Prince became a superstar in the 1980s. The “Purple Rain” singer was a transcendent talent that fused pop with rock ‘n’ roll. While the singer has been known for keeping to himself, he has publicly criticized some artists, including Keith Richards and Adam Levine. Prince once criticized the Beatles for a song they released 15 years after John Lennon’s death.
Prince said the Beatles’ ‘Free as a Bird’ was ‘demonic’
In 1995, the remaining Beatles (Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr) were released anthology, a collection of behind-the-scenes stories and unreleased demos in documentary format and compilation albums. part of anthology featured a new song by The Beatles called “Free as a Bird”. The song contained unfinished audio by Lennon, who was never able to finish this track.
McCartney, Harrison and Starr came together to finish the song and clean up Lennon’s tone so it sounded like the Beatles performing together again. In an interview with Guitar World, Prince found the whole thing creepy and called it “demonic”.
“It’s the most demonic thing imaginable,” he said. “Everything is as it is and it is meant to be. If I was to jam with Duke Ellington, we would have lived the same age. This whole virtual reality thing… it’s really demonic. And I’m not a demon.”
Paul McCartney said “strange” things happened during the recording of the song
Prince may have been on to something when Paul McCartney said “strange things happened” while the Beatles were in the studio. According to onhike.com, McCartney said they added a parody ending to the song, and when he listened to the ending it sounded like Lennon was calling out to them from the other side.
“We put one of those fake reverse tapes at the end of the single for fun, to give all those Beatles maniacs something to do,” McCartney explained. “I think it was a line from a George Formby song. Then one night we listened to the finished single in the studio and it ends and it’s like ‘zzzwrk nggggwaaahhh jooohn lennnnnon qwwwrk.’ I swear to god. We said, ‘It’s John. He likes it!'”
Another strange occurrence happened when the Beatles stepped outside to take a picture. A rare white peacock entered the picture from the side, and McCartney said he thinks it was John who announced his presence.
Prince was a tacit fan of the band
It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t like The Beatles. Despite being critical of “Free as a Bird,” Bobby Z, drummer for The Revolution, testified to hearing one song Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band made Prince think differently about the Beatles.
“He said, ‘What is that?'” Z. shared. “We said, ‘This is Sergeant Pepper.’ He said, ‘The Beatles. uhhh? Really?’ You know, it was just like that. He went inside [and we were like] “No, no, no, no, not this song. Start over.” And of course he didn’t have the patience, but I know he went back and listened to that song and realized it was a lot better. Not better, but ‘Good Morning Good Morning’ is just another track on a great album.”
Z believed the album had an impact on Prince and influenced his 1985 album. Around the world in one day.
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