Add Maroon 5’s Adam Levine to the list of musicians still coming to grips with Prince’ passing.
Levine told People at a recent charity Voice event benefitting the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles that he’s “shocked” and “still kind of processing” Prince’s untimely demise at his home in Minnesota earlier this week.
“[I’ll remember] just the great times that we had and just constantly being inspired by how he did things his way [and] never let anybody deter what he wanted to accomplish creatively and musically. As a musician, I can’t tell you how much that’s rubbed off on me.”
Adam further elaborated about Prince’s impact on his career and the music world at large to Entertainment Tonight.
“He was just fearless and did things his way,” the Maroon 5 frontman said. “I always wanted to do things my way, and [Prince was one of the] people who inspire me to do that. I can’t really accept it right now. I’m going to miss that guy. Not only him, but [also] what he did for all of us.”
As reported by CNN, Prince was found unresponsive in an elevator at Paisley Park, his home and recording studio in Minnesota early Wednesday morning. An autopsy was conducted Friday but the results have yet to be determined or released. The police have ruled out both foul play or suicide.
The latter should come as no surprise as the iconic “Purple Rain” singer was enjoying a career resurgence. In September of 2015, Prince released Hit n Run Phase One, his first-ever digitally streamed album on Jay-Z’s brand new Tidal service. He then surprised the masses in December with an immediate sequel, Hit n Run Phase Two.
According to Rolling Stone, the surprise album featured unreleased tracks alongside songs like “Baltimore,” “Stare,” “RockNRoll Love Affair,” and “Screwdriver” that had all been unveiled but had not been officially released. It also featured “songs that have been performed live but never released commercially.”
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As it turns out, that release is now Prince’s final official record though there are many outlets reporting that a secret vault of unreleased tracks will most likely follow posthumously. Regardless, Prince’s death has left fans both in and out of the industry, like Adam Levine, reeling from the loss. As reported by Billboard, video of Adam’s cover of “Purple Rain” at Howard Stern’s birthday bash in 2014 has recently surfaced, and shows just how much of a fan Levine obviously was.
The show must go on however and prior to reports of Prince’s death, Levine was busy dishing on a brand new track of his, “Go Now,” that will appear in the upcoming film Sing Street. Based loosely on the life of writer/director John Carney, Levine gushed about his contribution to The Hollywood Reporter.
“I don’t think that at this point in time, anybody is able to cohesively tie music to movies as brilliantly as he does it,” explains Levine. “You don’t just break out into song for no reason. There’s always some actual reality-based reason why music plays a vital role in the storytelling. That’s what I love about it — it doesn’t feel like there’s that uncomfortable embarrassment from people going into song when they’re not supposed to be.”
Levine is also preparing to be a dad for the first time, something he is even more ecstatic about than his career. He told Entertainment Tonight that he’s “ready to be a Dad” and that it’s his true purpose in life to procreate.
“You’re born to be a parent, that’s what we’re here for, really. All the other s*** is great, but it’s not what we’re here for.”
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