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Prince brings funk to town

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Prince brings funk to town
2004-04-07
By David Morris
NewsOK.com


Prince and the New Power Generation like it funky. Prince brought his latest world tour, "Musicology," to the Ford Center in downtown Oklahoma City on Tuesday night, supporting the soon to be released album of the same name.



Prince concert review

Who: Prince, with the New Power Generation.
What: "Musicology" world tour, sixth stop on tour.
When/where: 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Ford Center, Oklahoma City.
Genre: R&B, jazz, blues, pop.
Rating: A+



After an almost hour delay, the lights lowered at 8:20 p.m. The show opened with a quick video montage of Prince's greatest hits, accompanied with a replay of the lovely Alicia Keys' induction speech from late last year when Prince entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

"There are many kings, but there is only one Prince," praised Keys. "Only one man who has defied restriction, defied the obvious and all the rules of the game."

From there a funkfest commenced.

After the opening groove, the James Brown-like "Musicology" title track, Prince wasted no time getting into the stuff fans knew by heart, led by "Let's Go Crazy," and the party was on - complete with confetti streaming from the rafters.

The "Musicology" tour is rumored to feature some of the final performances of some of his classics. Yeah right. Heard that one before. Cher's Farewell Tour has played the Ford Center how many times?

Prince, 45, ripped through some of his hits, clearly wanting to showcase his new stuff and to make a point:

"I BELIEVE IN FUNKY MUSIC!" he screamed, whipping the crowd into frenzy. Then he took it a step further.

"There's been a lot of lip-syncing on this stage since I was last here," he said to cheers and laughs. "We have real music because we have real musicians."

After taking that shot at Britney and others, Prince launched into a series of songs from "Musicology." Clearly the crowd was ready to party to the oldies and barely knew the new release, a danger of going on a world tour before the CD is even released.

Prince may defy restrictions or even pronounceable names (remember the days of The Artist Formerly Known As?). But there's no getting around one fact: this cat has major talent. His blues solo midway through the show was reminiscent of Stevie Ray Vaughan, a lofty achievement in itself.

You remember the solo on "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony? Rolling Stone magazine called it "devastating." Prince gave several stunning glimpses of his talent during the live show.

The stage was a cross-shaped, simple layout in the round with the usual light show. Prince was wheeled to the stage inside an equipment box, and appeared to leave in similar manner. Not many pull off the red, glittering heels though.

Fans were delayed getting into the Ford Center due to security, but were treated to a free copy of the new "Musicology" CD.

This seems to be a trend by major artists, George Michael says his next album will be released free online. I'm sure that makes Sony happy. Prince has had label problems with Arista and Warner Bros. and is now signed with Columbia. With all the fuss over pirated music, Columbia can't be too pleased with the Artist giving away his product. But the fans, who paid $45-$75 or more per ticket depending on service charges, probably feel they already paid for it. And good for them.

Like U2 and Bruce Springsteen, while the CD is good, it's better live. "Musicology," the opening track, is pure Motown live, but sounds restricted on CD.

Some have complained about the sound in the Ford Center, and perhaps it still depends on where you're sitting. To me, the Rolling Stones didn't sound that great. I've heard some say Elton John was hard to understand, while others had no problem. Regardless, from my perch, the New Power Generation sounded in fine form.

Saxophonist Mike Phillips may not have wowed 'em in Big D last weekend, but he was smokin' hot in OKC. Phillips provided a stunning sax solo, one of many solos various band members had while flexing the NPG's music skills. Unfortunately, jazz sax legend Maceo Parker, who played during several tour/club warm ups earlier this year, did not play.

Now a Jehovah's Witness, Prince has dialed the perversity way back, except for innuendo in his lyrics. There was very little explicitness - save the couple in front of me who went strong for 2 straight hours - on stage.

Perhaps the highlight of the show came towards the end of the set, when Prince had several females and one guy from the audience join him onstage. During "Kiss," the Clark Kent-looking dude, with arms flailing, attempted to get his groove on, and to his credit, Prince gave him props instead of embarrassing the guy.

Unlike the tour opening stop in Reno, security did not escort anyone off the stage for touching Prince. After opening in Reno, Prince played Staples in L.A., then Bakersfield and Phoenix before Dallas on Friday. Next up, Omaha on Wednesday.

After a long, and I mean annoyingly long, wait for the encore, Prince sat on a barstool mid-stage and performed an acoustic version of "Little Red Corvette" and "7," before closing with a powerful version of "Purple Rain
Erotic City Come Alive...!!!

