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REVISITING 1999

IT WASN’ T UNT I L PRINCE’S FI F TH ALBUM IN 1982 THAT THE WORL D REAL LY BEGAN TO TAKE NOT ICE OF THE H IGH PRI EST OF POP. NOW, AS 1999 BECOMES THE PURPLE ONE’S FI RST RECORD TO BE AWARDED THE SUPER-DELUX E BOXSE T T REATMENT, JOHN EARLS SPEAKS TO MEMBERS OF THE ICON’S INNER CI RCL E TO ESTABL ISH HOW HE BECAME A BONA FIDE SUPERSTAR…

For anyone who likes their musical history linear, it’d be fair to say that The Rolling Stones played a key part in Prince going global – even if they weren’t aware of it at the time. Prince’s two shows supporting The Stones at the Coliseum in LA in October 1981 have gone down in folklore as “That time Prince got booed offstage”. With Prince dressed in a see-through jacket and tiny black briefs, The Stones’ audience weren’t ready for a future superstar.

He lasted just four songs, before the fl ying detritus got too much and he left during Jack U Off. Two nights later, he had to endure it all again.

“The Rolling Stones beatdown was a dark period,” recalls Bobby Z, the drummer who had played with Prince since they both left different Minneapolis schools in 1976. “When you play as young musicians you don’t in your wildest nightmares expect to be physically, mentally and audibly ordered off stage with objects and boos coming at you. It was very traumatic – and it happened twice.” It was especially saddening for Prince, as he was such a huge Stones fan. Guitarist Dez Dickerson, who joined Prince’s band in 1979, says: “In all my time with Prince, I resonated most with his stated goal when I fi rst joined – to be a black version of The Rolling Stones. He’d say to me, ‘I’m Mick and you’re Keith.’ That came naturally to me. Actually, the opening two-thirds of that fi rst show with The Stones was stunning and memorable.

The part that’s become folklore wasn’t how that show began. Challenging as it was, it was still one of my favourite experiences with Prince.”

”THE WORD ‘PARTY’ IS KEY TO 1999. HE MIGHT SOUND TONGUE-IN-CHEEK, BUT ‘THAT’S RIGHT – PARTY’ IS AN IMPORTANT LINE, AS HE’S CLEANING UP THE MESS LEFT BEHIND BY ‘DISCO SUCKS’. “ BOBBY Z

1999 is the latest posthumous release from the Prince estate after recent collections of demos and live recordings © Allen Beaulieu
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In the latest issue, we have an exclusive interview with synth pioneers Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark as they celebrate 40 years of marrying art with pop. Elsewhere, we welcome back Simply Red – Mick Hucknall talks us through new album Blue Eyed Soul and Classic Pop speaks to Prince’s inner circle as the Purple One’s wonderful 1999 LP gets a revelatory boxset treatment. Our classic album this month is Peter Gabriel’s iconic So, the perfect union of pop and World music that made the former Genesis frontman a global star. There’s a dash of Acid Jazz funkiness as we meet Incognito and The Brand New Heavies plus we hear from Bruce Hornsby about how Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon has given him some latter-day hipster cachet. We take an in-depth look at the solo back catalogue of George Michael in our Album By Album feature and also hear from Midge Ure about his 1980 Tour and brand new career retrospective compilation. In our extensive reviews section, we put new albums from the likes of A-ha’s Magne Furuholmen, Anna Of The North, Alphabeat, The Wonder Stuff and David Hasselhoff under the microscope and there’s a bumper crop of reissues including that huge Prince boxset, Rick Astley, The Police, Sparks, David Bowie, Simple Minds, Factory Records and much more. Our books special includes reviews of Prince’s autobiography The Beautiful Ones, Andrew Ridgeley’s George & Me plus Debbie Harry’s Face It and more. For live reviews, we head to Hyde Park for Radio 2’s Festival In A Day – headlined by Pet Shop Boys – and elbow our way down the front for shows by xPropaganda/D:uel, Tanita Tikaram, The International Teachers Of Pop and Morten Harket.