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New Daily Telegraph reviews and collected media reviews LAST & LARGE UPDATE

Please add any links I forgot:

The Daily Telegraph:
How a 'free' album makes millions... http://www.telegraph.co.u...nce119.xml

Prince launches campaign against web piracy http://www.telegraph.co.u...nce113.xml

Prince makes history with O2 shows http://www.telegraph.co.u...nce122.xml

London Fashion Week: The king of boho and the Prince http://www.telegraph.co.u...don120.xml

With Prince all the way http://www.telegraph.co.u...nce102.xml

First review http://www.telegraph.co.u...nce202.xml

Sexual shaman with foetal good looks http://www.telegraph.co.u...nce106.xml

A musical Christmas pudding http://www.telegraph.co.u...nce206.xml

Where were the songs I knew? http://www.telegraph.co.u...nce109.xml

Like James Brown in his funky heyday http://www.telegraph.co.u...nce113.xml

The wee seducer is as frustrating as he is thrilling http://www.telegraph.co.u...nce213.xml

This is what humanity can achieve http://www.telegraph.co.u...nce116.xml

Shape-shifting strangeness http://www.telegraph.co.u...nce120.xml

Proof that God has favourites http://www.telegraph.co.u...nce220.xml

Slickness and spontaneity http://www.telegraph.co.u...cea127.xml

For once, I didn't give a damn what he was wearing http://www.telegraph.co.u...ceb127.xml

If Cliff Richard had turned on to funk http://www.telegraph.co.u...nce130.xml

An impressive multi-tasker http://www.telegraph.co.u...ceb103.xml

A tiny love god http://www.telegraph.co.u...ceb103.xml

Let's go crazier sooner http://www.telegraph.co.u...nce111.xml

Still screaming for more after two hours of virtuoso funk http://www.telegraph.co.u...nce110.xml

Such an artist! I want to marry him http://www.telegraph.co.u...nce114.xml

He looked like he was on fire http://www.telegraph.co.u...nce117.xml

My first ever gig - and it was brilliant http://www.telegraph.co.u...nce118.xml

The 02 is Prince's house http://www.telegraph.co.u...nce222.xml

Final Prince report: Legend in a love bowl http://www.telegraph.co.u...nce124.xml


Q:
Prince at The O2 http://news.q4music.com/2...he_o2.html

Friday 3 and Saturday 4 August http://news.q4music.com/2..._o2_1.html

Tuesday 7 August http://news.q4music.com/2..._o2_2.html

Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 August http://news.q4music.com/2..._o2_3.html

Tuesday 14 August http://news.q4music.com/2..._o2_4.html

Friday 17 and Saturday 18 August http://news.q4music.com/2..._o2_5.html

Friday 24 and Saturday 25 August http://news.q4music.com/2..._o2_6.html

Tuesday 28 August http://news.q4music.com/2..._o2_7.html

Friday 31 August and Saturday 1 September http://news.q4music.com/2..._o2_8.html

Thursday 6 September http://news.q4music.com/2..._o2_9.html

Sunday 9 September http://news.q4music.com/2...o2_10.html

Wednesday 12 September http://news.q4music.com/2...o2_11.html

Thursday 13 September http://news.q4music.com/2...o2_12.html

Sunday 16 September http://news.q4music.com/2...o2_13.html

Thursday 20 September and Friday 21 September http://news.q4music.com/2...o2_14.html


BBC:
Prince begins 21-gig London run http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/h...925857.stm

Stripped-down soul at it's best http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/h...927548.stm

Prince fans warned of 'no-show' http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/h...942963.stm

Prince gets tough online http://www.bbc.co.uk/6mus...ince.shtml

Prince gets tough on web pirates http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/h...993752.stm

Sir Elton joins Prince in London http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/h...994379.stm

Last Prince gig gets TV broadcast http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/h...006425.stm

Prince wows London fashion elite http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/h...004199.stm

Prince on TV http://www.bbc.co.uk/6mus...ince.shtml

Prince wraps up London concerts http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/h...006425.stm


NME:
Prince takes a swipe at Madonna during London show http://www.nme.com/news/prince/30071

Prince live - Purple Reign in London continues http://www.nme.com/blog/i...&tb=1&pb=1

Elton John joins Prince onstage in London http://www.nme.com/news/31127

Prince to broadcast gig live on Sky News http://www.nme.com/news/31260

Prince brings London residency to spectacular close http://www.nme.com/news/prince/31307


