Prince: ‘I don’t have time for old people’

'I want to work with young people,' says 54-year-old singer

Prince has claimed he only wants to work with young musicians by claiming: “I don’t have time for old people.”

The ‘Purple Rain’ singer, who turns 55 on June 7, told the Star Tribune that he had chosen to recruit young musicians for his new backing band, 3rdEyeGirl, as he wants to look towards the future. “I don’t have time for old people,” he said. “I want to work with young people. I have my legacy. It’s time for their legacy. They’re a Minneapolis band, too.”

The Star Tribune also claimed that Prince had said he’d recorded enough material with the band to release a new studio album. In recent months, the singer has been releasing a slew of music by posting material on his clandestine 3rdEyeGirl website, starting with the track ‘Rock And Roll Love Affair’ in December. He went on to release ‘Screwdriver’ and then followed-up with another new song, ‘Breakfast Can Wait’, in February of this year.

It was recently reported that Prince had used the proceeds from one of his shows to fund a high school jazz band’s trip to New York to enter a competition. He donated the proceeds from his April 21 gig at the Roseland in Portland, Oregon to the American Music Program Pacific Crest Jazz Orchestra to allow students to travel to the Essentially Ellington Competition & Festival earlier this month.

Speaking to NME, acclaimed jazz trumpeter and Artistic Director of the programme Thara Memory said: “The promoter [of Prince’s Portland gigs] is a longtime friend of mine and he told Prince about the programme. Prince was looking for something to give some money to anyway, and that’s how it came about.

“They get to meet a lot of great musicians because when people hear them they say that they want to come and hang out with them. So they’re not really starstruck about Prince. He is just one of the artists that they know about. I think they’d be more starstruck if he walked into a rehearsal and gave them some pointers. I think that would be the next level.”

Last month, meanwhile, it was rumoured that Prince on the look out for small venues to play when he comes to the UK, with reports suggesting that he had apparently asked his promoters to look for smaller spaces for is gigs. The last time The Purple One performed in the UK, he played to over 500,000 fans over 21 shows at London’s O2.