Prince’s ‘A–holery’ Recalled by Steel Panther Drummer
Stix Zadinia, drummer for the band Steel Panther, has revealed his not-so-positive run-in with Prince.
The rocker recalled the encounter during a recent interview with New York radio station Q104.3 (see below). "I was in a band a long, long time ago," Zadinia explained, noting the story dated back from well before his Steel Panther days. “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.”
The Purple One had a regular routine of playing local club shows after his headlining performances had ended. In this particular instance, Prince decided he’d perform at the same venue where Zadinia was part of the house band.
"So word gets out," the rocker continued. "And Prince borrows our gear. Because he doesn't wanna bring gear, and I understand it. So he goes on an hour late. We get kicked out of our own dressing room. Prince goes in there. You're not allowed to look at Prince.”
While the rules against eye contact were annoying, it’s what happened on stage that really angered Zadinia and his band.
“[Prince] 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?'” the drummer continued. “Then he switches and he plays bass. And after the song, he takes the bass and he sets it diagonally on the floor and the drum riser, so it's just at an angle. And he takes his little tiny Prince foot and he [breaks] the neck."
Naturally, the band was upset about the destruction of their gear. Following the show, they tried to address their concern with Prince’s entourage.
"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. He goes, 'Here you go. Go get it fixed, guys.' And they left. And we were just standing there.”
The experience left a bitter taste in Zadinia’s mouth. “It was some serious assholery going on."