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Atlanta, Georgia - USA - Piano & A Microphone - April 14 - 10:00 pm - Show 2


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Reply #1 posted 04/14/16 10:58pm

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Sweet shows. I went to both and difficult to separate them perfectly in my mind, but they were very different overall. But I'll just post this review in both threads.

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I hadn't seen Prince since the last time he played Atlanta, I think, so maybe 10 years? I'm not really sure but it's been a long, long while. I've seen him about 35 times overall, but half of those were on Lovesexy Tour. But anyway, I was pumped for this show and bummed that I missed MPLS a few months ago. This didn't make up for that mistake, but made me feel a little better (maybe).

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For those getting tickets for future shows, here's a MAJOR tip. The piano faces to the left of the stage (from audience point of view). I had orchestra pit seats for both shows, but first show was on the far right and and I ended up looking at the back of Prince's head for most of the show. He would turn his head some and he walked around a bit, but his big fro blocked most of his face during most of it. So always go for a seat in the middle to the left side if you are going to be up front or even in the first 20or 30 rows I would say.

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The excitement started while waiting in line to be let in the venue and suddenly hear sirens and police motorcycles go by trailed by 3 or 4 black SUVs. People start to yell and Prince is waving to everyone out the window. I didn't get a good glimpse at him but could see his hand and his fro...but was exciting.

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Both shows had a lot of piano jams...I am glad P didn't just pack the shows with "the hits" and seemed to pick some more obscure songs that he would enjoy playing and also just play around on the piano a bit. I didn't recognize a couple of songs, which means must be from his latest album or unreleased or just him improvising.

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Before the show started, one of his people came out and put an Ipad on the piano and during the show, you would see him swiping that to get to the lyrics of whatever song he wanted to do next. It was laying flat on the top of the piano, so you couldn't really see it.

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And I can't describe his outfit much, but he did have these white shoes with heels, but the heels were clear and there were multicolored lights in there that would go off when he moved his foot moved and hit the ground. He kept his vest/jacket on the entire first show but took it off during the second and just had a long sleeve shirt under it...nothing that memorable but I think it's in some of the pics in the tourbook.

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Ok will try to remember some of the setlist. Forgive me with what is incomplete, but I'll do the best I can:

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The main songs he did in both shows were:

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Little Red Corvette/Dirty Mind medley

I Would Die 4 U / Baby I'm a Star (long jam)

Nothing Compares 2 U

Diamonds and Pearls (just a snippet)

Peanuts (Charlie Brown) song...the one from https://www.youtube.com/w...QybajU2GNk

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In the first show, he did

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Controversy (great jam)

Joy in Repetition

Adore

Pop Life

Black Sweat

Elephants and Flowers

Never Take the Place of your Man

U Got the Look

Muse 2 the Pharoah

The Most Beautiful Girl in the World

A Case of U(very intense). He walked off the stage afterwards and came back and said something like he forgets how these songs can affect him. .. He said "Get it together, Prince".

Kiss

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And one point he says "Let me tell you about myself. I'm from Minneapolis and my father taught me how to play piano. He couldn't sing, but would do this.". (heavily paraphrased) and started to make some funky gutteral sounds into the mic while playing a funky jam on the piano. I thought the show would have more autobiographical content but that was it.

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2nd show:

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Opened with

When Will We Be Paid

The Max

Black Sweat

Ballad of Dorothy Parker

Muse to the Pharoah

Cream

If I was your Girlfriend

Dark (great emotional version)

I Love you but I can't trust you anymore

Sometimes it snows in April

How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore

ended with medley of Purple Rain with Beautiful Ones in there and something else I forget.

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So many highlights, but at during one jam, he started talking about "make that funky face...Make me look like Edward G Robinson".

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He apologized at the start of both of the shows for having to cancel. He said "I was under the weather...but I'm here now"..