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Reply #1 posted 04/07/04 11:19am

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EROTICCITYNPG said:

Prince was wheeled to the stage inside an equipment box, and appeared to leave in similar manner.


That's a little odd. confused But like I said earlier, it is Prince's show, and he'll do whatever he wants. smile
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RIP, Prince. A legend has left us, and you will be forever missed. cry

"She probably found her vagina". lol
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Reply #2 posted 04/07/04 11:50am

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psychodelicide said:

EROTICCITYNPG said:

Prince was wheeled to the stage inside an equipment box, and appeared to leave in similar manner.


That's a little odd. confused But like I said earlier, it is Prince's show, and he'll do whatever he wants. smile
[This message was edited Wed Apr 7 11:20:22 2004 by psychodelicide]


He did this for the entire Lovesexy Tour...it is nothing new.
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Reply #3 posted 04/07/04 12:12pm

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SOMEBODY needs to learn how to spell OAKLAHOMA

.. or is this a joke?
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Reply #4 posted 04/07/04 12:14pm

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EROTICCITYNPG said:


The show opened with a quick video montage of Prince's greatest hits, accompanied with a replay of the lovely Alicia Keys' induction speech from late last year when Prince entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

"There are many kings, but there is only one Prince," praised Keys. "Only one man who has defied restriction, defied the obvious and all the rules of the game."


I can't understand why he doesn't use the eloquent speech from Outkast instead..."I mean, he like, said the F-word on Erotic City"
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Reply #5 posted 04/07/04 12:53pm

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metalorange said:

EROTICCITYNPG said:


The show opened with a quick video montage of Prince's greatest hits, accompanied with a replay of the lovely Alicia Keys' induction speech from late last year when Prince entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

"There are many kings, but there is only one Prince," praised Keys. "Only one man who has defied restriction, defied the obvious and all the rules of the game."


I can't understand why he doesn't use the eloquent speech from Outkast instead..."I mean, he like, said the F-word on Erotic City"
biggrin


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jedi

Do not hurry yourself in your spirit to become offended, for the taking of offense is what rests in the bosom of the stupid ones. (Ecclesiastes 7:9)
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Reply #6 posted 04/07/04 3:45pm

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summatra said:

SOMEBODY needs to learn how to spell OAKLAHOMA


...and I think it's you.
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Reply #7 posted 04/07/04 4:23pm

metalorange

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Jarret said:

summatra said:

SOMEBODY needs to learn how to spell OAKLAHOMA


...and I think it's you.


You're all wrong, I think you'll find it's OKELLERHOMER.
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Reply #8 posted 04/07/04 6:09pm

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metalorange said:

Jarret said:



...and I think it's you.


You're all wrong, I think you'll find it's OKELLERHOMER.


I guess you must have missed all of the mispellings over the last few days. I can spell Oklahoma ... I saw the musical.

(For awhile I thought it was a prince thang .. like wrekastow!) ... anywho ... it seems to have been corrected.
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Reply #9 posted 04/07/04 8:05pm

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I WAS THERE! HE WAS GREAT. He makes me dance, he makes me sing!

He also is very funny and made me laugh many times. For all of you who wonder if being in the NPG Music Club will get you a good seat, I was FIRST ROW CENTER! Well I quess you can't be Center when the show is in the round. But I could have reached out and touched him. He is still very pretty, looks about 30 to 35, but doesn't jump around and do the splits like in the old days. I can't blame him. I am his age and even I was sore this morning from dancing and jumping and singing. It was a beautiful night here in OKlahoma.
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Reply #10 posted 04/07/04 11:19pm

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I was also at the concert last night and I'm still floating on Cloud 9!! He was even better than I imagined! He sounded great and looked great.

Yes, he was very funny!

d smile


PS....it is spelled....OKLAHOMA! smile
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Reply #11 posted 04/08/04 12:58am

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RupertZ said:

psychodelicide said:



That's a little odd. confused But like I said earlier, it is Prince's show, and he'll do whatever he wants. smile
[This message was edited Wed Apr 7 11:20:22 2004 by psychodelicide]


He did this for the entire Lovesexy Tour...it is nothing new.


I saw that yesterday night at the OKC show...I thought it was funny because I could imagine the little guy inside of there. I'm still glowing from the concert. It was the best I've ever seen (thought I could count on one hand the amount of concerts I've been to).

Anyone here go to the aftershow at Citywalk?
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Reply #12 posted 04/08/04 1:37am

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Cherrycherry said:

For all of you who wonder if being in the NPG Music Club will get you a good seat, I was FIRST ROW CENTER! Well I quess you can't be Center when the show is in the round. But I could have reached out and touched him.


