From his amazing outfits to his quirky taste in snacks, 5 favorite memories of His Royal Badness.
By: John Maxwell and Halley Burns
2 years ago
Prince Rogers Nelson, the musical superstar known better simply as Prince, died April 21 2016. Though he'd been ill for weeks prior, the 57-year-old's death came as a shock to fans worldwide. Below, we revisit five times when The Purple One won our hearts.
When He Played “Purple Rain” (in the Rain)
After years out of the mainstream pop spotlight, Prince came storming back (in a storm) during the halftime show of Super Bowl XLI on Feb. 2, 2007. Before a television audience of more than 140 million, he tore through covers of Queen’s “We Will Rock You,” Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower,” and Foo Fighters' “Best of You,” as well as his own hits, “Let’s Go Crazy,” “1999,” “Baby I’m a Star,” and “Purple Rain.” He reminded everyone that he was one of the greatest showmen of all time.
When He Made His Guitar Gently Weep...
One of the problems with Prince being a pop icon was that it was easy to overlook the true breadth of his immense musical talent. Not only was he a great singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, but he was one of the greatest guitarists of all time. His gift was on full display in a solo he played during a 2004 tribute performance of George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” He could make his guitar do anything, and when he tossed it in the air at the end of the song, there are some who say it never came back down.
When He Wore Purple
Fashion was an essential part of Prince’s image. Over his career he sported many looks, sometimes outrageous, usually sexy, and practically always purple. Perhaps his most iconic look was during the early to mid-1980s when he sported an updated 18th-century wardrobe, complete with ruffled shirts, tight breeches, and padded jackets. Alongside his band the Revolution, Prince looked like the founding father of the Minneapolis sound.
When He Shared His Silly Side
In 2011, Heavy Table launched What’s In Your Fridge, a series exploring what lies within celebrities' refrigerators. They asked Prince if he'd be their inaugural subject, and he consented (eight months later). The results of Prince's kitchen exploration were strange and endearing: the Heavy Table team found 18 types of mustard, a quart of yak milk – and five pounds of the 90s snack Dunk-a-roos. When asked about the Dunk-a-roos, Prince wrote:
“Don’t know what 2 say about Dunk-a-roos. They’re just good! Sometimes you want a food that is comfortable and takes you back. For me, it’s those crazy little kangaroo crackers.”
When We Caught Glimpses of His Private Life
Prince was a private person and much of who he was off stage and behind the camera is unknown. However, we got a glimpse of what he may have been like during his heyday thanks to Eddie Murphy’s brother Charlie, who famously retold his celebrity encounter with Prince on “The Chappelle Show.” In Charlie Murphy’s story Prince was an incredible basketball player who played in full “blouse” regalia and served pancakes to his opponents after trouncing them on the court. We’ll never know for sure if it happened, but we’d love to believe that it did.
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