Before Prince headlines the 20th anniversary Essence Festival, taking place in New Orleans on Fourth of July weekend, the crooner is spilling insights on what he likes most about performing in the June issue of Essence magazine.
“…When I’m onstage, I’m out of body,” he tells the publication. “That’s what the rehearsals, the practicing, the playing is for. You work to a place where you’re all out of body. And that’s when something happens.”
He continues, “You reach a plane of creativity and inspiration. A plane where every song that has ever existed and every song that will exist in the future is right there in front of you. And you just go with it for as long as it takes.”
So does he ever get exhausted while performing? Prince adds, “You can tell me I was onstage for four hours, but it doesn’t feel like that to me…sometimes it isn’t until we’re in the car after a jam where I feel my leg tighten up. And then I’m not out of body anymore…”
Fans will get to see the singer making his second appearance at the Essence Festival — the first was at the 10th anniversary festival in 2004. Visit Essencefestival.com for additional details.
The June issue hits newsstands on May 9.
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