2 Sides 2 Every Story When It Comes 2 Prince

Prince. Photo: Kevin Mazur Copyright WireImage.com/NPG Records 2011
Prince. Photo: Kevin Mazur Copyright WireImage.com/NPG Records 2011

Prince. Photo: Kevin Mazur Copyright WireImage.com/NPG Records 2011

So, Prince is getting ready to embark on a European tour that actually kicks off with dates in Canada this weekend.  For the European tour, Prince did 3 interviews we are told.  2 of them at the same time.  1 was with the Guardian and Le Parisian both interviewing him at the same time.

The Guardian had quoted Prince...or mis-quoted....as it did not go into detail of what his answer or answers were.  Since Prince does not allow recording devices, this does some times happen.  We are running what the Le Parisian wrote as it is more detailed and has more length to Prince's answers to the questions he was asked;

We almost fainted when he heard on the phone: "It's for tomorrow. Get ready. "A few days before his unique concert at Stade de France on June 30, Prince is visiting Paris. And he wanted to talk. The incredible news - we have not slept all night - will be confirmed: "Be there at 19.00 hours.(7pm)

Not allowed to record anything. If he likes you, you have time. "Go to a selected restaurant near the Champs-Elysees. Feverish, we are led into an empty room upstairs. An hour passes. Suddenly, Prince appears. Alone, without bodyguards or entourage. Smiling, all in black, a silver chain around his neck, he tends a firm handshake, apologizes for being late, asks "How are you? "And" What's there fun to do tonight in Paris?  "Sits on the bench, ordering a green tea," Go, discussions. "

You played at the Zenith, Bercy, the Parc des Princes. Stade de France ... is the missing one from your list of conquests?

Prince. The thing is, I have a group of incredible quality. It's like a basketball all star team: each one is a champion in their field. When we play together, there is such an overflow of energy it takes at least a stadium/stage to greet it.

What will the show look like on 30th June?
"There will be many surprises. What I can tell you is that by playing in New York and Los Angeles it resulted in a very controlled show. This stage is at the end."

We know that you rehearse a lot. How do you work with your group?
"I love being a tyrant (smile). But with love. I ask from them a very high level of excellence, but they are also perfectionists."

What do you remember of the 1980's?
"Michael (Editor's note: Jackson) and I appeared at a time when there was nothing. On MTV, there was nothing. People dressed like they were going to the supermarket. We were the exceptions."

Are you nostalgic for that time?
"Sometimes yes. Sometimes I see the shirts/clothes that I was wearing. But musically, no. I play more guitar, I sing better, I am a better arranger."

Are you working on a new album?
"I no longer records songs. I do not want to record as long as the crisis in the music industry will not be resolved. No one earns money. I'll go to the White House to discuss with the government the issues on copyright. It's the Wild West. Everything must be clean."

But you had been one of the first artists to use the Internet ...
"Yes, but at that time, we made money."

You very early on went to war against the record companies ...
"A record company boss told me, straight in the eye: "But, Prince, you do still believe that our goal is to make you earn money? "I was accused of distributing my album" Planet Earth "with an English newspaper, but it allowed me to reach 2 million people. I fought for control over my records. From there, no one dictated to me what I should do."

Is it true that you have hundreds of songs in your files?
"That's true. I listen to some of them with my band and they give me feedback on them."

What do you do between concerts/shows/gigs?
"I study. I learn. I like to talk to people. In all the countries I go to, I meet the people. For example I'm going back to/returning to Morocco. I really like the Muslim culture. I don't understand what people have against veiled women/women in bhurkhas. How can you stop people dressing how/the way they want to?"

The people you meet are they very intimidated by you?
"No, I am very easy to access. Here, for example, do you feel uncomfortable with me? No! Celebrity means nothing in reality, we are all the same."

When you are in Paris, what do you do?
"I go out at night. During the day I can not. The days when I could still walk the streets without being harassed by the paparazzi are long gone."

It seems/would appear you don't like your songs being covered?
"First of all it's lazy. Then/secondly its as if you've erased/ruined/wiped out the original version. This only happens only in music. Can you imagine if everybody did their own version of the Harry Potter film or book? Do you want to hear somebody else singing 'Kiss'? Not me."

