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Prince | Interview

The Purple Yoda dispenses wisdom via e-mail.

Prince

What are your memories of early shows in 1980 and ’81 at the Uptown Theatre and Park West? Why do you think Chicago audiences took to your act so quickly?
WE’RE NOT 1 2 REMINISCE BUT WE ALWAYS GOT THE AUDIENCE WE DESERVED AND THAT TIME WAS PRETTY WILD. CHICAGO IS A MUSIC TOWN. MY FATHER SPOKE OF IT OFTEN AS BEING ONE OF THE PLACES HE LIKED 2 PLAY BEST. THEY HAVE SEEN THE BEST AND EXPECT NOTHING LESS.

You’ve worked with local artists like Chaka Khan and Mavis Staples. Is there something special about the Chicago scene?
IT COULD HAPPEN ANYWHERE BUT GROUPS LIKE RUFUS FEATURING CHAKA KHAN MIXED DIFFERENT GENRES WELL BUT ALWAYS KEPT THE SONG 1ST. SAME 4 THE STAPLES SINGERS. RESPECT YOURSELF? BEYOND SPECIAL.

Of all the Chicago shows you’ve played, which was your favorite?
THE NEXT ONE! :)

Should local fans expect anything special at these shows?
WHEN ASKED BY VAN JONES IF WE WOULD B WILLING 2 HELP PROVIDE A LITTLE RELIEF 4 THE WORKING PEOPLE OF THE CITY, WE THOUGHT IT BEST 2 PUT 2GETHER A SETLIST THAT FEATURED ALOT OF FUN PARTY SONGS AND SOME OLDER CLASSICS BY FAVORITE ARTISTS THAT WERE EASILY RECOGNIZABLE. A NIGHT 2 REMEMBER. THIS BAND HAS FINE-TUNED THE SHOW WE GONNA PLAY 4 3 YEARS NOW AND WE R FINALLY FILMING IT 4 EVERYONE 2 C. WHEN THE CAMERAS ROLL, SO DOES THIS ORCHESTRA. WE R BRINGING AN 11-PIECE HORN SECTION 2 PLAY ON A FEW NUMBERS. THEY WILL NOT DISAPPOINT!

Tell us about your relationship with Marva Collins of Westside Preparatory School.
ONE OF THE 1ST CHARTER SCHOOLS WE VISITED IN THE EARLY 80’S AND HELP 2 CEMENT R CONTINUED COMMITMENT 2 EDUCATION AND ECONOMIC INDEPENDENCE.

These concerts are raising funds and awareness for Van Jones’s Rebuild the Dream campaign, dedicated to community-based economic solutions.
A NECESSARY ENDEAVOR. AS ONE OF JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES WE R ASKED AFTER EVERY CONVENTION 2 CLEAN UP ANY MESS THAT WE MADE 4 THE NEXT OCCUPANTS OF THE BUILDING. WE FEEL THE SAME WAY ABOUT THIS COUNTRY. SHOULDN’T WE TRY 2 LEAVE IT IN BETTER SHAPE THAN WHEN WE FOUND IT? WE ALL GOT ALOT OF WORK 2 DO. PLEASE JOIN US.

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