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He talked a lot about relationships and referenced the movie, "The Way We Were" and then there was a big picture of Robert Redford and Barbara Streisand on the screen. He said that he breaks up with her in the movie and she calls him, because he's her only friend. That tied in with If I Was Your Girlfriend.

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But he did do a lot of sad, heartbreak type songs and he even said at one point "Ok got that out of my system" after doing 2 or 3 of them in a row.

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At one point, he referenced Dr Fink in an unusual way. He was saying something about the piano while playing a funk groove and said something like "What...Fink.. What doo you mean F I N K? No it's F U N K for funk." Very poor paraphrasing of this, but he said "Fink" about 3 times and mabye was saying he didn't need him because he could play the keyboard/piano himself or was an odd tribute to Dr. Fink. I dunno, but was definitely notable and he didn't mention any other band members in either show.

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And during How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore, he was saying "why don't you call me. I don't call you because that deep voiced brother answers..the one with the big shoes under the bed. I don't want to fight. Little guys run...and come back with someone." (again heavily paraphrased but was funny).

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The Atlanta crowd gave Prince a lot of love...you could tell the house was packed with hardcore fans. The higher ticket prices probably help ensure this. But Prince seemed to enjoy the adoration and seemed genuinely touched and appreciative of it. Maybe when he doesn't do shows every night, the ones he does do are more special...or I could be projecting but that was my take on it.

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Also near the end of both shows, Prince walked along the front of the stage and grabbed a lot of hands of people in the front rows. I could have reached and probably done it, but didn't and now thinking I should have but no big deal.

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There was a good amount of tour merchandise. T-shirts, mugs, tote bags, posters programs. The program is really nice. I'm sure some will be on ebay soon, if not already from Oakland. On the back of the tour program, it says "IN LOVING MEMORY OF JOHN L NELSON PKA PRINCE ROGERS 4 ALL HE TOUGHT HIS MUSICAL SON."

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Ok I know I'm forgetting a lot, and could say a lot more but that will have to do for now. But so, so good sharing a room with Prince and feeling all that positive energy and love in the room. I may have to fly and see him if he does another US city if I can get good tix and it's some place I want to visit. This is special tour for sure and get to a show if you can.

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[Edited 4/14/16 23:40pm]

[Edited 4/14/16 23:43pm]

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Reply #2 posted 04/14/16 11:25pm

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^^awesome review smile

sounded like, if anything, being under the weather had a positive influenz on his voice -- best as i've ever heard it! Felt like i was in Prince's living room. i had a weird time warp moment during 'the max' because my first prince concert was there at the fox for the symbol tour, and hearing that jangly piano melody again in the same room really brought me back to that memory.

I liked how during 'cream' he told every1 2 go sing this song in the mirror.

Some1 remind me which song, the whole room was seriously trapped in this groove, and prince was like "how are we gonna get out of this groove??" and it went on and on, and finally he played "shave and a hair cut" and got out of it smile the "peanuts" theme was a big hit, had people laughing.

The visuals were cool, like hey, i remember that tweet! memories.

i hope any1 who missed these shows will get to be in an equally awesome show soon.

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Reply #3 posted 04/15/16 12:47am

kok

PURplEMaPLeSyrup said:

^^awesome review smile

sounded like, if anything, being under the weather had a positive influenz on his voice -- best as i've ever heard it! Felt like i was in Prince's living room. i had a weird time warp moment during 'the max' because my first prince concert was there at the fox for the symbol tour, and hearing that jangly piano melody again in the same room really brought me back to that memory.

I liked how during 'cream' he told every1 2 go sing this song in the mirror.

Some1 remind me which song, the whole room was seriously trapped in this groove, and prince was like "how are we gonna get out of this groove??" and it went on and on, and finally he played "shave and a hair cut" and got out of it smile the "peanuts" theme was a big hit, had people laughing.

The visuals were cool, like hey, i remember that tweet! memories.

i hope any1 who missed these shows will get to be in an equally awesome show soon.