The Evening Standard / London Lite:
Prince hits a purple patch http://www.thisislondon.c...d=23406727

When Prince's Twinz were a lot tinier http://www.thisislondon.c...article.do

Prince performs surprise hit on London fashion show catwalk http://www.thisislondon.c...article.do

Prince launches legal action over YouTube clips http://www.thisislondon.c...article.do


The London Paper:
Picky Prince http://www.thelondonpaper...Controller

Prince at The O2 http://www.thelondonpaper...Controller

Hangers-on get no love from Prince http://www.thelondonpaper...Controller

Prince asks for invite to Bourne bash http://www.thelondonpaper...Controller

Prince skulks in shadows at sax show http://www.thelondonpaper...Controller

Prince has a brolly night http://www.thelondonpaper...Controller

Prince rocks London http://www.thelondonpaper...es/prince/

Prince storms Matthew Williamson gig http://www.thelondonpaper...Controller

Prince's final concert http://www.thelondonpaper...Controller


The (Sunday) Times:
If I was your girlfriend http://women.timesonline....129970.ece

Prince at the 02 Arena http://entertainment.time...183108.ece

The artist currently thought to be back on form http://entertainment.time...199228.ece

He’s so last millennium http://entertainment.time...223620.ece

Prince takes on YouTube over clips http://entertainment.time...447862.ece


The Guardian:
Prince http://music.guardian.co....42,00.html

Why you wanna treat us so bad, fans ask Prince http://money.guardian.co....15,00.html

Little Reg Corvette: Elton John joins Prince onstage for surprise duet http://music.guardian.co....82,00.html

Prince seeks to 'reclaim the net' http://media.guardian.co....rss&feed=4


The Independent:
Purple reign: Prince prepares for his 21-night London residency http://arts.independent.c...807103.ece

The maestro of Minneapolis comes close to perfection http://arts.independent.c...826236.ece

Touched by the presence of genius http://arts.independent.c...836612.ece

The ABCs: Prince gives 'Mail on Sunday' a purple patch http://news.independent.c...859340.ece

Prince sues internet sites for breaching his copyright http://news.independent.c...961321.ece


Daily Mail:
Prince - the master showman - kicks off his London residency with a bang http://www.dailymail.co.u...ge_id=1924

Prince's biggest diva demand: Build me a home by the Dome http://www.dailymail.co.u...ge_id=1773

It's a double date for Prince 'charming' as he whisks Twinz out on the town http://www.dailymail.co.u...ge_id=1773

Prince performs surprise hit on London fashion show catwalk http://www.dailymail.co.u...ge_id=1773

Prince launches legal action over YouTube clips http://www.dailymail.co.u...ge_id=1773


Metro:
Prince issues diva demands? http://www.metro.co.uk/fa..._a_source=

Q Awards team up with Prince http://www.metro.co.uk/fa..._a_source=

Prince launches 21 nights tour http://www.metro.co.uk/fa..._a_source=

Prince crowned king of London http://www.metro.co.uk/me...page_id=25

Prince wowed by Kate's talent http://www.metro.co.uk/fa..._a_source=

Rare Prince performace on catwalk http://www.metro.co.uk/fa..._page_id=7

Prince takes action over YouTube clips http://www.metro.co.uk/fa..._a_source=

Prince to take on You Tube http://www.metro.co.uk/fa..._page_id=7


Daily Mirror:
By Royal appointment http://www.mirror.co.uk/s...-19519281/

Water guy Prince http://www.mirror.co.uk/s...-19540717/

Prince reigns over the 02 http://www.mirror.co.uk/s...-19556914/

Lenny Henry reviews Prince http://www.mirror.co.uk/s...-19563785/

King to Prince http://www.mirror.co.uk/s...-19604151/

Prince charmer http://www.mirror.co.uk/s...-19622419/

Is Prince's purple patch over? http://www.mirror.co.uk/s...-19638681/

Prince rocks London catwalk with surprise gig http://www.mirror.co.uk/n...-19788272/

Prince rocks London catwalk with surprise gig http://www.mirror.co.uk/n...-19816123/

Prince to sue YouTube and eBay http://www.mirror.co.uk/n...-19788272/

Prince has Elt on http://www.mirror.co.uk/s...-19793756/


The Sun:
Brave start to a Purple Reign http://www.thesun.co.uk/a...40,00.html

Star dishes out Prince-ly tips http://www.thesun.co.uk/a...38,00.html

Paparazzi's Purple playin' shots http://www.thesun.co.uk/a...05,00.html


Herald Sun:
Prince kicks off London shows http://www.news.com.au/he...74,00.html


The Observer:
Nothing compares 2 Prince http://observer.guardian....84,00.html


Globe and Mail:
Long live Prince's purple reign http://www.theglobeandmai...nment/home (see text in reply below)


