It was time to put together a band to perform his music on the road. This keyboard player looked at his watch and that was pretty much it for him. RICKY PETERSON (keyboardist): I’d go over and jam with them for weeks and weeks. “ A light went off in my head that said, “This sounds like horrible boot camp.” I didn’t know what his career was going to be because he didn’t have one. BOBBY Z: Keyboard players are the hardest to find because of the technology and what Prince’s music was. The first words out of Prince’s mouth were: “Let’s do `So Blue.’ “ Matt goes, “I didn’t learn that one.” Prince bursts out laughing: “There’s no keyboards on there.” Their relationship was funny like that. We did fine.” MATT FINK: He was still learning, still developing what he was going to do stage-wise.Many musicians tried out, including Jimmy Jam, who was rejected. There was one guitar player that they liked, but I think he made some reference in the limo about doing drugs. They wanted me in the band, but they’d say, “This is what you can’t do: You can’t drink; you have to show up on time . Fink and Bobby Z became part of an all-Minnesota band. DEZ DICKERSON (guitarist): We were still individuals and not a band yet. It went OK, but I don’t think it went well enough for Warners to say, “You guys are ready to go out on the road.” So they had him do another album, and in the meantime we rehearsed like crazy for many months.I didn’t want any press clippings or 8 million pictures. because its executives agreed to give Prince artistic freedom and let him produce his debut. He went out and played guitar, then overdubbed drums.
Prince’s single “Soft and Wet,” co-written with Chris Moon, became a Top 10 R&B hit. Not a lot of talking — the talking is through the music.
August 25, 1991 April 28, 1993 Jeff Wheeler, Minneapolis Star Tribune Gallery: FILE - In this Feb.
4, 2007 file photo, Prince performs during the halftime show at the Super Bowl XLI football game at Dolphin Stadium in Miami.
He looked up and said, “Don’t make me black.” I thought, “Whoa!
” He said, “My idols are all over the place.” He named an array that was so deep in terms of scope of music that for an 18-year-old kid to say what he said was amazing.