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Prince 2014 UK Tour starts Feb 3rd - OFFICIAL - Part 2

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Reply #1 posted 02/09/14 11:13pm

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seriously, that was a legendary gig. that was one of the gigs in history people will ask if you were there and wish they were there. pink floyd could have written a song about it

where to next? and when?

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Reply #2 posted 02/10/14 1:08am

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So.............who is going to go to Shepherds Bush & queue today??

A friend of mine who went last night said security were confident he would be playing again tonight......

I've booked a half-day holiday, change of clothes in my bag, along with my dancing shoes, sorted the kids out, meeting my Husband up there as he works in London & a one way ticket on the high speed sorted.........

Should I or shouldn't I???

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Reply #3 posted 02/10/14 1:23am

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unique said:

seriously, that was a legendary gig. that was one of the gigs in history people will ask if you were there and wish they were there. pink floyd could have written a song about it

where to next? and when?

Glad to see you made it. That was defo a "I was there moment". I didnt feel that after the EB although that was immense as well. I just hope some of the serious music reviewers were there to write this into the annals of music history. IMO, even by Prince´s very high standards, he raised the bar to the next level last night. It is what I call the 'Leveleleven'. Last night was the first time I have ever been witness to it. Long may it continue...

If it were not for insanity, I would be sane.

"True to his status as the last enigma in music, Prince crashed into London this week in a ball of confusion" The Times 2014
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Reply #4 posted 02/10/14 1:27am

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I know this sounds odd, but after last night, I don't know if I want to try for another hit and run on this tour. Might wait for larger shows. Others will be great, but the chance of him pulling two out like that are slim.

Wednesday was great, but you could see on Princes face last night that he was in one of the best moods I've seen, and that translates to the audience, even when the same songs are being played.

See old boy, amazing what a few days sleep can do for his purple bones.
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Reply #5 posted 02/10/14 1:45am

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SquirrelMeat said:

I know this sounds odd, but after last night, I don't know if I want to try for another hit and run on this tour. Might wait for larger shows. Others will be great, but the chance of him pulling two out like that are slim. Wednesday was great, but you could see on Princes face last night that he was in one of the best moods I've seen, and that translates to the audience, even when the same songs are being played. See old boy, amazing what a few days sleep can do for his purple bones.

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I am thinking the same thing regarding going to more shows. I think I need sit back and savour last night. After the EB, when I saw the setlist to the second show, I realised that my memory of the second half of it was very vague and blurry. A combination of factors played a part in that including the fact that I am not 20something anymore. This made me very determined to see it all again. I was fresher last night, disciplined with the beer, and by fuck that paid off.

If I go again, it will be to bring my GF to see this. She is not a big fan of spontaneity but I know that this would have blown her away. She is a huge Foo Fighters and Queens Of The Stoneage fan.

Anyway, good to know I am not the only one thinking this, I was also beginning to feel a bit odd.

If it were not for insanity, I would be sane.

"True to his status as the last enigma in music, Prince crashed into London this week in a ball of confusion" The Times 2014
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Reply #6 posted 02/10/14 1:53am

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Even on post show come down, its clear from the words of gig big hitters (the few of us with serious three digit attendances) that this was up there with the very best. Certainly outside of after shows, is up there with Dublin Point 95.
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Reply #7 posted 02/10/14 2:08am

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I just passed venue. It's dead. No vans or ppl. Merch is away
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Reply #8 posted 02/10/14 2:10am

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unique said:

I just passed venue. It's dead. No vans or ppl. Merch is away

what merch were they selling?

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Reply #9 posted 02/10/14 2:15am

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rafael said:



unique said:


I just passed venue. It's dead. No vans or ppl. Merch is away



what merch were they selling?



Pretty much to shirts with the 3eg txt logo or 3eg face painting. I didn't get one
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Reply #10 posted 02/10/14 2:18am

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So what do people think then?? Nothing tonight?? Are vans & people usually around this time of the day? Maybe they unloaded yesterday & are planning to leave it there for tonight, hence why there are no vans etc as maybe they don't need to load the vans back up..................

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Reply #11 posted 02/10/14 2:23am

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rafael said:



unique said:


I just passed venue. It's dead. No vans or ppl. Merch is away



what merch were they selling?



A £70 "limited edition" (what tour merch isn't??) hooded t-shirt made of cotton thinner than Kate Moss giving up food for lent.
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Reply #12 posted 02/10/14 2:24am

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unique said:

I just passed venue. It's dead. No vans or ppl. Merch is away


They are waiting for you to head home before they set up wink
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Reply #13 posted 02/10/14 2:26am

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100% gutted I missed last nights gig after spending all day Saturday in London, just my luck. Sounded an amazing gig from what iv read the atmosphere mainly, which in London is sometimes lacking sounded as if it was electric. Jealous of all who made it!
I hear some SBE staff were saying they expected a full weeks work including the gigs already book. So Monday Tuesday? What are the chances? Even a hint of this I'd be out side the front door at 7:00am tue morning, so frustrating if it's only six or seven hours notice couldn't face not catching another gig. But seriously considering asking my boss for the week off and heading off in nothing but hope all over again. Hope he's feeling sympathetic, Prince and my boss!
If he plays again tonight enjoy urselfs!
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Reply #14 posted 02/10/14 2:46am

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Daft question I know, but is there any dress code for these gigs? Or will trainers and say a hoodie be ok?

