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Thread started 12/17/18 3:25pm

Wolfie87

Did you guys had a "convert" moment on a non traditional Prince crowd?

Concert or a musical moment?

I'm talking about a crowd that includes different types who you don't see as the typical Prince fans. I'm talikng about G's from South Central, a country crowd isolated in the South. Americana/Bluegrass enthusiasts, Death Metal fans. Bro rock fans who mostly are big fans of Metallica. Have you showed them a moment in Prince's career, on record, on video or live in concert where the unaware people were like "OMG! He is so good, I can't deny that anymore!". And did they carry on listening to Prince's music?

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Reply #1 posted 12/17/18 3:40pm

EmmaMcG

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Not exactly but I consider my own introduction to Prince to be a "convert moment".

I've gone into detail on this a few times before but I'll just provide a summary here. My ex is a big Prince fan and he had tried to expose me to Prince a few times. I really liked the 3121 album but the likes of Rainbow Children had put me off exploring more. A few years later, after we had broke up but remained friends, he took me to a couple of Prince shows in Denmark as a belated 21st birthday present. But before that, we went to see him in Malahide Park, here in Dublin. Those 3 shows were all within a week of each other and each one was great. Simply brilliant. The 2 Danish shows also featured other acts but Prince was the undisputed main attraction. Those 3 shows converted me into a Prince fan.
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Reply #2 posted 12/17/18 4:19pm

kingricefan

I simply refer them to the time that Prince was on guitar and playing While My Guitar Gently Weeps at the R&RHOF. That usually does it for them.

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Reply #3 posted 12/17/18 4:44pm

E319

I’m a high school math teacher in Miami. The students at my school mainly listen to hip-hop or reggaeton. A few years ago, I was talking with one of my classes about music. They knew I mainly listen to rock music and they were all pretty ignorant about rock music and about music in general. They were saying that all rock music is a bunch of screaming and head banging and they challenged me to show them something that would prove otherwise and change their minds...

I played them Prince’s performance of “Fury” on SNL in HD on my smart board (large interactive display) and at the end of the video, they all clapped! 😎
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Reply #4 posted 12/17/18 5:01pm

rdhull

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Afriend metalhead came with us to the JOTY concert and was blown away and still says its the best and he is the best in concert. And that was such a shit show imho.

c'mon baby, where's ya guts?
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Reply #5 posted 12/18/18 7:14am

roxy831

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My friend is an avid jazz fan and civil rights advocate. I shared Xpectation and Baltimore with him, and he was hooked! The most proudful moment was when he started playing the songs I suggested to him on his radio station. So, yeah, conversion is possible wink

Welcome home class. We've come a long way. - RIP Prince
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Reply #6 posted 12/18/18 7:46am

Guitarhero

It was never my job to convert anyone. wink

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Reply #7 posted 12/18/18 2:19pm

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E319 said:

I’m a high school math teacher in Miami. The students at my school mainly listen to hip-hop or reggaeton. A few years ago, I was talking with one of my classes about music. They knew I mainly listen to rock music and they were all pretty ignorant about rock music and about music in general. They were saying that all rock music is a bunch of screaming and head banging and they challenged me to show them something that would prove otherwise and change their minds... I played them Prince’s performance of “Fury” on SNL in HD on my smart board (large interactive display) and at the end of the video, they all clapped! 😎



Excellent choice!

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Reply #8 posted 12/18/18 2:21pm

luvsexy4all

any and everyone i have exposed him to .....subsequently r hooked

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Reply #9 posted 12/19/18 3:45pm

eyewishuheaven

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In high school in the 80's, I recall a bunch of us watching UTCM at a friend's house with her mom (who pretty much dismissed all pop music) present. It was the opening scene, An Honest Man. The mom said, "But that's not really Prince playing that piano, of course. It's a classical pianist"

Us: "No, that's Prince!"

Mom: "Whoah." lol

PRINCE: the only man who could wear high heels and makeup and STILL steal your woman!
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Reply #10 posted 12/20/18 2:58pm

herb4

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I've managed to catch the ear of a few non believers with stuff like "The Ride", "Motherless Child", the Undertaker version of "Bambi" and also "the Truth". My in-laws were stunned to hear "NEWS" and "Xpectation". A LOT of people really only know him for his quirky personality, feminine appearance and his hits. The Super Bowl and the aforementioned R&RHOF performance turned a lot of heads but I still think most folks are ignorant about the true DEPTH of the man's talent. His movies didn't help his image/legacy in a lot of folk's eyes either.

My funk friends all uniformly LOVE "Exodus" and I have burnt several copies of it over the years to give away.

I've never actively TRIED to "convert" someone (becuase nothing is more annoying than "you HAVE to listen to this" but I enjoy the occasional surprise from some people when a song catches them off guard.

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Reply #11 posted 12/21/18 12:39am

recordmanben

I was at band practice when a friend of a friend came by. I was playing some early cuts from his first two LPs. The guy said something about it being pretty good and I told him it was all 1 person, Prince. Drums, Bass, Guitar, Keys everything.
I bumped into him at school and he told me he ended up going home and purchasing a lot of Prince stuff and that he was hooked.

Felt good lol

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