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Thread started 09/24/12 11:01pm

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Chicago Review

My Prince review for anyone interested... The crappiest Prince concert I have EVER seen. The fact that it started an hour late was to be expected. The extended jams on obscure associated artist songs(Hey, Morris Day and Sheila E are available to do their own songs, and they work for Rib Fest money) or obscure Curtis Mayfield covers got tiring very quickly. The sound was crappy, the back up singers way to overpowering and Prince himself seemed very disinterested in being the center of attention that we paid to see. One guitar(the mad cat)no effects and he only played it for 3 songs! Constant requests to "turn up the lights" and "now you sing" were distracting and made me feel like he didn't want the spotlight that he used to command like no other. I came to see THE MAN tear it up and I left having bared witness to a weak Vegas review put on by a band leader who introduced his frigging drummer 3 separate times(lest we forget) and forfeited his "Guitar God" moment of a Purple Rain solo and ushered in a... wait for it... SAXAPHONE SOLO? WTF. I've never seen him pick up his axe less than he did tonight. To top it all off, we waited in a darkened arena for 30 minutes for the second encore while crew members swept the stage like they were cleaning a level 3 bio-hazard lab. Oh, the encore which would surely contain one of his many yet to be played hits like "Let's Go Crazy" or "Little Red Corvette", well it never materialized. After those 30 tedious minutes, the lights came up and his guitar was still sitting center stage untouched. Just like it was for most of the night.

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Reply #1 posted 09/24/12 11:09pm

bashraka

Thanks for posting the review! I think the reason he played the Curtis Mayfield covers is because Curtis Mayfield was from Chicago and rightfully is a Chicago music legend for recording and establishing his Curtom Records label for aspiring artsits from the Chi. When you mentioned that he played guitar for only 3 songs that reminds me of the Parade Tour of 1986 where he virtually played no guitar and was mainly a showman for those concerts. That's why I wouldn't be in a hurry to see Prince in concert if he took the Welcome 2 shows to Detroit. It's just the same songs that I've heard in better arrangements from past tours.

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Reply #2 posted 09/24/12 11:17pm

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bashraka said:

Thanks for posting the review! I think the reason he played the Curtis Mayfield covers is because Curtis Mayfield was from Chicago and rightfully is a Chicago music legend for recording and establishing his Curtom Records label for aspiring artsits from the Chi. When you mentioned that he played guitar for only 3 songs that reminds me of the Parade Tour of 1986 where he virtually played no guitar and was mainly a showman for those concerts. That's why I wouldn't be in a hurry to see Prince in concert if he took the Welcome 2 shows to Detroit. It's just the same songs that I've heard in better arrangements from past tours.

I've seen him 7 times in Indy and Chicago over the years and even though I don't "drink the Kool-Aid" I normally leave a Prince show on a natural high. I've NEVER heard a crowd boo him like they did after standing around waiting 30 minutes for an encore that didn't materialize. I work in the music business and I have seen well over 100 acts and can not remember a fiasco like the ending of tonight's show. The guy barely sang. He pattered alot, threw the high notes off to Shelby and let the crowd do most of the heavy lifting. I get the Curtis Mayfield thing but that cover lasted longer than Kiss, If I was Your Girlfriend, SOTT and the Darling Nikki tease combined!

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Reply #3 posted 09/24/12 11:25pm

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He seemed off tonight. Not quite there. The ending was bizarre, waiting in the dark. Overextended with the aftershows? Not well? Something just was not happening. I have seen other W2A shows and this was the only one that felt weak to me.
OK, a couple of numbers were fantastic but, overall, he did not seem involved. I hope tomorrow feels different.
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Reply #4 posted 09/24/12 11:29pm

DuoSonic

After the house lights were on for a few minutes his band came back and jammed for a bit. Then Prince came out and did 1999 and a nice, long version of Little Red Corvette.
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Reply #5 posted 09/24/12 11:30pm

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Reply #6 posted 09/24/12 11:34pm

bashraka

I'm looking at the setlist of tonight's show at princevault and it's significant to me that he lifted a portion of a medley from his set of the 2005 NAACP Image Awards where he received a liftime achivement award and performed DMSR, We're A Winner (Curtis Mayfield cover), I Never Loved A Man (Aretha Franklin cover), Satisfied, Housequake, The Jam (Larry Graham cover), Jungle Love, The Bird and The Glamorous Lofe. Sorry that you guys had a bad time at the concert. I wonder how many of these W2A residencies he can stomach before finally doing some new shit.

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Reply #7 posted 09/24/12 11:51pm

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Reply #8 posted 09/25/12 1:09am

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All of this sounds very much like the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam last year. Sound problems on the first night... It's not unusual for the first night of a series of gigs to be less than great. And at the last night of NSJF too, the lights stayed on for a long time and most started to leave. But this time nothing happened.But the diehards like us know he likes to pull of stunts like that!So be careful...
One thing puzzles me:the ones leaving are the common folks who want the hits, while the ones staying are the diehards.. So why do they get 199?Would have mader more sense to play Old Friends 4 Sale then...
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Reply #9 posted 09/25/12 1:11am

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^ I meant 1999 of course.
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Reply #10 posted 09/25/12 7:02am

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Already a thread by same OP here http://prince.org/msg/12/387670

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