Prairie Prince (born Charles Lempriere Prince, May 7, 1950, Charlotte, North Carolina) is a rock drummer. He was a member of The Tubes and a founding member of Journey. He 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, Tommy Bolin, Phil Lesh, and former Tubes and Grateful Dead keyboardist Vince Welnick.
He is also a graphic artist, designing the album cover artwork for Rundgren's 1981 album Healing and Welnick's 1998 album Missing Man Formation, among 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 also collaborated with Ross Valory, bassist for and also a founding member of Journey, on a line of kids shirts called Mouth Man Animated Hoodies where graphic designs of jaws and teeth on the sleeves form a mouth that can be manipulated when the arms are crossed.
He recently completed a tour with The New Cars including Todd Rundgren, bassist Kasim Sulton (Rundgren's Utopia bandmate), and original Cars guitarist Elliot Easton and keyboardist Greg Hawkes. He also continues to play with The Tubes.
He was a founding member The Next Generation of Jefferson Starship in 1992 and appears on both their studio albums : the 1999 release Windows of Heaven and the 2008 release, Jefferson's Tree of Liberty. Due to Prince's commitments with The Tubes and the Steve Kimock band, he was often replaced by other drummers during the Starship's tours. Most notable replacements included Trey Sabatelli, former Jefferson Starship drummer Donny Baldwin and Tony Morley among others. Prince and longtime companion Diana Mangano, the Starship's singer, announced in early 2008 that they were leaving the band on amicable terms and remained available for further collaborations. They were replaced by Donny Baldwin and Cathy Richardson respectively.
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