In 2008, Prince headlined Coachella and surprised everyone by covering Radiohead's "Creep." I wasn't there, but according to everyone everywhere who knows anything about music, it was one of those amazing, you-really-should've-been-there moments.
Anyone who was there and had the sense to record the performance quickly shared their videos on YouTube. But Prince said "no" because a) he's Prince, b) he's a fickle creative genius and c) he thinks the Internet is a flash in the pan.
He told The Daily Mirror in 2010, "The Internet's completely over. I don't see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else. They won't pay me an advance for it and then they get angry when they can't get it. The Internet's like MTV. At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated. Anyway, all these computers and digital gadgets are no good."
If I didn't already love The Purple One, I do now.
Now that it's 2015, he may have changed his mind about the Internet. Or maybe Thom Yorke, lead singer of Radiohead and a fellow YouTube hater, finally got Prince to change his mind.
"Well, tell him to unblock it. It's our ... song," said Thom Yorke when he learned of Prince's decision to pull all live footage of his 2008 Coachella performance from the Internet.
Either way, the YouTube video of the performance that was posted in October has gotten the ultimate royal blessing in the form of a tweet.
Personally, I love his pose in this picture. It's almost like he's saying, "Fine, Interwebs, I give up! The masses shall have 'Creep.'"
But like most creative geniuses and women, he has the right to change his mind. If you want to see it, get it while it's posted!
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