Prince & Michael Jackson Were Friends?

Prince & Michael Jackson.  Photo: MSN.Com

Prince & Michael Jackson. Photo: MSN.Com

Prince and Michael Jackson were friendly rivals?  Seriously? According to former band members of the Purple One, it’s true.

A report in the Startribune, Bobby Z., Prince’s drummer for the Revolution, remembers watching the 1984 Grammys with Prince as Michael Jackson swept the Grammys.

“We were watching rough cuts of [the movie] ‘Purple Rain,’ and we knew that’s where Prince wanted to be the next year,” Z said Thursday.

Michael Jackson even showed up to 2 Purple Rain shows backstage.  Although Michael Jackson did want to work with Prince a few years later, Prince declined due to lyrical differences.

Michael Bland insisted they got along fine.  “They’d shoot hoops at Paisley Park,” Prince’s studio/home in Chanhassen. “We used to get packages from MJJ Productions [with] footage of Sly Stone performing in Europe. Prince would pop it in the VCR, and we’d watch it.”

Prince even defended Michael at a press conference in 2000 where he said something along the lines of “we don’t really know what is going on with him and maybe we need to chill on that.” (I can’t find the original transcript so paraphrasing people.)

Personally speaking, I did see Michael Jackson attend one of Prince’s shows at 3121 Las Vegas in 2006 with Wil I Am of the Black Eyed Peas and Chris Tucker. Michael did not make the after show as planned where he was to be seated with Michael Jordan.

Recently, Prince has been performing Michael Jackson songs in his sets, “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough” and recently “Dancing Machine” by the Jackson 5

It’s nice to know my favorite artist Prince had an interesting connection with Michael that many of us did not know, beating him in hoops I am sure. -Dr.FB



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  • Sbel
    Posted at 12:29h, 25 May

    And now that Prince is gone too…

  • Slick
    Posted at 20:31h, 24 May

    Michael named his son Prince, enough said.

  • Brat
    Posted at 21:32h, 22 April

    Here is the footage of Prinde defending Michael

  • amber
    Posted at 03:09h, 22 April

    Michael was the best singer, dancer, and overall entertainer. Prince was a great musician. Both men were great in their own style. It seem people wanted them to have drama, not them.

  • hazeleyes71
    Posted at 02:48h, 22 April

    I had to reread this article one day after Prince’s sudden passing yesterday morning. I do believe there was no beef between him and MJ. I believe they were probably very cool with each other. I am sure they talked from time to time, and I think they respected each other’s gifts and talents deeply. Both men were very private, and I can imagine neither really wanted the unnecessary fanfare and speculation that just hanging out and chilling together would cause.

  • clark townsend harris jr.
    Posted at 09:41h, 21 April

    prince and micheal Jackson where superstar icons in pop and rock and roll like many they will be missed here on earth ,,,,now all that is left is to hope that they acceped jesus Christ as lord and savior,,as well to anyone who reads this god bless

  • fatima
    Posted at 07:01h, 13 April

    Thats not true in the 80’s there were a whole bunch of magazines saying debets and Prince VS Michael so don’t listen to them.

  • JulianJoe
    Posted at 03:37h, 02 February

    @Damein  never. rsrss

  • Deak
    Posted at 02:54h, 01 September

    Come on everyone Prince is a great entertainer no doubt. I used to be a huge Prince fan. Perm my hair even put a fake mole on my face. High heel shoes as well.
    The women loved me in the 80s. To compare Prince to Michael Jackson should not be a discussion because it is not worthy of one. People are actually comparing Prince to Michael Jackson. Prince first has to get by Rick James, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Whitney Houston and so on.Not even close. Michael Jackson was on a different level. The Purple one will never feel this man shoes. Michael Jackson is the greatest performer singer, dancer ever. It is an insult to compare Prince to a legend like Michael Jackson.

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