Thank you for sharing. I love all the little nuances and idiosyncrasies that everyone shares from their concert experience the paint such a vivid picture. Thank you for sharing your incredible Prince moment in time. I absolutely adore the personal touches and intimacy of these concerts sun


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Was I what U wanted me 2 B?

If it's not alright...it will B
Because...even when I lose...I win
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Reply #4 posted 04/15/16 12:55am

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PURplEMaPLeSyrup said:

^^awesome review smile

sounded like, if anything, being under the weather had a positive influenz on his voice -- best as i've ever heard it! Felt like i was in Prince's living room. i had a weird time warp moment during 'the max' because my first prince concert was there at the fox for the symbol tour, and hearing that jangly piano melody again in the same room really brought me back to that memory.

I liked how during 'cream' he told every1 2 go sing this song in the mirror.

Some1 remind me which song, the whole room was seriously trapped in this groove, and prince was like "how are we gonna get out of this groove??" and it went on and on, and finally he played "shave and a hair cut" and got out of it smile the "peanuts" theme was a big hit, had people laughing.

The visuals were cool, like hey, i remember that tweet! memories.

i hope any1 who missed these shows will get to be in an equally awesome show soon.

Good question and I can't remember which song it was when he said "how we gonna get out of this groove"? That was definitely a cool moment. And yes the show was so intimate with Prince just on the piano and not a bunch of band members, etc, up there as well. Those shows are great too but this was something different and very special.

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Here's another good review:

http://funkatopia.com/fun...e-atlanta/

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Reply #5 posted 04/15/16 3:55am

vladimir

In Melbourne he wound up one long number with "shave and a haircut" (and I laughed out loud) and my brother who was with me reminded me later that was "Raspberry Beret", so maybe it was the same here?

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Reply #6 posted 04/15/16 5:01am

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kok said:



PURplEMaPLeSyrup said:


^^awesome review smile



sounded like, if anything, being under the weather had a positive influenz on his voice -- best as i've ever heard it! Felt like i was in Prince's living room. i had a weird time warp moment during 'the max' because my first prince concert was there at the fox for the symbol tour, and hearing that jangly piano melody again in the same room really brought me back to that memory.



I liked how during 'cream' he told every1 2 go sing this song in the mirror.



Some1 remind me which song, the whole room was seriously trapped in this groove, and prince was like "how are we gonna get out of this groove??" and it went on and on, and finally he played "shave and a hair cut" and got out of it smile the "peanuts" theme was a big hit, had people laughing.



The visuals were cool, like hey, i remember that tweet! memories.




i hope any1 who missed these shows will get to be in an equally awesome show soon.




Thank you for sharing. I love all the little nuances and idiosyncrasies that everyone shares from their concert experience the paint such a vivid picture. Thank you for sharing your incredible Prince moment in time. I absolutely adore the personal touches and intimacy of these concerts sun




Show you right, So True, I feel the same way!
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Reply #7 posted 04/15/16 9:47am

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I read that he played a song called Welcome 2 the freedom galaxy at the end of show 2, is that a new song?
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Reply #8 posted 04/15/16 11:15am

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For Anybody that was there, How did WWWBP Sound???

2nd show:

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Opened with

When Will We Be Paid

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Reply #9 posted 04/15/16 12:05pm

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I read that he played a song called Welcome 2 the freedom galaxy at the end of show 2, is that a new song?

No, it's called purple music
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Reply #10 posted 04/15/16 12:53pm

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Astasheiks said:

For Anybody that was there, How did WWWBP Sound???

2nd show:

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Opened with

When Will We Be Paid

It sounded excellent. I was never a big fan of that song and pretty much had forgotten it, but he did such a powerful, emotional version of it that now I like the song.

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antonb said:

MIRvmn said:

I read that he played a song called Welcome 2 the freedom galaxy at the end of show 2, is that a new song?

