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Melbourne, AUS - Piano and Microphone - February 16 - 10:00 pm Show 2

Melbourne State Theatre on February 16


Please post your show reviews here.

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Reply #1 posted 02/16/16 5:41am

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It was amazing.

Did songs I'd never seen before, notably, The Love We Make, Paisley Park and The Ladder.

Dedicated a Red Corvette / Dirty Mind mash up to Vanity.

Very funny in parts (Batman/Wizard of Oz story), however, also quite sad too (Dad stories / Vanity)

Best version of Beautiful Ones I've ever heard, did a beautiful Waiting in Vain (Marley) / If I Was Ure Girlfriend mash up too.

Bit overcome with it all at the mo' to remember any more, was an incredible night.

Without doubt my favourite Prince experience ever.

Apologies for the term Mash Up too haha can't think of another way to describe it atm.

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Reply #2 posted 02/16/16 6:06am

Eyasha

A very powerful performance on so many levels. Emotionally affecting but also so masterful in the way he moved from reflective pieces to the crowd pleasers. I love the way he continually reinvented his own work - changing the occasional word, tone or the point of view. Delivering such an intimate performance in the vast and grand State Theatre was extraordinary.

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Reply #3 posted 02/16/16 12:56pm

JoeyCococo

Eyasha said:

A very powerful performance on so many levels. Emotionally affecting but also so masterful in the way he moved from reflective pieces to the crowd pleasers. I love the way he continually reinvented his own work - changing the occasional word, tone or the point of view. Delivering such an intimate performance in the vast and grand State Theatre was extraordinary.

It is about time he did this! He is so talented and this so long awaited. I have heard ONLY great reviews. I think he has to make this a Blue Ray release.

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Reply #4 posted 02/16/16 2:11pm

PRNelson

Surprised many of the dir hards didnt realise he was playing 'an honest man' at the end of the 'little red corvette/dirtymind' performance.
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Reply #5 posted 02/16/16 2:16pm

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PRNelson said:

Surprised many of the dir hards didnt realise he was playing 'an honest man' at the end of the 'little red corvette/dirtymind' performance.

didn't notice to be honest, dont really know that track either...

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Reply #6 posted 02/16/16 2:23pm

paulludvig

PRNelson said:

Surprised many of the dir hards didnt realise he was playing 'an honest man' at the end of the 'little red corvette/dirtymind' performance.

Not sure ut was 'an honest man', but a beautiful instrumental nevertheless.

The wooh is on the one!
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Reply #7 posted 02/16/16 2:27pm

PRNelson

paulludvig said:



PRNelson said:


Surprised many of the dir hards didnt realise he was playing 'an honest man' at the end of the 'little red corvette/dirtymind' performance.

Not sure ut was 'an honest man', but a beautiful instrumental nevertheless.



Listen again. Confident it was.
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Reply #8 posted 02/16/16 2:38pm

Adorecream

Sounds like he is playing some great songs so far. Am worried that Vanity's death is going to bring him down though. Can't understand why, she was over 30 years ago and they had not talked in years.

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"Got down with Vanity, I was her teacher, it went too far, now she's a preacher"

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Reply #9 posted 02/16/16 2:52pm

NorthC

Adorecream said:

Sounds like he is playing some great songs so far. Am worried that Vanity's death is going to bring him down though. Can't understand why, she was over 30 years ago and they had not talked in years.


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"Got down with Vanity, I was her teacher, it went too far, now she's a preacher"


Think of it like this: they were lovers and they're the same age. So Vanity/Denise died and Prince is still alive. This must have made him think back about the time they had together. And when something like this happens, it just hits you in the face how fragile life really is.
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Reply #10 posted 02/16/16 2:54pm

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also dont think anybody mentioned him singing Ruff Enuff at the beginning.

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Reply #11 posted 02/16/16 3:18pm

PRNelson

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also dont think anybody mentioned him singing Ruff Enuff at the beginning.



And incorporated elements of Aretha's 'Think' it in it too.
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Reply #12 posted 02/16/16 3:20pm

daddymac

HEY YO

OK a couple of things.

