For six delirious months, pop star Prince had a residency at the Rio in a retrofitted showroom dubbed Club 3121 from November 2006 until April 2007. Following the unexpected death of the artist last week, a former butler at the resort did an AMA on his years behind the scenes, specifically taking questions about Prince.
"He lived in one of the suites and I would service his room as needed along with the other butlers," "Cheeky Guy" wrote on Reddit.
Here’s a look at what he shared.
On some of the dinners served Prince:
At dinners he would often give sermons and preached to them, he was a Jehovah Witness. One of the Spice Girls was always there...the tall one. Never did I suspect any drugs. He enjoyed nice wines here and there and Patron but no red flags for me.
On serving breakfast at 3 a.m.:
I have a lot of great memories but the one that made me laugh was there was one night where I got a call at about 3 am in the morning and he wanted breakfast for 14 people. I was the only butler on duty during that graveyard shift. He asked for 14 omelets and 14 orders of pancakes. I called everyone in the casino and had all the cooks running to make this order while I made the table. I had to serve the whole breakfast at now 4am in the morning by myself. I came up with the two carts full of food trying to plate it as fast as I can when Prince stood up from his chair and walked over to my cart. He grabbed a plate of pancakes and started helping me serve. I couldn't help but to laugh from the Charlie Murphy story on the Dave Chappelle show. This was my favorite moment...ever. …Chaka Khan was there and she wanted avocado with her omelet...I had to run my ass off down to the kitchen and slice one up.
On damage to the room:
The breakfast story was the craziest for me but I remember after he won his Golden Globe for Happy Feet it was in his room but in an odd place. I was in the room with my manager and I looked at it and said wow, I am actually looking at a Golden Globe, my manager laughed and asked me if I could guess why it was in an odd place on an oak table in the room. I didn't know so he lifted it up and there was a burn mark from a candle which Prince caused one night. He was using the Golden Globe to cover up room damage, which is hilarious.
He also broke a wine glass one night and kicked it under a rug in the living room. Housekeeping notice when they heard the crunching sound the next morning. Hahaha
On some of the other dishes Prince ordered:
Just the piano. One early evening he ordered pizza which he wanted to eat during a movie. I got him pizza from the casino and as I was clearing off the coffee table one of his guitar picks was there. I picked it up and asked him where I should place it, he responded in his deep voice "You can keep it". So I did and I gave it to my dad as a gift, the pick had his logo on it and it was white and purple.