Prince Talks to Reporters in Paris – Full Audio!

Prince takes questions from reporters in Paris. Oct. 12, 2009
Prince takes questions from reporters in Paris. Oct. 12, 2009

Prince takes questions from reporters in Paris. Oct. 12, 2009

On Monday, Prince gathered with a group of reporters in Paris' Hotel Costes to talk about his recent stay there which has included numerous fashion shows and two concerts at Paris' Le Grand Palais on Sunday night. Below is full audio from the 12 minute session. And below that are some of the questions and answers from the reporter's session (courtesy of Yahoo! News).

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So does that mean Prince doesn't even like french fries? πŸ˜‰ -Dr.FB

PARIS (AFP) – Paris is "erotic" and "inspirational", US pop star Prince said Monday after wowing city audiences in a venue never formerly used as a concert hall -- the landmark glass-and-iron Grand Palais exhibition centre.

Prince's Sunday concerts were last-minute affairs, organised in four to five days, after the 51-year-old artist visited and fell in love with the vast hall on the banks of the Seine river.

On Monday he met a small group of journalists, including AFP, in a chic Paris hotel. Following are excerpts from the hour-long chat.

Q: Why did you choose the Grand Palais?

A : When I did "21 nights" in London, the sound of the audience was so powerful that I needed something better and bigger. And when I saw the Chanel fashion show (last week) and Karl (Lagerfeld) came out and there was this roar that came up, I was jealous.

Q: You fell in love with the Grand Palais. Do you fall in love often?

A: I needed some place to stay and that was the best that you could do, so...

Q: What did you think about yesterday's shows?

A: They were my favourite so far. I always try to outdo the different shows that I've done.

Q: Can you define the pleasure of being on stage and making music?

A: I was telling a friend of mine recently that it feels like I'm in a dream and I don't like to go to sleep anymore, because the dream is never as good as real life.

Q: What did you think about the crowd last night?

A: Amazing. It is actually indescribable, that much love. They were very respectful. We asked that no one used camera phones and they honoured that request, unlike Americans who are so obsessed with technology. We don't like to have our concert filmed that way because it sounds so bad and then you give all the footage to somebody like YouTube who is run by Universal Publishing, and some of those same lawyers.

Q: What about your time in Paris? Does the city bring you inspiration?

A: It's a very erotic town, so it's very inspirational.

Q: Do you like French food?

A: No.

Q: When you sing "Dance For Me", are you thinking about somebody special?

A: Yes. I was looking in the mirror when I wrote it.

Q: You struggled a lot for you artistic freedom and now it seems you are totally free. How does it feel?

A: These are the days I was looking forward to. It's hard to sleep because the options are so numerous. It was worth the fight, it was worth the struggle. I advise every artist to go through it if they can. The cream rises to the top anyway. A real free music doesn't mean that you don't pay for it, it just means there are no authoritarian figures telling you what you're supposed to do with it.

Q: Is the Internet opening new doors for you?

A: It's a tool. It's not a means to an end. My concerts have always been dear to me and it's almost a shame I got so good at making records because the media is dying now, so until something new happens and we get some laws and restrictions to how the media is used and the revenue is shared, then I'll just stick with the live stuff and every once in a while I'll do records.

Q: Are you a happy man today?

A: Very happy. More happy than ever actually.

Q: If you changed your name again today, what would you change it for?

A: I like this name. I think it fits.

Q: If you were to write the definition of funky in a dictionary, what would the definition be?

A: If you can describe it, you ain't funky.

Q: Are there any questions you want us to ask you?

A: Ask me about God. We need him. We all do.

Comments (50)
  1. So happy that he took out some time to do an interview. πŸ˜‰ Much appreciated.Awww….I believe him to be the purple gate keeper to funkland and I want my 1 way golden ticket!lol I must give props to the people that were fortunate enough to attend the shows.The energy from the crowd was amazing!He was given the love & respect that he so richly deserves!Don’t keep him there 2 long! lol So Princey u should do more interviews cause when you talk honey ,not only have “u got the look”~u got me hook,line & sinker!So keep talkin to me in that tone of voice! πŸ˜‰ Yes everyone does need God! πŸ™‚ Not referenced as “Jehovah”.That’s different.Hmm?Maybe it’s just me.Thanks Doc for the info.

