Thursday, June 9, 2016

Purple Guitar to be auctioned off


Photo by Jeff Wheeler of the Star Tribune
Photo by Billy Briggs for City Pages

Robert used a purple guitar tonight, in honor of Prince, and that guitar will be auctioned off later this year. Will post details as soon as we know them. (Thanks @Habs36)

Update (June 9th, 2016): Reeves & Jason also paid tribute to Prince. From Reeves on Facebook: "I had a purple cable and Jason a purple tambourine mounted on his drum kit."

39 comments:

  1. On Robert's purple guitar is written:

    WEWEREALLINLINE

    (oneliner from Starfish and Coffee).

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    1. So the whole quote is "it was 7:45 We were all in line"? I don't recognize that line from either of the new songs we've heard, so... perhaps there will be a few more (maybe when they start the European leg of the tour)

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    2. The 7:45 quote is from Princes song Starfish and Coffee.

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    3. Oh... Is this a new Schecter thing to put a line from an artist's song on the guitar?

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  2. "Oh fuck it's broken". Gold! Haha!

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  3. Prince, the great objectifier of women, author of such glorious lyrics as "Act your age not your shoe size" and NC2U (poor Sinead, having to vomit it)...Sorry, obviously not a fan.

    Robert's manner at the end of the song makes me suspect that he was badgered into doing the purple guitar thing. (But then WTF do I know?) At least a charity will benefit.

    As an aside, for all who are fortunate enough to see a show this time, I envy you the glorious setlists, new songs, and stellar performances. If he gives you 'Underneath the Stars' consider yourselves especially blessed.

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    1. Heehee. Yeah I did get the impression RS is not much of a Prince fan either :)

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    2. Robert's teenage hero was Jimmy Hendix. Prince was the Hendrix of the 80's...

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    3. Hendrix was a rare and beautiful artist. No bells, no whistles, no bullshit -- just pure, otherworldly talent. IMO Prince pales in his light.

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    4. Could not have said that better. Jimi was an innovator not an imitator. Prince was ok for what he did but seriously not worth going very deep into his catalogue where as with Hendrix owning damn near everything with his name on it is worth your money.

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    5. Could not have said that better. Jimi was an innovator not an imitator. Prince was ok for what he did but seriously not worth going very deep into his catalogue where as with Hendrix owning damn near everything with his name on it is worth your money.

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    6. I'm not a fan of Prince at all, but I do know the guy was a stellar musician- I'm talking guitar skills that easily rival Hendrix. He was also very creative, prolific and highly innovative, so... if the implications are that Prince was some sort of fraud, I think you might want to dig a little deeper. And again, I'm saying this and I don't like anything the man has done. But it would be foolish of me to deny his skills.

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    7. There is no denying his skills and no suggestion that he was a fraud. IMO is just that -- a subjective offering which can certainly be debated. (I'm right, though... ;-))

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    8. In 1987, when kiss me came out, Robert was asked about double albums and although he said he wasn't normally a fan of doubles, he really liked sign 'o' the times. He isn't cajoled into anything, so why would it not be a genuine tribute

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  4. Well he used to like en vogue so who knows.

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    1. LOL. Yes I think I saw that on the old Cure site way back in the late '90's. It was the old Bloodflowers site, there was a page that lists RS's favorite musicians, movies, books etc. I'd kill to revisit that old website. It apparently is not on wayback machine...was there before so not sure what happened. Does anyone remember where to access the archived cure.com site?

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    2. https://web.archive.org/web/20040615111527/http://www.thecure.com/robertpages/robert.html

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    3. He does mention en vogue!haha that is very interesting.In the list of "a few" he likes, he lists over 100 artists. But not Prince. Thanks to Abhi for the link.

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  5. I have seen an interview with Robert, and he does mention some nice words on Prince's talents. I wish I could find the clip on YouTube. Below I an article that shows how diverse Robert is musically... And we all know this already.

    From EW
    his favorite '80s songs. Do you agree?
    by Whitney Pastorek | May 29 2009 — 8:06 PM EDT
    Cure frontman (and ponytail-sporting Coachella curfew-buster) Robert Smith hosted a two-hour countdown of his favorite songs from the ’80s on SIRIUS XM’s 1st Wave channel at noon today. It’ll be re-broadcast through the weekend, but we snagged the full list for you, Mixers, so you can match up your tastes with the legendary mopester. My favorite of his Top 30 is embedded here (okay, it’s my second favorite; YouTube wouldn’t let me embed the Bowie). After the jump, see the full list… and then totally bitch him out for forgetting something

    ABC, “The Look of Love”
    The Associates, “Tell Me Easter’s On Friday”
    Bananarama and Fun Boy Three, “It Ain’t What You Do It’s the Way That You Do It”
    David Bowie, “Let’s Dance”
    Kate Bush, “Cloudbusting”
    Cocteau Twins, “Persephone”
    Cristina, “Things Fall Apart”
    Daf, “Sex Unter Wasser”
    Depeche Mode, “Personal Jesus”
    Dinosaur Jr, “Freak Scene”
    Echo and the Bunnymen, “The Killing Moon”
    Peter Gabriel, “Red Rain”
    The Human League, “Human”
    The Jesus and Mary Chain, “Some Candy Talking”
    Joy Division, “The Eternal”
    Chaka Khan, “I Feel For You” [Really? - ED.]
    Madness, “Return of the Los Palmas Seven”
    Mel and Kim, “Respectable”
    My Bloody Valentine, “Lose My Breath”
    New Order, “Everything’s Gone Green”
    Yoko Ono, “Walking on Thin Ice”
    The Pixies, “Gigantic”
    The Pretenders, “Don’t Get Me Wrong”
    Prince, “Starfish and Coffee”
    Psychedelic Furs, “Heaven”
    Siouxie and the Banshees, “Dear Prudence”
    Soft Cell, “Tainted Love”
    The Sugarcubes, “Birthday”
    Suzanne Vega, “Small Blue Thing”
    Tom Waits, “In the Neighborhood”

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  6. Credit to Autumn Cure for this quote

    "It was 7:45 we were all in line"

    "Prince - Starfish & Coffee (Psychedelic rhymes, backwards drums, harp drills, hand tambourines, surf harmonies. This is so 1986...80s, it hurts. From one of the really great albums of the decade, this is a song that reminds me of a particularly lovely time in my life. Prince, with Starfish & Coffee.)" robert 2009

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  7. Yeah I remember that sirius broadcast. Good list :)

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  8. pretty sure robert chose 'sign of the times' as one of his favourite albums of 87 in the christmas edition of nme or melody maker.

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    1. Yes he does mention something like that in the 1989 christmas edition of melody maker

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  9. I think he maybe he was asked to announce it & maybe found the moment uncomfortable and a bit Bono, so tried to make light. I read he prefers to be charitable quietly.

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  10. Does anyone understand what Robert says at the end of the clip? I too got the impression he was not very thrilled about purple guitars and all.

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  11. Gone today but will not be forgotten. Then **ck I think I just broke it "when guitar fell"

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  12. nooooo,,, he says ''we'll start the bid at one dollar ;;, then ... ;;fucks its broken!! see you again ''

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    1. Thanks! I never understand what he says...

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  13. Interesting to see RS unceremoniously let the guitar fall down at the end...at least that is what it looks like. Maybe he doesn't care much for Prince. Since it will be auctioned off one would assume "white glove" type treatment?

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    1. Robert Smith is a rock star. That increases the value.

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  15. I have a feeling that Schecter put him up to this since they've made guitars for prince in the past.

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