- Words cannot describe how great Prince was last night.

- Merchendise was over priced and no tourbook

- Some gorgeous females at the concert

- Even though the show was short (Show 2 approx 1:15 - 1:20) it felt like 2 hours.

Guys if you are going to see him tonight and in the other venues you are in for a real treat. We are very blessed to see Prince in this intimate setting.

I thought front row centre in 2003 at Rod Laver was the best concert I will ever get a chance to see. Its been topped by last nights show.

Found a review link on The Age today

http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/music/prince-melbourne-review-five-stars-for-the-most-intimate-australian-show-of-his-career-20160216-gmvvci.html

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Reply #13 posted 02/16/16 4:06pm

daddymac

HEY YO

Guys whats going on here?

Before the concert everyone was posting about tickets and seating and how they are so excited.

And after the gigs everyone has gone silent?

Come on peeps post some experiences!!!

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Reply #14 posted 02/16/16 4:22pm

Gennibean

The reviews are making me so happy! My friend went to both shows last night and said it was the best.

Saw a bootleg/video of the start online already. sad Tempted, but don't want to watch. Going to make it all a surprise.

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Reply #15 posted 02/16/16 5:44pm

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PRNelson said:

paulludvig said:

Not sure ut was 'an honest man', but a beautiful instrumental nevertheless.

Listen again. Confident it was.

Don't recall hearing An Honest Man, but he did play With You whcih no one has mentioned yet. wink

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Reply #16 posted 02/16/16 7:30pm

Eyasha

Another positive review, this time from the Daily Review

http://dailyreview.com.au...urne/37072

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Reply #17 posted 02/16/16 7:39pm

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The Love We Make
Big City Jam
Batman
Somewhere Over the rainbow intro
He apologised to the people who went to the first show as he had just heard some bad news - the next few songs are for I thought he said Bambi but maybe he said Vanity.
Little Red Corvette/Dirty Mind
Beautiful Ones
How Come You Don't Call Me Anymore
Paisley Park
Raspberry Beret
Sweet Thing
Do Me Baby
Starfish and Coffee
Waiting in Vain/If Was Ur Girlfriend
Dorothy Parker
I wanna be your lover - he sang 'I wanna be the only one you come for' biggrin
1000 Xs and Os
Black Muse
The Ladder - 'the King had a subject called Vanity'
Purple Rain - his Ooo oo oo oo part almost sounded like him crying - I've never heard him sing it like that before - it was a not a singalong part.

I'm sure I'm missing plenty and they aren't in order. Someone else can fill in gaps.
Ticket pick up was a breeze.

Smh gave it 5 stars

http://m.smh.com.au/enter...mvvci.html
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Reply #18 posted 02/16/16 8:03pm

rap

Why no offical photos??

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Reply #19 posted 02/16/16 8:04pm

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mynameisnotsusan said:

The Love We Make Big City Jam Batman Somewhere Over the rainbow intro He apologised to the people who went to the first show as he had just heard some bad news - the next few songs are for I thought he said Bambi but maybe he said Vanity. Little Red Corvette/Dirty Mind Beautiful Ones How Come You Don't Call Me Anymore Paisley Park Raspberry Beret Sweet Thing Do Me Baby Starfish and Coffee Waiting in Vain/If Was Ur Girlfriend Dorothy Parker I wanna be your lover - he sang 'I wanna be the only one you come for' biggrin 1000 Xs and Os Black Muse The Ladder - 'the King had a subject called Vanity' Purple Rain - his Ooo oo oo oo part almost sounded like him crying - I've never heard him sing it like that before - it was a not a singalong part. I'm sure I'm missing plenty and they aren't in order. Someone else can fill in gaps. Ticket pick up was a breeze. Smh gave it 5 stars http://m.smh.com.au/enter...mvvci.html

He played With You (piano only) in the first solo before LRC/DM.