  2. gracias doctor por compartir. merci!!

  3. He could not have said the things he said any better. Right on point with all things. I like A-2 said like the backgound info on the music industry stuff. I use to work in that industry and it is so……. cute throat to the MAXX!!!! Best thing is to sit back watch and learn all you can. Anyway very good interview, nice to hear his voice. WoW. Thanx Doc.

  4. nice interview thanx 4 sharing

  5. Plus much respect to him for talking honestly about the music industry and who is behind YT

  6. Love it he always makes me laugh, he is very quick witted. I love this:

    “Q: If you were to write the definition of funky in a dictionary, what would the definition be?

    A: If you can describe it, you ain’t funky.”


  7. @ Esther

    I’m sure Prince is deeply sadden by Michael Jackson’s death. He may never speak publicly about it. However, he did play a MJ/The Jacksons song (Shake Your Body Down) at the shows in Paris.

  8. Good to see prince having a good time in gay-paree, it seems like he has some sought of resentment towards us americans (i hope thats not the case), but i gotta say he is one cool kat when he’s doing interviews…he gave an sarcastic answer to the ‘being happy’ question (u gotta love him for that πŸ˜‰ )

  9. Too Cool this dude is.

  10. on dat note…I need God right now to work out my problems.

  11. ^ Bob, whoever you are, I love you. LOL

    That is all.

  12. Well Doc, you do the questions, I’ll do the filming – free, i’ll take the plane from Amsterdam – and I’m good. It’s your call.
    Too bad that he didn’t give no response.
    Maybe because he doesn’t give a sh*t?
    That could also be a possibility …

  13. Trust me Esther, I would know which questions to be asked.

    BTW, I did ask the ? after a certain someone died. There was no response when I asked for a statement.

    You know I wanted it. I did not want CNN to have it. I did not want MTV to have it nor Rolling Stone.

    I tried, but no response. It is all good. When he is ready…..I am here.

  14. This interview was about Prince in Paris….I am happy with the questions the reporters asked, they were appropriate for the event.
    Prince is very selective as to who he allows to interview him…it is rare to even get such lengthily interview as it is, the French respected that.

    Esther, I am sorry that you feel this way but it would not have been fitting to ask about MJ.

  15. Oh well, the good part is the guy opens his mouth and actually says something instead of staring everybody down.
    And was it forbidden to ask anything about a certain deceased one?
    Yeah, I do care and at least it would have been more interesting than “Do you like French food?”.
    (me neither)
    Dr. Funkenberry, if you ever manage to get an interview, let ME help you with the question list, I will also shoot it for you.

  16. I’m loving it! Thanks!

  17. Fantastic interview! Very cool to hear what Prince has to say.

    Thank u 4 posting this Doc, very appreciated!

  18. Helleu miesster Prance, ies your favuriet couleur Puurple? Dzjoo you have pet aniemals? Dzjoo u have any brozzers ou siesters? What dzjoo you laike tzoo do ien your free taime? Have you ever baked an zzstrawwberrie caike? Dzoo u play moeure inzstrumentsz zen ze guitarz? Are you ien fact a homosexzual? Dzo you like zo zells zings on ebay? What you riel name ies?

  19. thx doc u made my day with this Prince interview. Prince has confirmed his happiness and I am so happy 4 him…

  20. Precious Lord, take my hand! Something makes me feel all like oh my God. Lead me on, lead me on! Thank you, THANK YOU for sharing. Just WOW WOW WOW. My sweet Lord, hallelujah, HEAVEN HELP US ALL.

  21. Very interesting.Something he said gave me chills.In a good way. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing

  22. So not one of the French reporters had the idea of asking about upcoming concerts in Paris? Jesus!? An hour long of questions about the French kitchen without asking him about his concerts? Well if he didn’t bring it up himself after organising an hour long press conference filled with chit chat, the concerts yesterday where probably it.

  23. WOW thanx Doc

    Prince is just WOW

    Peace and <3

  24. It’s good to hear from Prince.

  25. I KNEW IT!! I just DID. My God ..I love you Prince!!
    Thanks doc for posting

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