Kate Bush + Raphael Saadiq Talk Prince
The following is excerpted from a New Music Express interview (Nov 16):
Kate Bush has opened up about her relationship and work with the late, great Prince – hailing his genius but revealing that there’s no unheard material that they recorded together.
The icon collaborated and is featured on Bush’s acclaimed seventh album The Red Shoes. Bush broke her usual silence to pay a heartfelt tribute to her friend and fellow icon.
“I am so sad and shocked to hear the tragic news about Prince,” she wrote. “He was the most incredibly talented artist,” she wrote. “A man in complete control of his work from writer and musician to producer and director. He was such an inspiration. Playful and mind-blowingly gifted. He was the most inventive and extraordinary live act I’ve seen. The world has lost someone truly magical. Goodnight dear Prince.”
Now, in a rare interview with BBC 6 Music’s Matt Everitt, she has again spoken of his genius.
“He was adorable,” said Bush. “He was really playful and really sweet. What a talented man, what an artist. I think it’s a terrible loss that he should go at such a young age, its incredibly sad. He was so prolific, he used to make me laugh because whilst I was working on an album, he would have done 2 world tours, a couple of albums a film…”
From Variety.com (Feb 2018)
Raphael Saadiq on Declining Prince’s Record Deal:
Going way back, how did you end up playing with Sheila E. and Prince?
What happened was, I auditioned for a guy named Levi Seacer Jr., he was in Sheila’s first band and [most of] that band had quit. Then I got my friends Timothy Riley and Carl Wheeler, and all three of us went on tour. We played with Sheila, and then at Prince’s afterparties we’d hang out with him and play as Prince’s band, because at the time [the Revolution] were on the outs.
[A few months later], Levi, Sheila and the keyboardist Boni Boyer joined Prince’s “Sign O’ the Times” band and we went home and formed [Tony! Toni! Tone!]. Prince offered us a record deal but we decided not to go with Paisley Park. We were [in the Sheila/Prince camp] for like two years.
Did you see much of him after that?
Oh yeah. I did a festival with him and Chaka Khan in Copenhagen [in 2011]. I remember I was onstage playing “Stone Rollin’.” The crowd was already having a good time, partying, and I did a spin and the crowd went nuts. I’m thinkin’ “I’m really killin’ it right now!” — and then I look behind me and Prince is onstage, dancing behind me. I was killing it — but I wasn’t killing it that much! (laughter).