Prince Rejected Joint Tour With Madonna Before His Death: ‘The World Isn’t Ready for This’

Prince and Madonna
Prince and Madonna Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank; Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Live Nation

They would have sold out every arena and made history. Madonna’s longtime manager, Guy Oseary, revealed that he proposed the idea of a joint tour with Madonna and Prince before the legendary musician’s death, and although she was totally on board, he wasn’t quite convinced.

“I pitched it to Madonna and within a second she said ‘I like it, we can call it the Royalty Tour… The Queen and The Prince’…. I love the way she thinks,” he wrote on Instagram on Thursday, April 21, in a tribute to the late “Purple Rain" singer.

“When I told Prince the idea he said: ‘the world isn’t ready for this, it’s too big,’” Oseary continued. “I always felt like one day I would pull it off. @Madonna performed in #stpaul last year and Prince was generous enough to host us and perform for us after that show at his home #paisleypark .. He didn’t go on stage until 3am, and per usual the show performance was mindblowing.”

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The two icons briefly dated in 1985 and collaborated on Madonna's track “Love Song” from her 1989 album Like a Prayer. They later feuded for decades; Madonna famously called Prince a “little troll” in an interview, while the “Purple Rain” singer slammed the Material Girl's brood of kids during a London concert. “I got more hits than Madonna’s got kids,” he told the crowd. They made up around 2011, and the mom of four has since cheered on Prince at many of his gigs.

The Rebel Heart singer also mourned the loss of the legend on her Instagram. “He Changed The World!!! A True Visionary,” she wrote. “What a loss. I’m Devastated.”

As previously reported, Prince passed away at his Chanhassen, Minnesota, studio on Thursday, April 21, at age 57. Medical personnel responded to an emergency call and found him unresponsive in an elevator at Paisley Park. He was pronounced dead at 10:04 a.m.

Hundreds of public figures have shared their condolences, including President Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Justin Timberlake, Boy George, Chaka Khan, Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and many more. 

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