In a conversation with Q104.3 radio, Steel Panther drummer Stix Zadinia talked about the experience they had with the late pop music icon Prince and revealed the crazy story of how he broke the band’s guitars and offer them money instead.
In 2016, the legendary musician, Prince sadly passed away at the age of 57. Prince was found dead in an elevator at his Paisley Park Studios, Minnesota. The cause of his death revealed as an accidental overdose of the painkiller fentanyl, a powerful opioid.
Recently, Steel Panther drummer Stix Zadinia joined an interview for the Q104.3 radio station and talked about his unforgettable experience with the legendary pop musician Prince.
Apparently, while Steel Panther was working on their disco covers years ago, Prince came to town to perform at the Shark Tank in San Francisco. Stix mentioned the habit Prince had back then which was playing after hours at a nearby club.
One night, Prince showed up at the same club Steel Panther was in and wanted to use their gear for an after hour performance. However, during the show, Prince broke two of their guitars and his manager gave Steel Panther members $100 each by simply saying ‘Here you go. Go get it fixed, guys.’
Here’s how Stix Zadinia explained the story he called ‘some serious assholery‘:
“We were doing disco covers many years ago up in San Francisco, and Prince played at the Shark Tank, which is the San Jose hockey arena.
After his shows, he would find a club in a nearby city and he would go in – and his deal was, ‘Hey, I’m Prince. I’m gonna come play your club after hours; I’m gonna charge at the door and keep the door. You keep the bar.’ And the club goes, ‘OK. Cool.’
So word gets out. We were the house band, just a no-name house band at the time. And Prince borrows our gear because he doesn’t wanna bring gear – and I understand it.
But, he goes on an hour late, we get kicked out of our own dressing room – Prince goes in there and you’re not allowed to look at Prince. He plays the guitar, and then at the end, he holds the guitar up over his head and he drops it behind him onto the ground. And my guitar player is like, ‘What the fuck?!‘
Then he switches and he plays bass, and after the song, he takes the bass and he sets it diagonally on the floor and he takes his little tiny Prince foot and he breaks the neck by stomping it.
At the end of the show, we came up to his manager and his entourage and we go, ‘Dude, what is the deal?‘ – and the manager flips our guitar player, he goes, ‘Here’s a hundred bucks,’ and he gives our bass player another hundred bucks, ‘Here you go. Go get it fixed, guys.’ And they left, and we were just standing there… It was some serious assholery going on.”
Click here to read the entire conversation with Stix Zadinia.