The seven-time Grammy winner is overseas promoting his forthcoming collaborative album, Plectrum Electrum, with female band 3RDEYEGIRL. He and the group traveled to London on an "open-ended" trip where they will hit larger stages in the coming days. "We'll work our way up — if people like us — to bigger venues," he told the AP.
At the home of Havas, Prince reportedly performed two acoustic tracks including his new single, "PretzelBodyLogic." Later in the night, he and the band headed over to London's Electric Ballroom where they played in front of a larger audience. Prince promised he would return "a lot earlier and a lot funkier" the next night.
Prince and 3RDEYEGIRL are rumored to be hitting the Glastonbury Festival this June, and may record a live album from their London shows.
Although he wouldn't confirm or deny of the Glastonbury report, he was more forthcoming about the actual music itself. Funk — or what the Purple One called "funk-n-roll" — describes the new music he and the trio made at his recording studio near Minneapolis. "We've been together for over a year and it's perfect," explained the 55-year-old singer. "The more we play, the more fun it is, and addictive it is."
He went on to describe the unconventional recording process, stating, "A lot of the time we didn't even know we were recording for an album. We were just jamming and vibing off one another."
Another topic Prince discussed was the $22 million lawsuit he filed against various Facebook and Blogspot users for posting videos from his shows.
The suit was later dropped and never meant to target fans, Prince maintained. "Nobody sues fans. It's just a poor way to phrase it," he said. "A bootlegger is a bootlegger, a scalper is a scalper. They know what time it is."
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