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Good night.” When his name was announced at the Academy Awards, he grabbed Melvoin and Coleman, bringing them to the podium and handing off his trophy for Melvoin to hold.“Of course, with Prince every TV appearance had to have something amazing or weird or shocking to stick out, so that’s what we would start focusing on at sound checks,” says Coleman.“We’d work out how to play ‘Baby I’m a Star’ or whatever on the next awards show.Ultimately, Prince and the Revolution would perform just shy of a hundred shows in five months, from late 1984 into the spring of 1985, selling 1.7 million tickets.Initially, the mood surrounding the tour was triumphant.He put his energy into that—and I think he was having a great time.
slid off his chair, joking around, and said, ‘You think so?“He had found the thing that was going to throw him into the stratosphere of stardom, but also that he couldn’t stop.He became more moody, more superstitious, more compelled to keep his image solid and not break the mold, and that became confining. He had to live and breathe this character, and it was like, ‘Who the fuck is that guy?He was pretty confident about everything—almost too cocky, in a lot of ways, and he kind of burst the bubble a little bit.Like, ‘I can do anything,’ ‘Muthafuckas will buy anything.’“He had these personalities, and he could just get mean.
At the Brit Awards, hulking bodyguard Big Chick joined him onstage.