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Thread started 04/21/13 12:55pm

purplekat

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Going to shows alone - any advice?

I'm going to all 4 shows in Anaheim, CA but, as always, I have to go alone because no one close to me wants to spend that much money to see Prince! (for some odd reason!). Anyway, I was just wondering how other people in my situation manage it, especially since there are 2 shows in one night. That's going to be a long day of lining up trying to get a good spot! Is anyone willing to meet up and start a "buddy" system at each show? What is the best way to deal with having to eat, go to the bathroom, etc. in these situations? All this is making me so nervous! I get so anxious about the line up before the show that sometimes it takes away from my anticipation and excitement about the actual show itself! Any advice? Thanks neutral

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Reply #1 posted 04/21/13 1:14pm

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I completely understand! I went to a Seattle show by myself, and I had some of the same worries. If you can't find an org buddy, your best bet is to make friends with people in line! 2 guys in front of me were willing to hold my spot near the stage, while I used the restroom. I was so grateful, because by the time I came back, there was already a bigger crowd. Good luck, and be safe!

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Reply #2 posted 04/21/13 1:50pm

dsapp

I'm in the same boat for the four Vegas shows. I guess I hope to meet some friendly folks in line.

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Reply #3 posted 04/21/13 1:58pm

philmoreliz

I went to some Chicago shows alone. It was fine, like a big party. I will be at the Wednesday Anaheim shows, probably with a friend. See you there. In these smallish venues a single person can slip through the crowd more easily than a twosome.
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Reply #4 posted 04/21/13 2:46pm

hisbadness

dsapp said:

I'm in the same boat for the four Vegas shows. I guess I hope to meet some friendly folks in line.

I'll be doing all 4 Vegas shows alone too. Happy to buddy up.

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Reply #5 posted 04/21/13 6:06pm

stillwaiting

I've met a lot of nice people at shows by just being friendly, or on the forums here. You just have to be very careful who you choose to be around. If they are spending this kind of money to see Prince, they likely are a decent person. I'd just take some time to get to know them...by asking some simple questions about Prince to start up a conversation. If all they can talk about is how Prince's career went downhill after Tony M left, then you know you have to watch out for them!@ Just kidding, but just be aware of your surroundings, and use normal caution. You should have a great time, and hopefully make a friend or two. I've been to 45 Prince shows, and only 1 of them was where I lived, and went alone to maybe 20 of them.
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Reply #6 posted 04/21/13 7:34pm

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If you find an Orger, check out their posting habits and see if they've been very critical about the tour so far. You might want to avoid standing or sitting next to them.

I found a few Orgers who were really super cool. We had a really good time before, during, and after the show. And it's nice to have that enthusiasm.

"I mean I always figured you were a trip at times, but now I'm beginning to believe you're a freaking vacation." -2elijah
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Reply #7 posted 04/21/13 8:46pm

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purplekat said:

I'm going to all 4 shows in Anaheim, CA but, as always, I have to go alone because no one close to me wants to spend that much money to see Prince! (for some odd reason!). Anyway, I was just wondering how other people in my situation manage it, especially since there are 2 shows in one night. That's going to be a long day of lining up trying to get a good spot! Is anyone willing to meet up and start a "buddy" system at each show? What is the best way to deal with having to eat, go to the bathroom, etc. in these situations? All this is making me so nervous! I get so anxious about the line up before the show that sometimes it takes away from my anticipation and excitement about the actual show itself! Any advice? Thanks neutral

I don't have any tickets yet (but they have not sold out yet) and am cosidering going alone... I'm in Westlake Village. I'll probably just choose 1 show vs all 4...

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Reply #8 posted 04/21/13 9:17pm

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I went to the first Vancouver show all alone and met some really nice people. I waited in line early which was a really good idea - because the people waiting in line early probably really enjoy Prince like you.

