'The Internet is over' and 4 other revelations from Prince's latest interview

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It's been five years since Prince made his famous "The Internet is over" statement, and he has touched on it again in a fascinating, wide-ranging interview with European journalists.

The Purple One "summoned" a handful of music writers to his Paisley Park studios in Chanhassen over the weekend in order to announce a European tour starting later this month that will comprise of Prince, a piano and a microphone.

This revealing, typically off-the-wall encounter has been described in detail by music writer Alexis Petridis of the UK-based Guardian newspaper.

Here are some of the highlights:

Why his 'the internet is over' comment was 'right'

The media took the ball and ran with it when Prince declared in 2010 that "the Internet is over." It was part of his takedown of the music industry and the proliferation of iTunes and other online streaming services who he feels fail to recompense artists properly.

In his latest interview, he said he wasn't referring to the Internet being dead as a medium, but rather: "What I meant was that the Internet was over for anyone who wants to get paid, and I was right about that.

"Tell me a musician who’s got rich off digital sales," he said. "Apple’s doing pretty good though, right?"

Prince this year signed on to Jay Z's subscription music streaming service "Tidal," which pays higher royalties to performers and songwriters, pulling his music from all other streaming services this past July, GigWise reports.

He has no idea what he'll play on piano tour

Having said going on tour without his backing band was his way of challenging himself, he says he intends to take an improvisational approach to his performance.

"I won’t know what songs I’m going to do when I go on stage, I really won’t. I won’t have to, because I won’t have a band, tempo, keys, all those things can dictate what song I’m going to play next, you know, as opposed to, ‘Oh, I’ve got to do my hit single now, I’ve got to play this album all the way through,’ or whatever. There’s so much material, it’s hard to choose. It’s hard. So that’s what I’d like to do."

He has bizarre but hilarious interviews

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Petridis said Prince was stationed behind a keyboard during the interview, which he kept playing throughout, and if he was asked a question he didn't like, he started playing the theme from "The Twilight Zone" and shook his head.

He also invited Petridis up to duet on "Sign o' the Times" at one point, which the journalist declined.

This isn't anything new. In 2010, Daily Mirror reporter Peter Willis played the drums in an impromptu jam sesh during an interview with Prince, who then slammed his hand down on the piano and said: "Have you ever seen The Apprentice on TV? Cos You're fired!"

He's not much of a fan of modern music

He thinks there's "no danger in it" anymore, according to Petridis, saying: "when was the last time you were scared by anyone," and he blames this downturn in musical quality at the feet of record companies, and the "accountants and lawyers" who "stepped in while producers were in the studio."

This in turn has led to homogenization, as "dozens of rock bands come out every week and you can't even name them." He also decried the lack of "jazz-fusion" bands.

His record label 'doesn't know' where he lives

Although he holds regular live performances at Paisley Park (including this past weekend) one of the questions asked of Trevor Guy, or Prince's record label NPG, was where Prince lived in Minneapolis.

His answer was evasive.

"He doesn't live here. I don't know where he lives," he said.

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