No, it's called purple music

ok cuz someone posted a picture of the set list on Facebook and the songs name was Welcome 2 the freedom Galaxy
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Reply #12 posted 04/15/16 2:10pm

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Probably cus they didnt know the song, its an old prince song called Purple Music.Lasts about 10mins.

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Reply #13 posted 04/15/16 3:04pm

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Highlights from this show (for me):

Black Muse

Purple Rain

When Will We B Paid

And to top off an incredible night of music, I GOT TO SHAKE THE MAN'S HAND!!

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vladimir said:

In Melbourne he wound up one long number with "shave and a haircut" (and I laughed out loud) and my brother who was with me reminded me later that was "Raspberry Beret", so maybe it was the same here?

i think it was a different song this time...hmmm I was trying to figure out why and all i could come up with is from "who framed roger rabbit", that's the magic song that was used to control toons, so in this case to control 'tunes', lol but i guess thats a stretch?

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Reply #15 posted 04/16/16 6:57am

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In between the two shows, I stepped out to my car because I needed to let that experience sink in. Prince, and only Prince, on stage keeping that groove moving. There is no way he could top that show. It was divine, inspired, humbling. But there was more to come and I wondered whether it would be as fabulous as the first show.

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I decided to take my phone in this time, to get some pictures of the venue, the fans, Fox Theatre, and the stage. I also wanted to get a picture of a young girl, Sara, that I had met on twitter and had tried to help her get tickets for the 7th. If she had not been able to get a ticket, I was going to give her one of mine for the show. I had already purchased a couple of programs for 2 people overseas, who were not able to get them. All very sweet people, that offered to pay, but when you have what you need, the rest is excess and should be shared with others. I didn’t need to see Prince twice in one night, though I wanted to, and there is the difference; and my bills are paid and I have everything else I need, all the rest is excess (perhaps that’s why I’m working 2 jobs – hmmm). At work the day after the show, everyone was teasing me about always being the social worker, even when I’m heading out for a night of entertainment.

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Walking back to the venue, I pondered this second show. What could Prince do to top that first show? I couldn’t imagine anything being greater than what I had already experienced that night. But Prince wasn’t done with Atlanta. He was determined to give us the best possible experience, whichever show we attended. And he did.

This time I was in the orchestra section, not in the balcony, and much closer to the stage. I was also sitting to the left, where I would be facing Prince, rather than seeing him from behind on the right as I did on the right side of the theatre. The appearance of Prince began similarly to the first show, so I knew what to expect when the artwork of Prince with the 3rd eye wide open appeared. It was still as breath-taking as the first time, seeing this fade away to all the incarnations of Prince over the year. I had a thought last night, that Prince has come full circle. When he began his career, he had an afro, just as he does now. It is all a cycle, and it seems that Prince is feeling this cycle. The honoring of his father, John L. Nelson, the writing of his memoirs, life cycles. Prince had worn his moon shirt, the waxing and waning of the moon. These incarnations of Prince through the years, reminded me of cycles, the changes we all go through as we mature, but we always come back home.

In the Groove

Having seen the earlier show, the silhouette of Prince backlit on stage, still brought me to my feet, and once again, the crowd roared. Prince apologized again for having cancelled the previous week’s show and he was forgiven. This time, the kaleidoscope of colors behind Prince also showed images interspersed throughout. It changed to a pair of bound hands and Prince began this show off with “When Will B Paid?” Everyone jumped to their feet when he began. This emotional context of the song, the energy from Prince, the intensity with which he played that piano through this song, there are really no words to describe it. I didn’t think Prince could bring me to tears again, but he did. This was one of those performances that I felt in my gut. The power with which he performed this song … No words.

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He then moved on to “To The Max” and I realized this show was going to be much more intense than the earlier show had been, more powerful. There was an energy coming from Prince, an energy that exuded strength and certainty. This man had come to move mountains, change the world, and his performance during this show was strong enough to grab the world and change its flow. “To The Max” was superbly done, the Max was definitely in control. Then he took us back to that space which is Funk, before leading us into “Girl”.

