Plenty of people think Prince is one of the greatest guitar players alive today, but for his next tour, the artist formerly known as “the artist formerly known as Prince” will put down his axe in favor of just a piano. Also, 50 Cent claims a bullet in his tongue made him a better lover, Dr. Dre premiered some new music, Donald Trump got in on the fun and parodied “Hotline Bling”, Four Tet says he was in a Radiohead music video, and somebody bought Kurt Cobain’s cardigan for a bunch of money.
The guitar has long been Prince’s weapon of choice, but this morning, he announced the Prince Spotlight: Piano & A Microphone Tour, which will only feature Prince and a piano.
“Why do this now? For several reasons,” he said in a statement. “For starters it is a challenge. I rarely get bad reviews because this is something that’s been perfected 4 over thirty years. You have to try new things. With the piano it is more naked, more pure. You can see exactly what you get.”
English actress Julie Walters was also a guest on the program and felt his tongue to confirm that the bullet was there, and that was thankfully the end of that demonstration. [Pigeons and Planes]
“I got invited to go on tour with Radiohead [in 2003],” Hebden said. “They were absolutely huge and I’d been a fan since the Drill EP had come out. I’m in the video for ‘Creep’ in the audience. I followed them really closely from the very beginning. And I was being asked to open for them because they were fans of the record, and it made me think, live electronic music, I should get into that.”
If you want a new cardigan, you can probably find a decent one at a local thrift store for a few dollars. Alternately, as one person recently discovered, you can buy the cardigan that Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain is wearing in the photo above–during the taping of their iconic MTV Unplugged special–for $137,500.
The sweater was sold at an auction over the weekend that had a bunch of other rock and roll memorabilia: John Lennon’s Gibson guitar sold for $2.41 million, and a variety of other items were available. [Diffuser; Image via MTV]
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