Edit:thanks Whitnail

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Reply #15 posted 02/10/14 2:55am

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Daft question I know, but is there any dress code for these gigs? Or will trainers and say a hoodie be ok?

No dress code.

If it were not for insanity, I would be sane.

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Reply #16 posted 02/10/14 3:54am

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Hell no dress code. I'd have been screwed if that was the case as I dropped everything the second I found out yesterday to be at the venue within the hour of the announcement. I turned up with greasy hair, no make-up and dirty jeans sad

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Reply #17 posted 02/10/14 4:24am

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Reply #18 posted 02/10/14 4:44am

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SquirrelMeat said:

I know this sounds odd, but after last night, I don't know if I want to try for another hit and run on this tour. Might wait for larger shows. Others will be great, but the chance of him pulling two out like that are slim.

Not odd at all. My wife said to my bleary-eyed self this morning "So, are you going to try and do that again next weekend" and I genuinely said I don't think anything will top that for a while. Just amazingly contented and blown away.

I've loved every incarnation of Prince I've seen in the UK and am very partial to his soul, rnb, pop influences but there was one kind of show I was missing from my memory banks - an all out rock/funk-rock show.

I said to a guy next to me last night "stick a fork in me, I'm done" lol

Just somewhere in the middle,
Not too good and not too bad.
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Reply #19 posted 02/10/14 4:56am

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Ellie said:

Hell no dress code. I'd have been screwed if that was the case as I dropped everything the second I found out yesterday to be at the venue within the hour of the announcement. I turned up with greasy hair, no make-up and dirty jeans sad

yeah, thats the spirit. When the announcement was made yesterday, my GF said ok, I will go with you but I have to wash my hair. Problem was, the immersion timer had been mysteriously switched off. I cant go my hair is all greasy, I just laughed and told her it is not the royal family we are going to see. It was odd, this is a girl that has been at festivals all over Europe.

Maybe she didn't want to go, the queuing etc is not everyones cup of tea. I certainly didnt smell like a bed of roses by the time we got in, which was certainly abit embarrassing. I had a spare t-shirt in my rucksack, but i wasnt going to risk losing my place on the floor to change into it. So to the rest of crap that must be in the rucksack, such as phone charger, and tablet in case i lose the phone or battery dies, I can now add a roll on. smile

BTW, I think I saw you after the show near the merchandise stand.

If it were not for insanity, I would be sane.

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Reply #20 posted 02/10/14 4:56am

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After the announcement yesterday, I decided that I had no hope of driving the 130 miles, parking, and getting to the venue in time to be in with a chance. What an idiot!! I then went out for the afternoon, and upon my return, by which time it was too late to set off (or so I thought, actually it probably wasn't, if I'd know they would continue to let people in even after it started...yada yada, hindsight is a wonderful thing), I was dismayed to see how few were in the queue, and the realisation hit me that I could have gotten there!!!

Gutted, but it helps to come here and realise I was not alone, so thank you orgers for making me feel less of a twat!!!

Today, I am on standbye, but think it must be too late in the day now for any announcement. Oh well, can only live in hope that there will the chance to pull a sickie later in the week!!

Thanks too for all the reviews, although sad for myself, I am so happy that Prince was amazing for you - it sort of justifies my 30 year obsession!

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Reply #21 posted 02/10/14 4:57am

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Lovely guy in the queue behind me had driven up from just outside Swansea! He heard it on the radio, jumped in the car and parked up 100 yards from the venue.
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Reply #22 posted 02/10/14 5:03am

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Just want to say how lovely everyone in the queue was. All of the peopleI knew that would have gone with me couldn't go at such short notice so I went alone. When I got in line it seemed to be that way for most people so we formed a little group to chat to. It was easy going off for a walk to stretch our legs, popping to the kebab shop around the corner, going to the loo in the lovely warm pub next-door etc. knowing that your space would be saved.

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Reply #23 posted 02/10/14 5:21am

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Queue reports seem to appear more significantly friendly, supportive and more self-regulatory than the Electric Ballroom for sure.

Good stuff peeps! biggrin

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Reply #24 posted 02/10/14 5:21am

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Shepherds Bush was the best Prince concert I've ever seen (and I've seen many). In fact, it was the greatest gig I've witnessed from anyone.

Pure blazing, dazzling genius. The emotional intensity and energy was through the roof.

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Reply #25 posted 02/10/14 5:24am

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Lovely guy in the queue behind me had driven up from just outside Swansea! He heard it on the radio, jumped in the car and parked up 100 yards from the venue.

Damn it . .. .he oculd have picked me up on the way !!!

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Reply #26 posted 02/10/14 5:26am

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Queue reports seem to appear more significantly friendly, supportive and more self-regulatory than the Electric Ballroom for sure.

Good stuff peeps! biggrin

'dre

I think there were a number of factors.

