Our generation produced only one artist, pop songwriter, and entertainer who could be placed on par with James Brown. His skill as a musician was second to none. When I saw his final United Center concert in Chicago, I knew I was seeing one of the best rock and soul performances I’ll ever witness. “I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man” has been a staple of my solo sets for years. My band just added it to a set originally designed in tribute to David Bowie for this weekend in Detroit. What a crusher. RIP Prince Rogers Nelson. We thought we’d have you around much longer.
– Jeff Elbel
IE’s full tribute to Prince appears in our May, 2016 print issue – available Friday, April 29.