s opinion on the artist chameleon is collected.

“The first time I saw him he was at a Grammy party at a restaurant in Los Angeles. I was just leaning against the wall. I walked over and said ‘my name is Elton and I’m a huge fan of what you do, I just wanted to tell you…’. Prince turned and left. It was an experience”.

“I knew I wanted a shy guy, but I still loved his music. Years later, he had a residence in Rio (Las Vegas) and also at Caesar’s Palace. At the latter hotel he even got a club created for him, Club 3121, with everything painted purple and I would always see him around town driving a Bentley with a purple design and a sun. ‘

«It was he who asked me to play with him “The long and winding road” by The Beatles. I told him that I didn’t know the lyrics and he told me that neither did he and that they were written on the ground. I got on stage, we started to play and suddenly I realized that he was gone.

But there was a third time, in London, at the O2 during his 21-night residency. He invited me to play the same song as The Beatles, but this time he stayed for the whole song. It was like playing with Lennon, Dylan or Ray Charles. It was one of the best performances I have ever seen. When he died, I said we had to kneel before him. I like to think that if you are a real musician, you recognize good music when you listen to it, but in the case of Prince it is not necessary since its quality was very high. You just had to have eyes and open your ears. We await your comments on this anecdote.

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