DON'T BE AFRAID TO TALK TO RANDOMS! Maybe bring a special drink in a gaterade bottle while you're waiting in line? lol But making friends with the people in front or behind you is key - you need to be able to have them save your spot in line for you just in case! Start talking Prince - that's what I did!

But honestly I don't think you need to worry at all!

White, Black, Puertorican, everybody justa freakkkkkin'!
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Reply #9 posted 04/21/13 9:28pm

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nonewhat said:

I went to the first Vancouver show all alone and met some really nice people. I waited in line early which was a really good idea - because the people waiting in line early probably really enjoy Prince like you.

DON'T BE AFRAID TO TALK TO RANDOMS! Maybe bring a special drink in a gaterade bottle while you're waiting in line? lol But making friends with the people in front or behind you is key - you need to be able to have them save your spot in line for you just in case! Start talking Prince - that's what I did!

But honestly I don't think you need to worry at all!

Or you can meet em online biggrinbiggrin

"I mean I always figured you were a trip at times, but now I'm beginning to believe you're a freaking vacation." -2elijah
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Reply #10 posted 04/21/13 9:34pm

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I went to three of the four Seattle shows solo, as I couldn't get my friends to pony up for tix more than once. I ended up meeting some AMAZING people whom I hope I know for a long time. And, before the early show on Friday, I ended up meeting a super cute, awesome girl, and we're going on a date later this week. So, you never know what can happen. Enjoy the shows!

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Reply #11 posted 04/21/13 10:08pm

LavenderPurple

I'm going alone as well to the early show on May 8. Trying to find someone to go with me, but lol no use.
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Reply #12 posted 04/22/13 7:47am

jon1967

go n have a great time .. your not alone ..

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Reply #13 posted 04/22/13 8:27am

3rdeyedude

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I don't know any Prince fans so I usually go it alone. Nobody really understands either. But I have met some really cool people in line. Sometimes, like with the ONA tour, we had a list - just so there were no issues later on (like when ten people try to jump the line or something)

Now, someone stop me from going to Vegas this weekend before I break down and spend some $

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Reply #14 posted 04/22/13 8:36am

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Like others have said, you won't feel alone.

Wear comfortable shoes.

Don't carry a coat or bag.

Be open to talking to those around you.

Enjoy!

I'm firmly planted in denial
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Reply #15 posted 04/22/13 11:16am

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GuyBros said:

If you find an Orger, check out their posting habits and see if they've been very critical about the tour so far. You might want to avoid standing or sitting next to them.



I found a few Orgers who were really super cool. We had a really good time before, during, and after the show. And it's nice to have that enthusiasm.



That says nothing! I'm critical, but I'm sure these gigs kick ass! Hard! I don't give a damn 4 this 3rdRateGirl shit, but Prince onstage in a small club...rules!!! No matter who's in the band. Trust me. I was in the Melkweg, Amsterdam 2nd night, 2011. eye no. & I also know Prince folk=good folk. Even if you go by yourself, you'll run in2 sum nice people.
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Reply #16 posted 04/22/13 6:22pm

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SuperSoulFighter said:

That says nothing! I'm critical, but I'm sure these gigs kick ass! Hard! I don't give a damn 4 this 3rdRateGirl shit, but Prince onstage in a small club...rules!!! No matter who's in the band. Trust me. I was in the Melkweg, Amsterdam 2nd night, 2011. eye no. & I also know Prince folk=good folk. Even if you go by yourself, you'll run in2 sum nice people.

I'm not saying it's a steadfast rule. I too am a critical person in that I am very willing to critically evaluate a phenomenon. And I wouldn't want anbody to mistake that for me being an asshole. But there is a difference between objectively evaluating something and the type of negative criticism that people on here have been involved in with this specific tour.

That being said, I'm aware that there is a possibility that a person can still enjoy a Prince show (I think even the most Prince-phobic person would be entertained by this tour), which is why I said "might."

Feel me?

