“We’re on the American Music Awards, with Dick Clark – he requested us to be the presenters of the Album of the 12 months,” Night time Ranger frontman Jack Blades explains to UCR. “We figured, ‘Okay, it’s going to be Purple Rain.’”
Blades wasn’t the one one who assumed Prince would take house the highest honors. Every week earlier than the occasion, the Purple One’s administration despatched a letter to Night time Ranger’s staff, informing them of act when giving Prince the award.
“We perceive that Jack Blades and [drummer] Kelly Keagy are going to be the presenters of the Album of the 12 months, and the likelihood that Prince’s Purple Rain will probably be that report could be very excessive,” Blades recollects the letter saying. “We need to inform you that on no account ought to Jack Blades or Kelly Keagy communicate to Prince or contact Prince or in any manner acknowledge him in any way.”
The directions prompted a powerful response from Blades.
“You inform any person like me one thing like that [and I immediately want to break all of those rules],” the rocker admits.
On the awards present, the Night time Ranger duo was seated immediately behind Prince and instantly determined to work together as typically as potential with him.
“Each time any person received one thing, I’d lean over and faucet him on the shoulder, ‘Prince, are you able to consider that, man?’” Blades recollects. “He’s turning round and us. We’re like, ‘That’s unbelievable, man!’ We’re patting him on the again and all the pieces. [Laughs] I’m positive, simply pissin’ the shit out of him!”
The Night time Ranger guys continued to disregard the foundations when presenting Album of the 12 months.
“We stand up onstage and we current the award. In fact, he received. Purple Rain, in fact, received,” Blades explains. “He walks up. We’re not imagined to say something. I hand him the factor and stated, ‘Technique to go, Prince, man! Good job! What do you suppose?’ We simply began speaking to him and it will need to have simply pissed the crap out of these guys. However yeah, it was fairly humorous.”
Watch Night time Ranger Current Prince Album of the 12 months on the 1985 American Music Awards
Whereas some artists could have been intimidated by Prince and his entourage, Blades insists he was by no means involved about receiving blowback for his or her actions.
“What are they going to say? ‘We’re going to arrest you for touching Prince!’” he laughs. “‘You’ll by no means tour with Prince once more.’ We by no means toured with him anyway. What distinction does it make?”
Many years later, the band crossed paths with Prince once more, this time on the Pollstar Awards the place Night time Ranger had been as soon as once more presenting. “I stated, ‘Prince, man. It’s loopy, 20 years in the past, we gave you the award on the American Music Awards for the Greatest Album,” Blades recollects.
“‘Right here we’re … 20 years later. Twenty years have passed by, and also you’re getting the award for the most effective tour.’ He circled to me and stated, ‘Yeah, man, typically it feels prefer it’s been 20 days, doesn’t it?’ I went, ‘ what? You’re proper.’ I believed that was lovely.”
Night time Ranger are set to launch a brand new album, ATBPO, on Aug. 6.