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Reply #20 posted 02/16/16 8:05pm

V10LETBLUES

Wow, simply beautiful. Is it just because of the quality of the circulating paisley park shows, but the Melbourne show features beautiful synth strings throughout, but I don't remember hearing them on the paisley park shows.
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Reply #21 posted 02/16/16 8:48pm

motherfunka

V10LETBLUES said:

Wow, simply beautiful. Is it just because of the quality of the circulating paisley park shows, but the Melbourne show features beautiful synth strings throughout, but I don't remember hearing them on the paisley park shows.

The synth strings were used at the Paisley Park shows throughout too.

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Reply #22 posted 02/16/16 8:55pm

motherfunka

callimnate said:

He played With You (piano only) in the first solo before LRC/DM.

He played that at the piano part of the show in November at Paisley Park. I was so hoping he would sing it, but it was just the instrumental then too.

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Reply #23 posted 02/16/16 8:56pm

V10LETBLUES

motherfunka said:



V10LETBLUES said:


Wow, simply beautiful. Is it just because of the quality of the circulating paisley park shows, but the Melbourne show features beautiful synth strings throughout, but I don't remember hearing them on the paisley park shows.



The synth strings were used at the Paisley Park shows throughout too.



Thanks. I couldn't hear them on the noisy boot I listened to. The short clip from Melbourne is simply beautiful.
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Reply #24 posted 02/17/16 12:50am

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I knew it was going to be amazing, but I didn't know it was going to be THAT amazing.
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Reply #25 posted 02/17/16 1:01am

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Damn that opening was awesome. had know idea what to expect with this show but it flowed really well. I thought the PA system was a bit 'thin' sounding, SQ lacked a bit. Even the volume could have been higher, I was up front in stalls row M.

Highlights would be beautiful ones, do me and dorothy.

The story followed by Batman theme was a classic moment.

No lovesexy album sad

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Reply #26 posted 02/17/16 7:22am

motherfunka

V10LETBLUES said:

motherfunka said:

The synth strings were used at the Paisley Park shows throughout too.

Thanks. I couldn't hear them on the noisy boot I listened to. The short clip from Melbourne is simply beautiful.

That clip from Melbourne does sound great. A lot better than the Paisley Park boot out there.

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Reply #27 posted 02/17/16 11:47am

nudlaug

hi guys,

was the second concert really that short - 40 min?

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Reply #28 posted 02/17/16 11:58am

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nudlaug said:

hi guys,


was the second concert really that short - 40 min?



More like 80mins
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Reply #29 posted 02/17/16 8:03pm

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This might have been posted in the other show but this looks pretty accurate

http://www.news.com.au/en...34b66e578e


Australia is the first global leg of Prince’s Piano and Microphone tour.
Cameron AdamsNews Corp Australia Network
PRINCE fans have defended the grieving musician after a shorter than anticipated concert in Melbourne.

Prince played two shows at the State Theatre, one at 6.30pm, one at 10pm.

They are the first of his solo Piano and a Microphone shows in Australia, and also two of the first in the world after just two performances at Paisley Park studio in January.

Some fans who paid around $400 for tickets (and up to $1000 for VIP tickets) believed the show was going to run for at least two hours.


However the superstar musician was visibly shaken after hearing of the death of his ex-girlfriend Vanity before his first performance.

The first show went for around 80 minutes, in line with the length of his US shows in January.

The second clocked in at around 70 minutes.


Fans waited for up to 20 minutes after Prince left the stage, hoping he would return — as he had in previous tours with his full band.

Some started to boo, others were grumbling loudly about a ‘rip off’ on the way out. Someone else was heard saying “I didn’t pay $400 to hear Prince being sad.”

Others were happy he hadn’t cancelled and instead opened his heart to play a deeply personal show that would never be repeated.

A rumoured after-show concert, which Prince had tweeted about last week, also failed to occur.

No confirmed running time for the Piano and a Microphone shows had been determined. Like announcing the tour a few weeks ago, Prince operates on his own time frame.

Prince dedicated his first State Theatre show to Vanity, the intensely private star opening up about their time together in a candid manner that shocked hardcore fans

“Her and I used to love each other deeply. She loved me for the artist I was, I loved her for the artist she was trying to be. She and I would fight. She was very headstrong cos she knew she was the finest woman in the world. She never missed an opportunity to tell you that.”

