It’s no secret that Prince is a creature of impulse, a force of nature who simply does what he feels like, whenever he feels like doing it. And with that kind of personality, it’s a good bet that he might occasionally be a bit of a flake.
Two stories have made the rounds this week illustrating Prince’s peculiarities. The first took place at the W Hollywood Hotel’s jazz night on Sunday. According to various reports, the Purple One was digging the house band’s set from a spot on the balcony when he decided to come down, grab a guitar, and wail out a solo on a rendition of the Beatles’ “With a Little Help From My Friends,” casually waving his hands in time with the vibrato and bends. After a couple minutes, he hands the guitar back to a band member and struts offstage, presumably to head back upstairs or maybe jump in his spaceship and return to his home planet. Either way, it’s a pretty random, once-in-a-lifetime experience for those musicians and attendees.
Another Princely tale comes courtesy of Dave Grohl, who appeared on Howard Stern’s show today with the rest of the Foo Fighters. As Consequence of Sound reports, Prince, who cover the Foos’ “Best of You” at the Super Bowl, once invited Grohl to jam at the Forum in Los Angeles before a gig.
“I didn’t know whether I was going to play drums or guitar, my song or his song. I walked into the empty area during soundcheck and Prince just appears,” said Grohl, who ended up playing drums. “He picks up a bass and starts shredding … and we started playing ‘Whole Lotta Love’ … Then we end it. He said, ‘Yeah, that’s great,’ and I’m like, ‘That was amazing!’ He’s like, ‘We should do that,’ and I’m like, ‘We should totally do that!’ He said, ‘What are you doing next week?’ And then I never saw him again.”
Grohl was under the impression that they were going to perform the song at one of the shows and when Stern asked if he thought Prince just forgot or decided to blow him off, Grohl responded, “Probably blowing me off.” When Stern thought Prince’s behavior was rude, Grohl simply said, “It’s Prince.” And then Grohl talked about how he watched the YouTube clip of Prince’s aformentioned Beatles solo, making this bizarre circle complete. Enjoy Prince’s solo and audio of the Foo Fighters interview below.