Prince Rogers Nelson is one of my biggest influences. From the first time 11-year-old me heard my Mum play “When Doves Cry” in the car on the way to the seaside or the first time 15-year-old me tried jamming “Purple Rain” on the drums. I learned how to play more than one instrument just because I heard the famous story of Prince performing every instrument on his 1978 debut album, “For You”.

I’ve enjoyed every phase of Prince’s career. Whether it be Prince, Prince & The Revolution, The Artist Formerly Known As Prince or even his more modern 3rdeyegirl. I loved how Prince could perform smooth, seductive R&B jams just as easy as he could perform hard rocking, funky, sexy tracks. The contrast between the high falsettos and delicate instrumentation of “The Most Beautiful Girl In the World” and ripping solos and emotional lyrics from “Purple Rain”. Prince was shown to still be making quality music even into the 2010’s with hits like “Breakfast Can Wait”.

The weird thing I always noticed about Prince though, is how well-known he is but how criminally underrated he was. Prince always seems to be recognised for how controversial a figure he is rather than how talented he was. You only need to watch the video of Prince playing “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” with Tom Petty, Steve Winwood and others at the 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to see how much of a talent prince was at his craft.

Nothing Compares 2 Prince and we’ll likely never see someone as talented, polarising, enigmatic and influential as the late, great Prince Rogers Nelson was.

R.I.P. Prince Rogers Nelson (1958-2016)

A true icon.

Published by Ryan Hagan