Former Prince manager David Libert claimed in an interview that being around Prince was unpleasant.
David Libert started his musical career with the Happenings before transitioning to the music industry and became tour manager for Alice Cooper from 1971 and 1975. Libert went to Los Angeles in 1975 and launched his agency the following year, representing George Clinton, P-Funk, Bootsy’s Rubber Band, The Runaways, and many more.
On September 23, he launched a new biography titled ‘Rock And Roll Warrior: My Misadventures With Alice Cooper, Prince, George Clinton, Living Colour, The Runaways, And More…’ Libert discussed working with Prince in this 273-page memoir. He met Prince and hung around with him at Clinton’s Thanksgiving meal while Sheila E. His Purple Rain tour included him as the opening act.
In an interview with UCR, Libert said that Prince was a difficult guy to work with. According to Libert, Prince was antisocial and didn’t know how to interact with others, so he appeared to be furious all the time. Despite the fact that the artist was quite courteous to him, Libert said that Prince was not an enjoyable person to spend around with. He did, however, regard his time with Prince as a fascinating experience.
David Libert told Ultimate Classic Rock the following about Prince:
“I liked Prince. He was a tough guy to deal with, but not for me. He was very nice to me. Prince was very antisocial; he felt awkward in social situations. He didn’t know how to deal with people on a certain level, so he pretended he was always angry.
But he was nice to me because, I guess, he didn’t want to look stupid in front of me, which is amazing that Prince would even care what I thought about him. But I was older than anybody else in his inner circle, and because I worked with George Clinton, that got me some respect. But I’m guessing on all of this.”
He then went on to explain how he avoided Prince’s company:
“I liked him, but I didn’t want to be obligated to go to his room every night with the select group of people he invited. Prince was not fun to hang out with, that’s for damn sure. But, yeah, it was an interesting experience. I seemed to go there every once in a while, and it seemed like he was happy to see me whenever I did, so that was nice.”
David Libert said that he did not want to go to Prince’s hotel room with the guests he had invited since spending time with Prince was not enjoyable. So he paid him a visit every now and then and offered his thoughts on Prince’s performances.