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Being in a different section of the theatre this time, and sitting where I could see his facial expressions, the new crowd with their energy, brought me to a completely different level. When he began to play “I Would Die 4 U”, it felt different from the time before. Everything about this show was electrifying, energy. The next song cued was “Baby, I’m A Star”. Everyone screamed. His facial expressions added to the experience this time. Where before, I could focus upon the grace of his hands on the piano keys, this time, I could focus upon him. After “I Would Die 4 U”, he shared an anecdote, about Doctor Fink, and the conversation that possibly took place when Fink chose his name. “You’re going to take the “U” out and put in an “I”? What? An “I” instead of an “U”? Fink, not Funk? It’s Funk!” (Paraphrased from memory). He had everyone laughing and enjoying themselves immensely.

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“The Ballad of Dorothy Parker” brought us back. Beautiful rendition of this song, before Prince went “Dark”. This portion of the show he reminded us of our past hurts, our heart breaks, our past relationships. As relationships, too, cycle, it seemed very appropriate when he moved into “Indifference”. We fall in love, we make love, the relationship goes through its cycles and our lover ends us, leaving us alone in the dark and with our pain, and when we come around that ex, we express indifference when actually, what we might feel is “I Love U, but I Don’t Trust U Anymore”. I love the grace of this song, and Prince really sang this song with a passion that overwhelmed me (having recently gone through a divorce myself – he brought me to tears as I felt that pain). But he picked me right back up and moved into that mix of “Little Red Corvette / Dirty Mind”. I’m really impressed with this mix, as it seems to flow so beautifully between the two songs and back again. The segues between the songs just so seamless and sublime. Prince showed that he is a master of his craft.

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Prince, being ever playful, once again performed the ” Linus & Lucy (Vince Guaraldi cover)”. One thought that occurred to me this time was the love and adoration Lucy from Charlie Brown, always had for Linus, and it seemed to fit this theme that focused on relationships, the power and beauty of relationship, the pain of the endings, the cycle of those relationships, that wax and wane. I think we were Lucy this night, and Prince was Linus, because we were definitely adoring him. So, what is Lucy’s thought on Linus? “Nothing Compares 2 U”. That ending of one relationship, the adoration of the next, cycles. This song made me fold my hands in prayer thanking Him for gracing us with such a presence as Prince. It truly did. Prince left the stage after this and the crowd roared for his return, and return he did.

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“Cream” was up next and the crowd sang loudly with him. This was my first time seeing this song live. “Black Muse” followed and I fell in love with this song. Prince is a master artist, and he showed us what he could do with his craft. I think the highlight of the night for me was the groove he got us on with “How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore?” He had the audience singing out “How come u don’t call me?” And teased us by saying he knew why he didn’t call, because of that deep voice that would answer the phone with the big shoes under the bed and how little guys don’t like to fight, they run away. We got in a groove with the call and the response, “Why don’t you call me?” that seemed to keep going on and on, and Prince finally said, “How are we going to get out of this groove?” (again, any quotes are paraphrased from memory) He finally found an out for the groove and it was perfect, “Shave and a Hair Cut”. The crowd laughed and roared for more, but Prince left the stage again. This time, the roar for his return was louder than it had been in either show. We were amped up, the energy was flowing, and the crowd was not ready to leave yet. Neither was Prince.