I guess you were FIRST ROW TANGENT!
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Reply #13 posted 04/08/04 8:29am

Monnie

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Reply #14 posted 04/08/04 5:17pm

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psychodelicide said:

EROTICCITYNPG said:

Prince was wheeled to the stage inside an equipment box, and appeared to leave in similar manner.


That's a little odd. confused But like I said earlier, it is Prince's show, and he'll do whatever he wants. smile
[This message was edited Wed Apr 7 11:20:22 2004 by psychodelicide]



He was wheeled to and from the stage at the Lovesexy concert I saw in Greensboro, NC in 1988 too. The band walked behind him. I yelled everybody's name out (Sheila E, Cat, Levi, Dr Fink, Bonnie, etc) and as they walked by and they waved at me, Levi even threw his towel at me. Sounds dorky I know but at the time I was around 15 and had been a Prince fan already for over 5 years and was totally freaked out by the experience. It was also my first real concert.
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Reply #15 posted 04/08/04 6:38pm

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tbag said:

psychodelicide said:



That's a little odd. confused But like I said earlier, it is Prince's show, and he'll do whatever he wants. smile
[This message was edited Wed Apr 7 11:20:22 2004 by psychodelicide]



He was wheeled to and from the stage at the Lovesexy concert I saw in Greensboro, NC in 1988 too. The band walked behind him. I yelled everybody's name out (Sheila E, Cat, Levi, Dr Fink, Bonnie, etc) and as they walked by and they waved at me, Levi even threw his towel at me. Sounds dorky I know but at the time I was around 15 and had been a Prince fan already for over 5 years and was totally freaked out by the experience. It was also my first real concert.


i was at that show in gboro in 88 as well. i was a junior in high school at the time i think.
i was on the 3rd row on the floor. what a night. i even met tyka and took a pic with her.
i had seen prince on the purple rain tour in gboro as well.
small world.
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Reply #16 posted 04/09/04 8:47am

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EROTICCITYNPG said:

http://www.newsok.com/cgi-bin/show_article?ID=1213612&pic=none&TP=getcolumnists


Prince brings funk to town
2004-04-07
By David Morris
NewsOK.com


Prince and the New Power Generation like it funky. Prince brought his latest world tour, "Musicology," to the Ford Center in downtown Oklahoma City on Tuesday night, supporting the soon to be released album of the same name.



Prince concert review

Who: Prince, with the New Power Generation.
What: "Musicology" world tour, sixth stop on tour.
When/where: 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Ford Center, Oklahoma City.
Genre: R&B, jazz, blues, pop.
Rating: A+



After an almost hour delay, the lights lowered at 8:20 p.m. The show opened with a quick video montage of Prince's greatest hits, accompanied with a replay of the lovely Alicia Keys' induction speech from late last year when Prince entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

"There are many kings, but there is only one Prince," praised Keys. "Only one man who has defied restriction, defied the obvious and all the rules of the game."

From there a funkfest commenced.

After the opening groove, the James Brown-like "Musicology" title track, Prince wasted no time getting into the stuff fans knew by heart, led by "Let's Go Crazy," and the party was on - complete with confetti streaming from the rafters.

The "Musicology" tour is rumored to feature some of the final performances of some of his classics. Yeah right. Heard that one before. Cher's Farewell Tour has played the Ford Center how many times?

Prince, 45, ripped through some of his hits, clearly wanting to showcase his new stuff and to make a point:

"I BELIEVE IN FUNKY MUSIC!" he screamed, whipping the crowd into frenzy. Then he took it a step further.

"There's been a lot of lip-syncing on this stage since I was last here," he said to cheers and laughs. "We have real music because we have real musicians."

After taking that shot at Britney and others, Prince launched into a series of songs from "Musicology." Clearly the crowd was ready to party to the oldies and barely knew the new release, a danger of going on a world tour before the CD is even released.

Prince may defy restrictions or even pronounceable names (remember the days of The Artist Formerly Known As?). But there's no getting around one fact: this cat has major talent. His blues solo midway through the show was reminiscent of Stevie Ray Vaughan, a lofty achievement in itself.

You remember the solo on "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony? Rolling Stone magazine called it "devastating." Prince gave several stunning glimpses of his talent during the live show.

The stage was a cross-shaped, simple layout in the round with the usual light show. Prince was wheeled to the stage inside an equipment box, and appeared to leave in similar manner. Not many pull off the red, glittering heels though.

Fans were delayed getting into the Ford Center due to security, but were treated to a free copy of the new "Musicology" CD.

