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The time Prince meant to play an Evansville bar and shot pool instead

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The call didn’t come until late in the day, about four hours before Prince was slated to perform before 8,300 fans.

Danny Harpole received word the rock star wanted to play a smaller show right after his performance at Roberts Stadium, in Evansville, Indiana, and he wanted to do it at Harpole’s bar.

The plan was simple. For $15, attendees could see one of the world’s most talented musicians perform on a tiny stage inside Main Street Exit, Harpole’s popular club.

The money would go toward Prince’s Love 4 One Another Foundation. Prince would do coat drives that helped warm more than 1,000 children on his previous tour stops, but his representatives apparently hadn’t had time to do that in Evansville. Instead, they’d put on this show.

What happened next was one of the most disastrous – and memorable – events in  the city’s music history.

Prince performs at Roberts Stadium in Evansville, Ind., Jan. 5, 1998, during the Jam of the Year Tour.

‘He looked around, blinked a few times and left’

Prince never performed at Harpole’s.

With 300 people waiting, the music legend showed up three hours late, walked upstairs and shot pool alone. He even refused to pay the 75-cent table fee. When his team finally ushered him onstage around 3 a.m., he looked around, blinked a few times and left.

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