Howard Remembers Prince

The music icon passed away at 57

May 5, 2016

There is a superstition that when the Stern Show goes on vacation, someone dies and this past week was no exception. Not only did we lose our friend Chyna, but also the legendary Prince.

“Prince was the most talented artist,” Howard began. If you take away the incredible songwriting and his amazing guitar skills, “the fucking guy could [still] dance like James Brown,” the King of All Media continued.

Howard played a clip of Adam Levine covering Prince’s “Purple Rain” at the 2014 Birthday Bash, which went viral last week.

“I’ve tried most of my career to get Prince in the studio,” Howard explained. Gary Dell’Abate recalled that the most recent time they tried was actually for the Birthday Bash, but Prince’s management responded that he was a Jehovah’s Witness and thus didn’t “believe in birthdays.”

After playing some clips from Prince’s iconic catalog, Howard settled on one song in particular. “The one that really blew my fucking mind was ‘Purple Rain,'” he said. The same could be said for Medicated Pete, who performed a tribute with the song on Periscope upon learning of Prince’s death.

Howard also played a bit of the “Batman” album, which he loved, as well as Prince’s solo at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 2004 tribute performance to George Harrison from years ago.

Angry Alice also gave a statement, telling listeners that Prince “was a beautiful soul, just like Michael.”