ALICE COOPER On PRINCE: 'He Kept Trying To Steal ORIANTHI Out Of My Band'

ALICE COOPER On PRINCE: 'He Kept Trying To Steal ORIANTHI Out Of My Band'

Legendary rocker Alice Cooper has told Billboard.com that while has never met Prince, he was a big fan of the iconic artist that tragically passed away last week. "The only real relationship we ever had was he kept trying to steal Orianthi out of my band," Cooper said, referring to the Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist who has also worked with Michael Jackson, Carrie Underwood, Dave Stewart and, most recently with former BON JOVI guitarist Richie Sambora. "Every time I talked to Orianthi, she'd be on the phone and say, 'It's Prince again.' I said, 'Could you tell him that you're with me for about the next year' — kidding, of course. I know that he liked to have pretty girls in his band. Other than that, I don't think I ever talked to the guy."

Orianthi left Cooper's band in June 2014 and was replaced by Nita Strauss.

Prince's body was discovered on Thursday, April 21 in the elevator of his Minnesota estate Paisley Park. The sheriff's office later released a statement saying they were "continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding his death," but had no further details. Foul play and suicide are not suspected.

Prince has won seven Grammy Awards, and he won an Oscar for the original song score to the classic film "Purple Rain", in which he also starred.

He recorded some 39 studio albums, recording and touring prolifically even after a very public battle to get out of his major label contract threatened to derail his career.

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