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He came back and talked about the instability on the planet, how he doesn’t understand it, and how are we going to end it. Questions I’ve wondered myself. After talking about this, he performed a very beautiful cover of Bob Marley’s “Wait in Vain”. It was perfectly placed after what he had discussed because the world can’t wait in vain for our love. He followed that up with “If I was Ur Girlfriend” and the crowd went wild again. He talked about relationships and discussed the movie “The Way We Were” and how in the movie Robert Redford’s character breaks up with Barbara Streisand, but how when she needed someone to talk to, she’d go talk with Robert’s character, because he was her only friend. He left after this, once again, before coming back to sing “Tracy’s Parade” and a medley of Purple Rain / and other songs. I’m sorry I don’t remember what all the medley contained, as I was drawn toward the stage, mesmerized. I wanted to see him up closer, to see his eyes. He did look tired by this time and I knew the show would be over after this. The crowd were on their feet throughout this medley, in homage to Prince, because no one else can get you in a groove like this, keep you there, and bring you home all at once, but Prince.

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antonb said:

Probably cus they didnt know the song, its an old prince song called Purple Music.Lasts about 10mins.

I know the song Purple Music well and I don't remember him playing it at the Atlanta shows...certainly not with any lyrics. Maybe the groove was similar but I don't think it was the same.

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prittypriss said:

https://onevoice4peace.co...he-groove/

In between the two shows, I stepped out to my car because I needed to let that experience sink in. Prince, and only Prince, on stage keeping that groove moving. There is no way he could top that show. It was divine, inspired, humbling. But there was more to come and I wondered whether it would be as fabulous as the first show.

.

I decided to take my phone in this time, to get some pictures of the venue, the fans, Fox Theatre, and the stage. I also wanted to get a picture of a young girl, Sara, that I had met on twitter and had tried to help her get tickets for the 7th. If she had not been able to get a ticket, I was going to give her one of mine for the show. I had already purchased a couple of programs for 2 people overseas, who were not able to get them. All very sweet people, that offered to pay, but when you have what you need, the rest is excess and should be shared with others. I didn’t need to see Prince twice in one night, though I wanted to, and there is the difference; and my bills are paid and I have everything else I need, all the rest is excess (perhaps that’s why I’m working 2 jobs – hmmm). At work the day after the show, everyone was teasing me about always being the social worker, even when I’m heading out for a night of entertainment.

.

Walking back to the venue, I pondered this second show. What could Prince do to top that first show? I couldn’t imagine anything being greater than what I had already experienced that night. But Prince wasn’t done with Atlanta. He was determined to give us the best possible experience, whichever show we attended. And he did.

This time I was in the orchestra section, not in the balcony, and much closer to the stage. I was also sitting to the left, where I would be facing Prince, rather than seeing him from behind on the right as I did on the right side of the theatre. The appearance of Prince began similarly to the first show, so I knew what to expect when the artwork of Prince with the 3rd eye wide open appeared. It was still as breath-taking as the first time, seeing this fade away to all the incarnations of Prince over the year. I had a thought last night, that Prince has come full circle. When he began his career, he had an afro, just as he does now. It is all a cycle, and it seems that Prince is feeling this cycle. The honoring of his father, John L. Nelson, the writing of his memoirs, life cycles. Prince had worn his moon shirt, the waxing and waning of the moon. These incarnations of Prince through the years, reminded me of cycles, the changes we all go through as we mature, but we always come back home.

In the Groove

Having seen the earlier show, the silhouette of Prince backlit on stage, still brought me to my feet, and once again, the crowd roared. Prince apologized again for having cancelled the previous week’s show and he was forgiven. This time, the kaleidoscope of colors behind Prince also showed images interspersed throughout. It changed to a pair of bound hands and Prince began this show off with “When Will B Paid?” Everyone jumped to their feet when he began. This emotional context of the song, the energy from Prince, the intensity with which he played that piano through this song, there are really no words to describe it. I didn’t think Prince could bring me to tears again, but he did. This was one of those performances that I felt in my gut. The power with which he performed this song … No words.

.

He then moved on to “To The Max” and I realized this show was going to be much more intense than the earlier show had been, more powerful. There was an energy coming from Prince, an energy that exuded strength and certainty. This man had come to move mountains, change the world, and his performance during this show was strong enough to grab the world and change its flow. “To The Max” was superbly done, the Max was definitely in control. Then he took us back to that space which is Funk, before leading us into “Girl”.