This seems to be a trend by major artists, George Michael says his next album will be released free online. I'm sure that makes Sony happy. Prince has had label problems with Arista and Warner Bros. and is now signed with Columbia. With all the fuss over pirated music, Columbia can't be too pleased with the Artist giving away his product. But the fans, who paid $45-$75 or more per ticket depending on service charges, probably feel they already paid for it. And good for them.

Like U2 and Bruce Springsteen, while the CD is good, it's better live. "Musicology," the opening track, is pure Motown live, but sounds restricted on CD.

Some have complained about the sound in the Ford Center, and perhaps it still depends on where you're sitting. To me, the Rolling Stones didn't sound that great. I've heard some say Elton John was hard to understand, while others had no problem. Regardless, from my perch, the New Power Generation sounded in fine form.

Saxophonist Mike Phillips may not have wowed 'em in Big D last weekend, but he was smokin' hot in OKC. Phillips provided a stunning sax solo, one of many solos various band members had while flexing the NPG's music skills. Unfortunately, jazz sax legend Maceo Parker, who played during several tour/club warm ups earlier this year, did not play.

Now a Jehovah's Witness, Prince has dialed the perversity way back, except for innuendo in his lyrics. There was very little explicitness - save the couple in front of me who went strong for 2 straight hours - on stage.

Perhaps the highlight of the show came towards the end of the set, when Prince had several females and one guy from the audience join him onstage. During "Kiss," the Clark Kent-looking dude, with arms flailing, attempted to get his groove on, and to his credit, Prince gave him props instead of embarrassing the guy.

Unlike the tour opening stop in Reno, security did not escort anyone off the stage for touching Prince. After opening in Reno, Prince played Staples in L.A., then Bakersfield and Phoenix before Dallas on Friday. Next up, Omaha on Wednesday.

After a long, and I mean annoyingly long, wait for the encore, Prince sat on a barstool mid-stage and performed an acoustic version of "Little Red Corvette" and "7," before closing with a powerful version of "Purple Rain
THANXXX 4 THE NEWS COVERAGE OF 1 OF THE MOST TALENTED PER4MRZ N THE LAST 25 YRS.PRINCE ...I AM GLAD HE GOT COVERAGE I THOUGHT OK.K.K.LANHOMA JUST COVERED K.K.KOUNTRY MUSIC THAT'S ALL I HEAR DOWN HERE ON THE RADIO OR BORING ASS HIP HOP THERE IS NOTHING NEW OUT BUT IT IZ REFRESHING 2 C A TALENT LIKE PRINCE COME SKOOL THESE WANNA BEEZ HOW IT'S DONE GOOD LOOKIN OUT LOCAL NEWS MEDIA NOW U KNOW THAT THERE IZ MORE MUSIC OUT THERE BESIDES K.K.KOUNTRY.YEE HAH ...I DON'T THINK SO.SIRNA$$TEE HIZ ROYAL NASSTEENESS.
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[/quote]THANXXX 4 THE NEWS COVERAGE OF 1 OF THE MOST TALENTED PER4MRZ N THE LAST 25 YRS.PRINCE ...I AM GLAD HE GOT COVERAGE I THOUGHT OK.K.K.LANHOMA JUST COVERED K.K.KOUNTRY MUSIC THAT'S ALL I HEAR DOWN HERE ON THE RADIO OR BORING ASS HIP HOP THERE IS NOTHING NEW OUT BUT IT IZ REFRESHING 2 C A TALENT LIKE PRINCE COME SKOOL THESE WANNA BEEZ HOW IT'S DONE GOOD LOOKIN OUT LOCAL NEWS MEDIA NOW U KNOW THAT THERE IZ MORE MUSIC OUT THERE BESIDES K.K.KOUNTRY.YEE HAH ...I DON'T THINK SO.SIRNA$$TEE HIZ ROYAL NASSTEENESS.[/quote]

Hooray for stereotypes! "K.K.KOUNTRY"...How cleaver you must be neutral I'm glad I live so close to Langston, I can't imagine they'd let that crap go down in our area.

You're right about the radio...if it's not "BORING ASS HIP HOP" it's some socialist radio programming, 70s rock, progressive jazz, "K.K.KOUNTRY" (which is basically rock & roll in boots), Top-40, 40-100, college radio, Oldies, Blue-Hair Oldies, 80s programming, etc. Even with all of that to choose from, you're jogging the dial all day long searching for something worth listening to. Not too much for Prince fans, unless you can get Tulsa stations in OKC, some of which are Prince-friendly. Enter solution: MP3 CD players! I haven't even programmed my FM presets thanks to this cleaver gadget. Honestly, who wants to listen to government controlled corporate radio anyways? (outside of the majority of the population)
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