The People:
Prince bans Moss! http://www.people.co.uk/s..._page.html

LiFE'S LOSER http://www.people.co.uk/s..._page.html


Daily Star:
PRINCE IS STILL ROCK ROYALTY http://www.dailystar.co.u...k-royalty/


Reuters:
"U Got the Look": Prince hits the London catwalk http://ca.today.reuters.c...ived=False


Vogue:
MATTHEW WILLIAMSON SPRING/SUMMER 2008 http://www.vogue.co.uk/Sh...stID=47402


Elle:
Breaking News: Prince opens Matthew Williamson's 10th Anniversary http://www.elleuk.com/ell...id)/145278


Sky News:
EXCLUSIVE: Prince Live On Sky News http://news.sky.com/skyne...79,00.html


24 Dash:
Prince wows crowd at London's O2 Arena http://www.24dash.com/sho.../25465.htm


Contact Music:
PRINCE BEGINS O2 RUN http://www.contactmusic.c...un_1039391


Click Music:
Prince, O2 Arena, London http://www.clickmusic.com...ondon.html


Eye Weekly:
Prince @ O2 Arena http://www.eyeweekly.com/daily/?p=828


The Console:
Prince @ 02 Arena http://www.theconsole.co....music.html


1to1 Media:
Prince: Musician, Maverick, Marketing Genius? http://www.1to1media.com/...ocID=30417


The Daily Express: print version of Friday August 3rd: "Prince kicks off his purple reign" by Marcus Dunk, p. 55 with b/w photograph. 4 stars

The Sunday Express: print version of Sunday August 5th: "Crown Prince sings farewell to heyday hits"by Charlotte Heathcote, p. 79 with b/w photograph. 3 out of 5 stars

The Mail on Sunday: print version of Sunday August 5th: "Prince is the king of the Dome" by Tim de Lisle, p. 62 with b/w photograph. 4 out of 5 stars

City A.M.: only print version
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Reply #1 posted 08/20/07 7:43am

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1 over Jordan...the greatest since
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Reply #2 posted 08/20/07 7:45am

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Thanks!!!! uhhh what's up with the avatar ..it kind of scares me in a who's is that weird guy at your front door with the watchtower sort of way lol
1 over Jordan...the greatest since
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Reply #3 posted 08/20/07 7:48am

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Anyone else get the impression that the Telegraph's reviewer of Saturday show didn't actually go?
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Reply #4 posted 08/20/07 8:36am

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SquirrelMeat said:

Anyone else get the impression that the Telegraph's reviewer of Saturday show didn't actually go?


Yeah but at least its good not like ol'ELlis Bextor's awful one, I went to tv show recording audience thing and she was on (Dame Edna) she was such a moody c*w! why get her to review I dont know!! smile
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Reply #5 posted 08/20/07 10:06am

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SquirrelMeat said:

Anyone else get the impression that the Telegraph's reviewer of Saturday show didn't actually go?


Yeah but at least its good not like ol'ELlis Bextor's awful one, I went to tv show recording audience thing and she was on (Dame Edna) she was such a moody c*w! why get her to review I dont know!! smile

Maybe the scrawny bitch was promised a Blue Peter badge wink
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Reply #6 posted 08/20/07 2:57pm

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where do i begin?
www.arjunmusic.com
www.myspace.com/arjunmusic
www.cdbaby.com/arjuntunes

ARJUN: funk-indie-rock-jazz-groove trio just released their debut album entitled, "Pieces"
Instrumental heavy grooves and improvisation.
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Reply #7 posted 08/20/07 3:12pm

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lol @ '' During 'Musicality' '' lol
`i Like em Fat, i Like em Prouddd`
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Reply #8 posted 08/21/07 3:03pm

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oh mama I wish I could resist ...
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Reply #9 posted 08/21/07 3:17pm

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SquirrelMeat said:

Anyone else get the impression that the Telegraph's reviewer of Saturday show didn't actually go?

Kwame ws sat behind me block 111 row f (me) g (him). I was too busy dancing and singing to look round and see if he was enjoying himself, I guess he was!
oh mama I wish I could resist ...
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Reply #10 posted 08/21/07 11:17pm

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lol @ '' During 'Musicality' '' lol


lol I was just gonna say. Oh, they crack me up sometimes.