1. The £70 call put off the opportunists. Fans tend to look after fans.

2. There was enough room for the whole queue to get in.

3. They numbered the crowd (although they could have done it a lot earlier).

4. The weather was better.

5. Security was improved (although they could still do with more).

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Reply #27 posted 02/10/14 5:34am

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SquirrelMeat said:

DreZone said:

Queue reports seem to appear more significantly friendly, supportive and more self-regulatory than the Electric Ballroom for sure.

Good stuff peeps! biggrin

'dre

I think there were a number of factors.

1. The £70 call put off the opportunists. Fans tend to look after fans.

2. There was enough room for the whole queue to get in.

3. They numbered the crowd (although they could have done it a lot earlier).

4. The weather was better.

5. Security was improved (although they could still do with more).

Lessons learnt from the EB for sure....so pleased for all the fans that went yesterday that it was a much better experience. I stayed away despite being 45mins away on the train as I thought it was going to be another scrum like the EB was. So gutted I didn't go now though sad

I'm gonna be there front row centre for wherever the next gig is though!!

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Reply #28 posted 02/10/14 5:44am

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Shepherds Bush was the best Prince concert I've ever seen (and I've seen many). In fact, it was the greatest gig I've witnessed from anyone.

Pure blazing, dazzling genius. The emotional intensity and energy was through the roof.

So jealous, it sounds incredible. I have to ask, how did Adore and How Come You Don't Call Me Anymore sound live?

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Reply #29 posted 02/10/14 6:04am

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If I get time, I might try to do a review, though I am sure it wont really add to anything that hasnt already been said.

As a hardened Prince fan having seen him countless times both in concert and aftershows (the indigo lounge on the final 21 night residency will linger long and was simply epic) I heard about the gig around 2.00pm. Living in Ipswich, Suffolk, its not that far to drive, so with an understanding wife, i jumped in the car (2 kitkats and a coke zero as my only sustinance) and sped down the A12. Dumped the car at Shenfield and hopped onto the train to Stratford, Central line train to Shephards Bush. Joined the queue after sprinting from the tube station I joined at number 610 (according to the security guy with his clicker.

I met 4/5 other singletons in the queue and we all got very friendly (which is a credit to Prince fans in general) - 2 of which were seeing Prince for the first time! (WOW!)

Sadly whilst in the queue for 3 hours together, we never swapped names - so to the 50p cup of tea guy, to the closet peter andre fan and her friend, to the Bread guy and the other with his wife and 3 girls at home, I was very pleased to spend that time with you and quite sad we split up at the point of entry. To the 2 who were popping their Prince cherry .....OMGoodness! I hope you had a funky time!

When I was eventually inked up I wore the badge of 866 so sadly my early 610 had been usurped by i guess a few queue jumpers, but that isnt a dig, as I was told that I was definitely in, so was just happy about that.

Getting in was a little stressful ..... the closest thing to experience what a sheep does as we were herded into various openings and barked at to pay the lady!

Amazing that from £70 it was reduced to £10 - (bought a T-shirt with the extra saved) and even Prince asked us all how much we paid? and then later suggesting we wanted a lot for our "$10..." Hilarious.

Although this is now reading like a review - sorry, I just wanted to thank those in the queue that suffered me for 3 hours, to the people i stood behind and sang my heart out to every song - to the guy I high fived all the time when he played a track we didnt expect (Colonized Mind / Endorphinmachine etc) To the lovely couple I shared a drink with right at the end before heading off and the 2 guys I chatted to on the tube.

Being on my own never felt so unlonely. Everyone I encountered was friendly, warming and engaging. I respected Princes request for no photos etc, so cant share any, but save to say, as a battled hardened Prince fan, that was truly THE best gig I've ever bourne witness to.

If ever Prince lost his mojo............he has certainly re-discovered it. 3rd eye girl rocked it and he seems to be re-energsied by them.

We all know what we get from Prince at a gig/concert. He owns the stage, you and everything in and on it for the duration. You cant help but become submissive. Resistance is futile.

But, with 6 (i think) Encores, with such energy and verve, with some many songs, to see him take the bass and funk it, to be teased with so many one or two bars of various song as he played the piano.........

He was cheeky, funny, serious, engaging, playful........he was Amazing! Breathtaking, awe inspiring and i guess what I am trying to say (badly) is there isnt enough superlatives to describe what i was a part of last night.

As came through my door at 1.15am (still humming dreamer/bambi) I fell onto my sofa with the widest, biggest, cheesiest smile on my face. Prince, thank you. Thank you for a performance which now sets a bar i couldnt think could get any higher, higher.

Blown away was i over it all, it was hard to comprehend what i had just witnessed and all for a tenner.

I am not a regular poster to the forum although i do enjoy logging in daily and reading posts.

Many orgers have commented on last night more eloquently than me, have provided blow by blow accounts, set lists and even pictures. I offer nothing more than my small (now review).

Those contemplating travelling for the next one, do so. Who knows if he will announce a "proper" tour, but to my fellow "friends" made last night, i was privileged to have briefly met you and to share such a wondrous experience.

Rejoice with me, There are no kings in this world, only princes!

Im off to set up a twitter account.

Thank you for reading, im sorry it went on and on!

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