"Purple Rain" really does sound like a country song. Think about it. It's in that vein of the middle American mainstream rock ballad. But it also has that country influence. But when you hear the ending of "Purple Rain" you realize it's still uniquely Prince. It has that Prince flavor in it. The version you hear is the one we did at First Avenue. It had another verse in it that got edited. He improvised a lot of the guitar solo. There was a lot of that that night. Prince came to us with the chords for the song during rehearsal. He had the song, but the arrangement wasn't quite finalized yet and I don't think the lyrics weren't finished. So when he brought it to us he just said, "Play what you feel." At one point during our jam session I started playing the line that Prince sing towards the end of the song. The "Whoo, whoo, whoo" part where everybody joins in. Prince latched on to it and started singing it, and that became part of the song.
How did the Purple Rain album change my life? To this day when I'm out doing these gigs with the Purple Xperience there are a lot of fans that come to the shows. And some people will even go, "Wow, you are really good. You are just like the real Doctor Fink." [Laughs] And I tell them, "That's because I am him!" We jump started a lot of artists' career. We had a no. 1 movie, album, and tour. I'm very proud to be connected to Purple Rain. We really did make history. Thirty years later, Purple Rain is still a very highly influential piece of work. It feels good to be a part of something so important.