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Reply #11 posted 08/22/07 1:54am

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HotPaisleyGirl said:

SquirrelMeat said:

Anyone else get the impression that the Telegraph's reviewer of Saturday show didn't actually go?

Kwame ws sat behind me block 111 row f (me) g (him). I was too busy dancing and singing to look round and see if he was enjoying himself, I guess he was!


He just writes crap reviews then. He thinks he was in there for 2 hours!?
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Reply #12 posted 08/22/07 3:43am

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aymiderham said:

SquirrelMeat said:

Anyone else get the impression that the Telegraph's reviewer of Saturday show didn't actually go?


Yeah but at least its good not like ol'ELlis Bextor's awful one, I went to tv show recording audience thing and she was on (Dame Edna) she was such a moody c*w! why get her to review I dont know!! smile


I know people didn't like her review because she had an opionion, but half the reviews are just pointless garbage.

If you are going to a review a gig, review the gig itself.

I was at the same gig as SEB and whilst I enjoyed it, I did see her point at times, but hey, I am just a part time fan, so what do I know?
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Reply #13 posted 08/22/07 2:32pm

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Can somebody please help me find a review from prince at the o2 from 17th of august. I really can't find any usefull reviews..
Thank U

Mstar - Denmark
Oh Shiiit... I'm Satisfied
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Reply #14 posted 08/23/07 3:41pm

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Mstar said:

Can somebody please help me find a review from prince at the o2 from 17th of august. I really can't find any usefull reviews..
Thank U

Mstar - Denmark

http://www.telegraph.co.u...nce120.xml
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Reply #15 posted 08/30/07 2:54am

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Julian Lloyd Webber wrote a nice review until he said that Prince reminded him of a latter day Cliff Richard!! I mean, WTF!!!! lol
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Reply #16 posted 08/30/07 2:57am

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SquirrelMeat said:

HotPaisleyGirl said:


Kwame ws sat behind me block 111 row f (me) g (him). I was too busy dancing and singing to look round and see if he was enjoying himself, I guess he was!


He just writes crap reviews then. He thinks he was in there for 2 hours!?

I can't stand him. He's always a talking head on those rubbish list shows on BBC2 and Channel 4. Always trying to sound intellectual without actually saying anything of note. I have no idea how he's become so prolific on TV/newspapers.
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ConsciousContact said:

Julian Lloyd Webber wrote a nice review until he said that Prince reminded him of a latter day Cliff Richard!! I mean, WTF!!!! lol

I think that one might have to do with the Peter Pan complex of never ageing lol I can't think of any other similarities.
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Reply #18 posted 09/03/07 8:47am

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wtf is Jo Brand on about?
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1p1p1i3 said:

wtf is Jo Brand on about?

same moaning negative shit she usually comes out with, stick to your boring afternoon chat shows Jo
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- Independent http://news.independent.c...871476.ece
By Oliver Duff
Published: 17 August 2007
The walking hairball formerly known as Prince took a break from his London residency in Docklands to watch the premiere of Matt Damon's new action feature.
The aftershow party was held around the rooftop swimming pool at flash new members' club Shoreditch House. A rainstorm sent celebs scurrying inside to the downstairs bar and caused the roof above the stairwell to leak like Niagara. A bouncer placed a champagne bucket on a step to catch the rainwater.
Prince and his brolly-wielding entourage stormed down the stairs in a self-important flurry and - perhaps because he was wearing his enormous "sunnies" - the musician didn't notice the bucket. He tripped over it, managing to steady himself but punting the dirty contents over a fox in a cocktail dress.


- Long live Prince's purple reign
JIAN GHOMESHI

Globe and Mail, August 17, 2007

LONDON — ‘How old is he?” The blond girl to my left is looking straight ahead, eyes trained on the priapic purple enigma. He's in a trademark salacious mood, prancing around the stage and flirting with his microphone stand, his dancers, his band and his fans. He is coaxing extraordinary sounds out of his guitar (also purple). He is in complete control. It is the second Saturday-night show of his unprecedented 21-date, sold-out run at The O2 in London. There are 20,000 punters again this night, and they've all been standing since he hit the stage.

It is an historic and ambitious residency. He claims it is the final time he will play his big songs (“per4ming his greatest hits 4 the last time” is the billing). And this nearly two-month-long finale is rolling out in a global city that mirrors his remarkably diverse audience. A quick glance around the arena reminds us that he is the ultimate crossover artist, mixing R&B, soul, rock and pop fans. Hip-hop mogul P Diddy is in the front area just ahead of me, wearing his obligatory shades. Diddy is unable to contain his enthusiasm and is standing as well, albeit behind a small rope. The rope is purple.