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"I mean I always figured you were a trip at times, but now I'm beginning to believe you're a freaking vacation." -2elijah
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Reply #17 posted 04/23/13 4:56am

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Okay! thumbs up!
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Reply #18 posted 04/23/13 12:46pm

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You can have a damned good time even if you go by yourself! Enjoy! cool

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything." --Plato
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Reply #19 posted 04/23/13 2:25pm

bobzilla77

I've gone a few times by myself, and don't really mind.

If anything I'd rather have someone with me for the ride and hanging out before hand, and then comparing notes afterwards. Sometimes at GA shows even when with people, I want to get closer to the stage than them, or sit upstairs and relax while they want to press up front, and we won't see each other til the gig is over. It's cool, for the time the show is on I don't need anyone else around.

Concerts seem to be a pretty good atmosphere for just talking to people. Everyone's spirits are high, we're looking forward to something good, and we're all there for the same reason.

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Reply #20 posted 04/23/13 2:32pm

bobzilla77

As for how/ what to eat in between shows... good question! You'll be spending a lot of time in line and then guarding a spot on the floor. Who's got time to eat?

They sometimes serve food at the Grove when it is a dinner show w/tables but not sure if they serve anything when it is a GA floor show. If you call them they should be able to tell you. There are also some fast food joints within walking distance of the Grove.

If it was me I would pack up a cooler with sandwiches and stuff to leave in the car so I could run to the car between shows, grab a sandwich and eat it in line. Or else a large supply of Sweet & Salty Peanut Bars - the ideal portable luncheon! They'll at least tide you over til the gig's over.

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Reply #21 posted 04/23/13 5:57pm

chiba

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If you are in Vegas, we will hang with you. We aren't hard to find.

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Reply #22 posted 04/23/13 6:02pm

FrankieDJ

im goin' alone the second night in vegas but eye no a whole bunch of prince fans here...cali should b bangin', jus talk 2 everyone...

purplekat said:

I'm going to all 4 shows in Anaheim, CA but, as always, I have to go alone because no one close to me wants to spend that much money to see Prince! (for some odd reason!). Anyway, I was just wondering how other people in my situation manage it, especially since there are 2 shows in one night. That's going to be a long day of lining up trying to get a good spot! Is anyone willing to meet up and start a "buddy" system at each show? What is the best way to deal with having to eat, go to the bathroom, etc. in these situations? All this is making me so nervous! I get so anxious about the line up before the show that sometimes it takes away from my anticipation and excitement about the actual show itself! Any advice? Thanks neutral

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Reply #23 posted 04/24/13 2:01pm

dJJ

I'm not familiar with concerts in the US.

So, I can only share my experiences from Europe,

maybe you can relate?



I went alone to the North Sea Jazz Festival gigs.

And the people who were first had a wonderful system.

They were very organised orgers.


They handed out numbers. So first come, first go.



Especially because I was alone, that system was wonderful.


There was no stress because everybody knew their number.

And I could get myself some food or go to the toilet.


Of course, when the big crowd came, it was wise to make sure you were in the front.


But for the front crowd this system worked out very well.



I'm still thankful for these wonderful orgers being so friendly and organised.



During a concert I really prefer being on my own.

I don't want to need to pay attention to the needs of somebody else.

Especially when that person is not really into it. I've been standing in the back because a friend didn't want to go to the front.

And I didn't enjoy that concert that much.

I really enjoy the concerts better at the front.

Because there are the fans, people who relate to my experience during the concert.

I've had great times with other people in the front.

Without ever having met before.


And I really like the way the band has contact with the people in the front.


I love it when I can witness facial expressions and jokes on stage.

Can't see those things from the back.




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Reply #24 posted 04/26/13 11:27pm

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I thought I'd have to go alone too, but then my friend agreed to come with me. She's the one with whom I had seen my one and only other Prince concert in '93.
Maybe we will see you there. We would definitely help you hold your place, etc. if you need it! I'm sure others would too.
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