‘Everyone was bored’ Gary Barlow gets candid about eye-opening moment with Prince

Nicole Scherzinger sings with Gary Barlow on Instagram

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Take That frontman Gary Barlow, 50, has opened up about the moment he geeked out with Prince when Nicole Scherzinger brought him as a plus one to a party. Gary described the enlightening moment on food critic Jay Rayer’s podcast, Out To Lunch.

Gary began by saying that he “meets lots of popstars”, but isn’t often impressed because “they are just people”.

However, his meeting with the late Prince left him truly starstruck.

Gary explained: “I was in Los Angeles, I was singing at the end of this party and I thought I’d ask a couple of mates to come along.  

“I was working with Nicole Scherzinger at the time, doing X Factor… and I said, ‘Will you just come and be a friendly face for me at this party?’

“I was thinking a neighbour or a girlfriend. 

“She brought Prince with her.”  

Gary detailed the exact moment he bumped into the Purple Rain singer, and how they bonded over their shared love for technology.

He continued: “The audience leave, we go to this after show thing, out comes Prince.

“There’s about 10 of us in this space and it just so happens that as I go up to reposition myself, I’m face to face with Prince.  

“I think, ‘What do I say here?’… So, I just went ‘Wow, lovely to meet you. In this modern world of laptops and all the rest of it, how is it for you? As someone who’s used to working mixing desks.’

“I’d read an interview of his, I knew all his gear, I knew everything they used in those studios.

“He started saying, ‘That’s a really interesting question because for me, when I’m in my studio, I put a guitar up…’ I said, ‘Don’t tell me, Eventide 2016!’

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“I thought I was bad, he’s on a whole other level. German microphones, stuff that when the wall opened, he was on the phone to companies… it was a whole level we never knew. And it was on for a whole 40 minutes.
 
“Everyone was bored around us, dying to talk to Prince, and I had him.”

Prince died in 2016 at the age of 57 at his home and studio, Paisley Park.

Autopsy results revealed he died from an accidental overdose.

His former tour manager, Alan Leeds, said the idea of him using drugs ‘isn’t strange’ due to his desire to keep performing.

He said: “There wasn’t a tour we did where he wasn’t sometimes performing in pain.

“He was that kind of old school, the-show-must-go-on guy, so the idea of him medicating himself in order to perform isn’t strange to me.” 

During his decades-long music career, Prince sold over 100 million records worldwide.

He won seven Grammy Awards, an American Music Award, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award for the film Purple Rain.

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