.

Being in a different section of the theatre this time, and sitting where I could see his facial expressions, the new crowd with their energy, brought me to a completely different level. When he began to play “I Would Die 4 U”, it felt different from the time before. Everything about this show was electrifying, energy. The next song cued was “Baby, I’m A Star”. Everyone screamed. His facial expressions added to the experience this time. Where before, I could focus upon the grace of his hands on the piano keys, this time, I could focus upon him. After “I Would Die 4 U”, he shared an anecdote, about Doctor Fink, and the conversation that possibly took place when Fink chose his name. “You’re going to take the “U” out and put in an “I”? What? An “I” instead of an “U”? Fink, not Funk? It’s Funk!” (Paraphrased from memory). He had everyone laughing and enjoying themselves immensely.

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“The Ballad of Dorothy Parker” brought us back. Beautiful rendition of this song, before Prince went “Dark”. This portion of the show he reminded us of our past hurts, our heart breaks, our past relationships. As relationships, too, cycle, it seemed very appropriate when he moved into “Indifference”. We fall in love, we make love, the relationship goes through its cycles and our lover ends us, leaving us alone in the dark and with our pain, and when we come around that ex, we express indifference when actually, what we might feel is “I Love U, but I Don’t Trust U Anymore”. I love the grace of this song, and Prince really sang this song with a passion that overwhelmed me (having recently gone through a divorce myself – he brought me to tears as I felt that pain). But he picked me right back up and moved into that mix of “Little Red Corvette / Dirty Mind”. I’m really impressed with this mix, as it seems to flow so beautifully between the two songs and back again. The segues between the songs just so seamless and sublime. Prince showed that he is a master of his craft.

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Prince, being ever playful, once again performed the ” Linus & Lucy (Vince Guaraldi cover)”. One thought that occurred to me this time was the love and adoration Lucy from Charlie Brown, always had for Linus, and it seemed to fit this theme that focused on relationships, the power and beauty of relationship, the pain of the endings, the cycle of those relationships, that wax and wane. I think we were Lucy this night, and Prince was Linus, because we were definitely adoring him. So, what is Lucy’s thought on Linus? “Nothing Compares 2 U”. That ending of one relationship, the adoration of the next, cycles. This song made me fold my hands in prayer thanking Him for gracing us with such a presence as Prince. It truly did. Prince left the stage after this and the crowd roared for his return, and return he did.

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“Cream” was up next and the crowd sang loudly with him. This was my first time seeing this song live. “Black Muse” followed and I fell in love with this song. Prince is a master artist, and he showed us what he could do with his craft. I think the highlight of the night for me was the groove he got us on with “How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore?” He had the audience singing out “How come u don’t call me?” And teased us by saying he knew why he didn’t call, because of that deep voice that would answer the phone with the big shoes under the bed and how little guys don’t like to fight, they run away. We got in a groove with the call and the response, “Why don’t you call me?” that seemed to keep going on and on, and Prince finally said, “How are we going to get out of this groove?” (again, any quotes are paraphrased from memory) He finally found an out for the groove and it was perfect, “Shave and a Hair Cut”. The crowd laughed and roared for more, but Prince left the stage again. This time, the roar for his return was louder than it had been in either show. We were amped up, the energy was flowing, and the crowd was not ready to leave yet. Neither was Prince.

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He came back and talked about the instability on the planet, how he doesn’t understand it, and how are we going to end it. Questions I’ve wondered myself. After talking about this, he performed a very beautiful cover of Bob Marley’s “Wait in Vain”. It was perfectly placed after what he had discussed because the world can’t wait in vain for our love. He followed that up with “If I was Ur Girlfriend” and the crowd went wild again. He talked about relationships and discussed the movie “The Way We Were” and how in the movie Robert Redford’s character breaks up with Barbara Streisand, but how when she needed someone to talk to, she’d go talk with Robert’s character, because he was her only friend. He left after this, once again, before coming back to sing “Tracy’s Parade” and a medley of Purple Rain / and other songs. I’m sorry I don’t remember what all the medley contained, as I was drawn toward the stage, mesmerized. I wanted to see him up closer, to see his eyes. He did look tired by this time and I knew the show would be over after this. The crowd were on their feet throughout this medley, in homage to Prince, because no one else can get you in a groove like this, keep you there, and bring you home all at once, but Prince.

