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Twin Cities journalist gets on-the-fly interview from media-shy Prince


Minnesota music legend Prince -- who rarely talks to the media -- caught a Twin Cities journalist off-guard this week when his handlers called for a last-minute interview opportunity.

Amy Nelson of the Pioneer Press says she was the benefactor of the once-in-a-lifetime offer when the Purple One came calling Monday afternoon. The paper's music critic, Ross Raihala, couldn't make the spontaneous invite, so Nelson went in his place for a quick dash to Denver for Prince's final concert on his West Coast Tour.

Nelson admits she was first skeptical that the call was real, but was texted flight information on the way to Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport.

Accompanied by her videographer C.J. Sinner, Nelson said they arrived in time to check in and get itineraries, and then they were off to the Ogden Theater in Denver for Prince's 11:30 p.m. show -- the last before his Myth Live Event Center gigs on May 25.

The show -- which Nelson reviewed -- ended at 1 a.m., and Nelson finally got the chance to sit down with other journalists to talk with the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer for about an hour, start around 4 a.m.

Direct quotes from her conversation with Prince were scant, since the musician not allow video or audio recording, or even note-taking.

Nelson said Prince admitted he "was nervous" playing the first open rehearsal with 3rdEyeGirl in January at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis, yet went on to praise the members of the all-female band.

According to Nelson, Prince said he wants to share his knowledge, learn from them and see them succeed.

"They are the future," he said.

Nelson also noted how Prince had a royal look.

"He carried a bedazzled scepter that he tapped on the ground as he talked, befitting his royal name," Nelson wrote.

Noting how surreal the experience was, Nelson wrote, "My 12-hour tour with Prince was exhausting but exhilarating. And if his people call again, I'll say yes."

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