“He's about to turn 50,” I scream back at her, pleased with myself at this quick response to a trivial pursuit and simultaneously impressed that the focus of our attention has conquered near half a century. The blond girl barely looks at me. She's now loudly singing along to Let's Go Crazy. The song is certainly older than she is, but she doesn't care.

Yes, he's 49, but it feels as though he ought to be older. He's been a star for as long as I've bought music – forever, in the ephemeral world of popular culture. Yet right now he looks ever the youthful, sexy beast, singing like an angel and dancing like the devil – blending the nobility of a veteran with the nubility of a teenager. Ageless.

Whoever this diminutive mystery really is, he's performing one of the best concerts I have ever seen. Better than I've seen him in the past. He's loose and clearly having fun. It is a creative extravaganza of musicianship, improvisation, entertainment and exhilaration. It is hard to imagine him being any better. To reference his own characteristically modest lyric: “In the beginning God made the sea. But on the seventh day he made me.”

So let's introduce what may seem like a strange assertion: This is the year of Prince.

Yes, odd. Thirty years into his career and two decades removed from his most famous material, 2007 is increasingly the dominion of the artist formerly known as formerly. With stellar live reviews, major awards, positive reaction to his fine new record and more attention than he's gotten since Purple Rain, it's like the whole world is waking up to just how talented he is. Finally. While eighties megawatt counterparts The Police are on a pricey international tour that is inviting questions from a few critics about whether they are still worth the ticket price (some of the questions being posed by their own drummer), Prince is universally accepted to be at the top of his live game and has more respect than ever. To put it colloquially, Prince is kicking ass. So how did this happen?

It might be argued that in recent years too many of us have forgotten Prince's musical footprint and legacy. It's been hard not to focus on his peculiar idiosyncrasies rather than his creative output. Let's see, there was the long-standing battle with his former record label that led to various bizarre name changes, culminating in an impossible-to-pronounce androgynous squiggle. Then there was the somewhat offensive spectacle of an artist signed to a $100-million (U.S.) contract with Warner glibly equating the deal with “slavery.” And finally, the hubris and cynicism of a man willing to release subpar records to burn off the obligations of a multialbum contract.

Somewhere along the way, Prince lost our patience. And we collectively forgot that he produces, composes, arranges and performs almost every song on all of his albums. That besides his own multimillion-selling catalogue of hits like Kiss and When Doves Cry and Sign O' The Times, he has been responsible for writing myriad classic songs made popular by other artists: Sinead O'Connor's version of Nothing Compares 2 U; Chaka Khan's I Feel for You and The Bangles' Manic Monday.

Even now, the musical imprint of Prince and his sound can be found on numerous contemporary recordings. Ask fans of Justin Timberlake to sample any of Prince's first three records and they may discover something strangely familiar. And P Diddy could stand to throw a few royalty dollars to the man who has clearly provided inspiration.

Not that Prince is unaware of any of this, or in any apparent need of affirmation. His recent return to the limelight can partly be attributed to his legendary cockiness. A 21-date stand at one of London's largest concert venues is an audacious act of self-confidence that would've scared off the most reckless of gamblers. Each concert begins with a video testimonial to Prince's career by the likes of Selma Hayek and the aforementioned Diddy. Once the show begins, he emerges from underneath a curtain and uses any spare moment to remind us of his legacy. “I got too many hits! Y'all aren't ready for me!” he repeats with playful sass throughout this night. The massive congregation is willing to take whatever he will give them – and he knows it.

But the point of all of this is more than just long-deserved recognition. Prince is on a mission. He appears intent on warning all of us about the music industry and the ascendance of manufactured pop artists abusing new technology. “Real music by real musicians!” he screams throughout his O2 show.

His declaration is underscored by the presence of a brilliant backing group including former James Brown sideman Maceo Parker on saxophone. The band jams and jousts and musically jumps from genre to genre, led by its guitar-wizard conductor. It is the embodiment of everything unrealized in prefabricated modern pop. At a later point in the concert, he solemnly tells the audience, “You all got your computers and all that, you ain't ready for the real music.” He then launches into another protracted but beautifully melodic guitar solo, leaving no doubt as to what he considers real music.