Lovely review. You and I had the exact same experience with being on the right side first show and left side second show. It did make a big difference to see his face, of course, but the first show was also very special. But your review brought back some great memories that I had forgotten....thanks for sharing.

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Reply #18 posted 04/17/16 12:12am

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Thanks for all of that, prettypriss. I had a terrible time driving to the 6.30pm show in Melbourne - traffic is the same the world over - but it was worth it when it was all over to be able to drive home alone. I needed and valued some time to myself, away from public transport and people who hadn't been through what I just had.

Only another fan who has seen one of these shows would understand.

We're the lucky ones.

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Reply #19 posted 04/17/16 9:36am

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FunkiestOne said:

prittypriss said:

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Lovely review. You and I had the exact same experience with being on the right side first show and left side second show. It did make a big difference to see his face, of course, but the first show was also very special. But your review brought back some great memories that I had forgotten....thanks for sharing.

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Thanks! Just a feeling about the entire night, 2 shows, that there are no words for.

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Reply #20 posted 04/17/16 9:40am

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vladimir said:

Thanks for all of that, prettypriss. I had a terrible time driving to the 6.30pm show in Melbourne - traffic is the same the world over - but it was worth it when it was all over to be able to drive home alone. I needed and valued some time to myself, away from public transport and people who hadn't been through what I just had.

Only another fan who has seen one of these shows would understand.

We're the lucky ones.

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Yes, I couldn't believe the traffic, but you are right, it is the same the world over.

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After the 2nd show, I had to drive back towards home, stop at a hotel in the town where I was working the next day - a 2 hour drive. I agree. I needed that time away from people, away from distractions, to let the entire just soak in. It's an experience, in the moment, but sometimes we have to take time to savor that experience, to fully digest it.

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This wasn't like any other Prince concert I had seen.

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We are the lucky ones. I don't know that even a CD will capture the pure magic of that night, but I'm looking forward to the release of the CD to always have that night with me.

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Reply #21 posted 04/17/16 12:32pm

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Fabulous report again and it's so nice to read how fans feel such a moving experience. You captured it perfectly. Thanks for sharing.
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Reply #22 posted 04/18/16 3:27pm

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This article has some pics and video from ATL shows:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3545050/Prince-makes-surprise-appearance-dance-event-prove-s-alive-hours-rushed-hospital.html

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Reply #23 posted 04/18/16 6:46pm

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was any1 else especially wowed by one of prince's screams during how come u dont call me anymore? many of the audience were mirroring his familiar vocals from the recorded version, then prince raised the bar and suprised us by producing this superscream that seemed to propel him backstage momentarily smile maybe its too sacred 4 a recording, but hope it can make the cut 4 the alive albim wink

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Reply #24 posted 04/18/16 10:52pm

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I really do hope that he follows through this time with his plan to release a live CD of this show...

"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 #25 posted 04/23/16 7:24am

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Did he play a new song at the end of this show or the first show? I remember seeing a new song on the set list. Please describe.
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Reply #26 posted 04/23/16 8:13am

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donnyenglish said:

Did he play a new song at the end of this show or the first show? I remember seeing a new song on the set list. Please describe.


Neither

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Reply #27 posted 04/23/16 10:17pm

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so what was the last song he played live? do we know defintitively???

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Reply #28 posted 04/24/16 1:17am

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Purple Rain was the last song played at the second Atlanta show.

(He played very briefly on keyboard at the After Party at Paisley Park)

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