You don't have any wrinkles (you haven't aged a bit), what's your secret?
"Time is a spiritual thing (you're as young as you feel). God doesn't count the passing years. He doesn't have any date of birth in the Bible. I don't celebrate my birthdays any more. If you stay active, if you learn new things (keep learning), if you travel, then you stay young."

2 interviews.  Done at the same time.  Yet, one has more fuller answers and more attention to detail.  Very interesting.  Was there an agenda?  I rather Prince talk about music and performances all day long.  It's like watching Michael Jordan.  I care about his skills on the court.  Could care less that he loves McDonalds and wears Hanes underwear.  Calvin Kleins are softer Michael, just for the record.

So what do you all think happened here?  I am glad there was some clarification and not just sound bites.-Dr.FB

Diagnosis:  Whatever You Think....Is True

UPDATE:  The interviewer for the Guardian, Dorian Lynskey had this to say regarding the interview with Prince

Hi. I did the Guardian interview and had no sinister agenda at all. In fact I almost left out the line about burqas because I thought it might take too much attention from the rest of the piece (which it did), although this French Q&A also misrepresents that part of the conversation because the “How can you stop people dressing” bit was in response to a follow-up question about the French burqa ban, not about muslim countries.

Inevitably with two people taking longhand notes (one of whom is doing an interview in his second language) there will be differences. Some of the French version is definitely wrong – it was clearly “loving tyrant” not “I love being a tyrant”, for example. Equally, I can’t say for sure that I didn’t mishear or mistranscribe a few words. I wish I could have recorded it and checked every word myself. But nothing was deliberately fabricated. Please don’t assume that there has to be some weird agenda behind everything.

Michael Hann, the editor of the story for the Guardian contacted us as well:

I’m the editor who commissioned the piece from Dorian. There’s a further issue that explains the indisputable differences between the Guardian’s interview and Le Parisien’s. Not only has their interview been conducted in a second language, and then translated into the writer’s mother tongue, it’s then been further translated back into English for the version that appears above. Anyone who’s ever played the game where you use web translation tools to take a favourite song lyric, translate it into another language, then back into English knows that the final result is unlikely to bear much relation to the original.
By the way, there is of course no circumstance in which a newspaper with an international readership in the tens of millions would compromise its journalism by taking an editorial line from a group of people on a fan site. It just doesn’t happen. As Dorian says, there was no agenda: we at the Guardian were as surprised as anyone by what he had to say.


Your First Look At Nike’s New Air Jordan 3’s!

Air Jordan 3's From Nike. Photo: Sofabrand.com
Air Jordan 3's From Nike. Photo: Sofabrand.com

Air Jordan 3's From Nike. Photo: Sofabrand.com

Adam Sofa has designed the next generation of Air Jordan's hitting store shelves this September.  The Air Jordan 3's are in high demand and we are giving you a sneak peak at the new kicks you are going to want.

the Air Jordan 3 Retro “Stealth” features a Light Graphite base with Stealth Grey cement print, Varsity Red eyelets, and a Black midsole alongside a white outsole. Additional hits of black appear on the tongue, lining and heel, and the Jumpman logo’s are accented with a dose of Varsity Red.

The photos provided are the kids version but will be coming out for men and women.  Awesome!

For more photos, go HERE!

Gotta get me some!-Dr.FB

Diagnosis: Jordan Is Still The Man!

Air Jordan 3's From Nike. Photo: Sofabrand.com

Air Jordan 3's From Nike. Photo: Sofabrand.com


Michael Jordan On LeBum’s Decision “There’s No Way I Would Do It”

Michael Jordan. Photo: Nike.com
Michael Jordan. Photo: Nike.com

Michael Jordan. Photo: Nike.com

Bill Parcells said it best.  "He hasn't won anything yet.  Don't anoint him."  He was speaking of Tony Romo but the same can be said about LeBron James. 

Until 2 weeks ago, LeBron James was called the "next Michael Jordan" and nicknames of "King James" and "The Chosen 1" when he doesn't have a ring to his name.  Yes, there is a reason why I chose a photo of Michael Jordan with all those rings.  James will never see that many rings unless Pat Riley let's him borrow his. 

I have been waiting to hear what Michael Jordan thought of Lebum's decision and it did not disappoint.