He is not wrong. That is what is resonating with fans and critics around the globe. It is this authenticity that marked the beginning of the year of Prince. On the heels of winning the best-original-song award at the Golden Globes in late January for his contribution to the hit film Happy Feet, Prince was booked to play the halftime show at the Super Bowl, the annual overblown NFL showcase, in Miami in early February.

Then something quite remarkable happened. In front of an estimated worldwide audience of one billion, Prince transformed what is usually an excessive and inane, prepackaged musical intermission (notwithstanding wardrobe malfunctions) into an outstanding concert event. Appearing virtually alone onstage and entirely live, he was dazzling. He performed a moving and note-perfect rendition of his ballad Purple Rain as rain began to poetically pour down on him. Seemingly energized by adversity, he then shot through a blazing version of All Along the Watchtower as if he was channelling the spirit and fingers of Hendrix. He was confident, he was mature, he was moving, and he was doing it all without taped backing tracks. In that 15-minute performance he silenced critics and reminded the world about the power of live music and his unparalleled blend of talents as a vocalist, guitarist, writer, dancer and ageless wonder.

As if to emphasize the lessons he intends to teach the music business, Prince is bringing a notable generosity to his current affairs. You might think him self-indulgent, but you cannot accuse him of being greedy. He cut a controversial deal with a national newspaper in the U.K. to deliver his new album free with the Sunday edition a few weeks back. In addition, copies of Planet Earth are handed out to each customer with a concert ticket at the O2.

The seats themselves are being sold for a face value of approximately $70 for any section in the house. Contrast this with the astronomic prices charged by Barbra Streisand or the Rolling Stones and Prince comes off as positively philanthropic. And he is treating those who attend his arena run to programs at least two hours in length and sometimes three hours or more. Free albums, cheap tickets and lengthy improvised shows are not exactly the current conventions of the music aristocracy.

But none of what Prince has been doing this year would resonate the way it has without his unassailable musicianship and spectacular live presence. He can play every instrument better than the stars in his band (as Pharrell Williams once put it), and his voice appears to have only gotten better with age. On this Saturday night, he opens with a fiery extended version of Purple Rain that most performers would save for the end of the program. It is like an inverse trajectory. He is starting his spectacle with the encore.

But the show reveals a series of climaxes, each one besting the last. Less than half an hour into the concert, the band is engaged in a furiously satisfying improvisation of Play That Funky Music. Throughout, Prince shakes like Little Richard and then sings in a sultry falsetto. He tears into a lightning-speed solo like Eddie Van Halen, and then gently caresses his guitar notes into musical elegance like George Benson. He is an energetic blur through Crème and U Got the Look and Little Red Corvette. And two hours into the show, it is clear that he cannot possibly play all of his hits without playing into tomorrow.

In all, it feels like a celebration of music itself. During one of his last moments of the evening, a performance of Sometimes it Snows in April from the 1986 Parade album, he sings the lyric, “All good things, they say, never last.” He pauses. There is a moment of pathos and nostalgia. Then he continues. He is on a mission. He has proven his point. It is the year of Prince. Again.

Jian Ghomeshi is a writer, musician and host of the daily program Q on CBC Radio One and Sirius 137.
[Edited 9/5/07 11:42am]
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Reply #21 posted 09/08/07 1:02am

Jochem

popgodazipa said:

Thanks!!!! uhhh what's up with the avatar ..it kind of scares me in a who's is that weird guy at your front door with the watchtower sort of way lol

It's the Dutch Prime Minister. Here in Holland people make fun of him saying he looks like Harry Potter.
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Reply #22 posted 09/10/07 10:39am

rgagnon1999

FYI:

All the current UK telegram O2 Concert Reviews can be seen at

http://www.telegraph.co.u...getRule=10
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Reply #23 posted 09/22/07 1:18am

Exetergirl

And the review by the Independent is very favourable

http://arts.independent.c...Sometimes, you walk away from a concert feeling privileged to have been present.

The reveiwer ends with:

After a performer like Prince has played a show like this, you walk away feeling privileged to have been alive at the same time.

I've always felt like that.
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Reply #24 posted 09/22/07 1:28am

ReddishBrownOn
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Not really from the media review, but here are Brain May's thoughts on Prince at the o2:

http://brianmay.com/brian...anssb.html

(It's the last post on the page).
It's been too long since you've had your ass kicked properly:


http://www.facebook.com/p...9196044697

My band - listen and 'like' us, if you please
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Reply #25 posted 09/26/07 3:06pm

jillis

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Many links added today.
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