He dedicated a Little Red Corvette/Dirty Mind mashup to Vanity (born Denise Matthews) as well as Purple Rain’s epic The Beautiful Ones, stating “she knows about this one.”

Prince also changed the lyrics to The Ladder to reference his ex by name.

At the second show Prince apologised to anyone who had been at the early show, claiming her death had left him “distraught”.

Genius at work: Prince in 2016
Genius at work: Prince in 2016Source:Supplied
Prince and Vanity on Rolling Stone
Prince and Vanity on Rolling StoneSource:Supplied
He again played Little Red Corvette and Dirty Mind for Vanity, as well as The Beautiful Ones and the reworked The Ladder.

Some fans had complained about not getting a ‘greatest hits’ show, despite a quick Google showing that the solo shows were more about an intimate experience for true fans.

Prince’s official Twitter page posted a picture of the State Theatre with ‘Thank U’ and retweeted some fans who sent messages of support.

Unexpectedly, there was a lot of crossover between the first and second shows, with some fans feeling Prince was a little rattled by the day’s events.

The second show did see him play snippets of Over the Rainbow (he said he learnt to play all the songs from The Wizard of Oz on piano by watching it on TV) and also early songs Do Me Baby and I Wanna Be Your Lover.

The final show got arguably his biggest hit, Purple Rain, as an encore.



No media photographers were allowed at the concert, and use of mobile phones was monitored by security guards. However some fans defied Prince’s wishes and recorded photos and videos which have been uploaded onto social media.

Prince plays two more Melbourne shows tonight before shows in Sydney and Perth.

6.30pm Prince Melbourne show setlist

Big City (from HitnRun Phase Two, 2015)

Ruff Enuff (new song)

Little Red Corvette (from 1999, 1982)

Dirty Mind (Dirty Mind, 1980)

Money Don’t Matter 2 Night (from Diamonds and Pearls, 1991)

Waiting In Vain (Bob Marley cover)

If I Was Your Girlfriend (from Sign `O The Times, 1987)

How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore (b-side 1999 single, 1982)

The Ladder (from Around The World In A Day, 1985)

1000 X’s & O’s (from HitnRun Phase One, 2015)

When She Comes (from HitnRun Phase Two, 2015)

Satisfied (from 3121, 2006)

I Love U In Me (from The Hits The B-sides, 1993)

Sometimes It Snows In April (from Parade, 1986)

Automatic (from 1999, 1982)

The Beautiful Ones (from Purple Rain, 1984)

Raspberry Beret (from Around The World In A Day, 1985)

Starfish and Coffee (from Sign O The Times, 1987)

Paisley Park (from Around The World In A Day, 1985)

Adore (from Sign O The Times, 1987)

10pm Prince Melbourne show setlist

The Love We Make (from Emancipation, 1986)

Big City (from HitnRun Phase Two, 2015)

Batman (TV theme cover)

Over The Rainbow (Judy Garland cover)

The Max (from The Symbol Album, 1992)

Little Red Corvette/Dirty Mind (from 1999, 1982/Dirty Mind, 1980)

The Beautiful Ones (from Purple Rain, 1984)

How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore (b-side 1999 single, 1982)

Sweet Thing (Chaka Khan cover)

Do Me Baby (from Controversy, 1981)

Waiting In Vain (Bob Marley cover)

If I Was You Girlfriend (from Sign O The Times, 1987)

The Ballad of Dorothy Parker (from Sign O The Times, 1987)

Four (from Madhouse album 8, 1987)

I Wanna Be Your Lover (from Prince, 1979)

1000 X’s & O’s (from HitnRun Phase One, 2015)

Black Muse (from HitnRun Phase Two, 2015)

The Ladder (from Around The World In A Day, 1985)

Raspberry Beret (from Around The World In A Day, 1985)

Starfish and Coffee (from Sign O The Times, 1987)

Paisley Park (from Around The World In A Day, 1985)

Purple Rain (from Purple Rain, 1984)
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