"There's no way, with hindsight, I would've ever called up Larry [Bird], called up Magic [Johnson] and said, 'Hey, look, let's get together and play on one team,'"

"But that's ... things are different. I can't say that's a bad thing. It's an opportunity these kids have today. In all honesty, I was trying to beat those guys."

Jordan speaks of a time where it was all about competitiveness and drive.  Something that James lacks.  He doesn't want to be the man taking the last shot. He wants to be the man who passes the ball to the man taking the last shot. 

Charles Barkley even weighed in stating:

"He'll never be Jordan," "This clearly takes him out of the conversation. He can win as much as he wants to.

"There would have been something honorable about staying in Cleveland and trying to win it as 'The Man' ... LeBron, if he would've in Cleveland, and if he could've got a championship there, it would have been over the top for his legacy, just one in Cleveland. No matter how many he wins in Miami, it clearly is Dwyane Wade's team."

Miami and most of Florida do not see the problem with James going to Miami.  From the way he handled it by having an hour special to announce it and saying "I am taking my talents to South Beach."  It wasn't so much arrogance, but that he still hasn't won anything. 

Make no mistake about it; his odds of winning one or a few went up by joining Wade in Miami, but his legacy is tarnished.  Sometimes, that means more.  If he wouldn't have done the 1 hour special, people still would have been upset.  If he went to Chicago, people would not be as pissed because he would be the man.

Last week's cover of Sports Illustrated said it all with the cover shot.  Lebum looking over Wade's shoulder.  It's clearly not his team and he will never have to worry about being compared to Michael Jordan ever again.-Dr.FB


Bulls Versus Celtics & NBA Playoff Round-Up

Ben Gordon Gets An Earful From Garnett.  Photo: AP/Elise Amendola
Ben Gordon Gets An Earful From Garnett.  Photo: AP/Elise Amendola

Ben Gordon Gets An Earful From Garnett. Photo: AP/Elise Amendola

The Cavs moved on.  The Lakers moved on.  The rest...well, it's kind of weird.

I did say that the Mavs would beat San Antonio.  I just did not know they would dismantle them.  Denver laying the smackdown on the Hornets by 58. The Hornets say it's just one game.  True, but only one team won a series after getting beat that bad.  They got beat so bad, Chris Brown took credit for it. 

These playoffs have been exciting by teams thinking they could sleep walk thru a series.  Yes, Orlando and Miami, I am talking about you.  Orlando will & has recovered, Miami will not.  Houston is about to eliminate Portland and move out of the first round without you know who, who can't get out of a first round.

The most exciting series hands down has been the Boston Celtics versus the Chicago Bulls.  3 over times in 3 games?  Seriously?  Another one last night that went the Celtics way with Ray Allen fouled out, Garnett in street clothes and Powe out for the season.  This series was the most exciting.  The Bulls may force a game 7 with a win on Thursday, but you are not beating Boston in a game 7 at the Garden.  Not. Gonna. Happen.  Not even Jordan did it.

As the Lakers and Cavs sit and wait, I will make this second round prediction; The Mavs will beat the Nuggets in the 2nd round to face the Lakers after L.A. knocks off the Rockets.  Take it to Vegas baby.-Dr.FB


Kobe Bryant Passes Michael Jordan’s MSG Record; Drops 61 Points On The Knicks!

Kobe Steps Up As Bynum Goes Down.  Photo: Kathy Willens/AP
Kobe Steps Up As Bynum Goes Down.  Photo: Kathy Willens/AP

Kobe Steps Up As Bynum Goes Down. Photo: Kathy Willens/AP

Ok, I know basketball season doesn't really start until after the all star break and unless it's Boston versus L.A. or Lebron versus Kobe, it's usually not worth mentioning. Unless you break a record held by Michael Jordan.

I joked at the office today that Kobe would have to drop a double nickel (55 points) against the Knicks, something Jordan has done twice.  Well, Kobe proved me semi-right as he put up a Madison Square Garden record 61 points!  Bernard King techically had the record with 60 until Kobe broke it with a little over 3 minutes to spare.

Chants of MVP and standing ovations  for Kobe as he electrified the crowd as an injured Andrew Bynum watched with crutches from the bench.  Bynum is expected to be out 12 weeks like we reported earlier, but will he be slow to recover like he did last year?  Laker fans can enjoy the night, but we will be having nights like this in June?-Dr.FB