Prairie Prince (born Charles L'Empereur Prince, May 7 1950, Charlotte, North Carolina) is a rock drummer. He is a member of the The Tubes and was a founding member of the group Journey, and has also worked with Chris Isaak (on his first four albums), Todd Rundgren, Brian Eno, David Byrne, XTC, Tom Waits, Paul Kantner, George Harrison, Dick Dale, Glenn Frey, Richard Marx, Bill Spooner, Neil Hamburger, John Fogerty, and Tommy Bolin. When Fogerty was asked to put together his dream band for a one-time live show to celebrate the release of "Centerfield," he chose several members of Booker T and the MGs, but since drummer Al Jackson Jr. had died several years earlier, Fogerty chose Prince as his drummer for the show.
Prince is also a graphic artist, designing the album cover artwork for Rundgren's 1981 album Healing, amongst others. Along with his creative partner Michael Cotten, he has created numerous set designs for major artists including Billy Joel, Bette Midler, N'Sync, The Tubes, and Todd Rundgren.
He continues to play with The Tubes.
Appearances with XTCEdit
- Skylarking (1986)
- Apple Venus