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serpan99

NME: PRINCE PLAYS SURPRISE GIG IN HIS OWN BASEMENT

Prince plays surprise gig in his own basement
http://www.nme.com/news/prince/42521

Legend launches new website with show in his own house
Feb 4, 2009

Prince launched his new website by playing a private gig at his Los Angeles home at the weekend (January 31).

The show witnessed by a handful of competition winners, journalists - including NME.COM and invited guests including soul singer Anita Baker and Prince’s protégée Bria Valente, saw the "purple one" perform a mammoth set with a full band in the basement of his Beverley Park mansion until around 3am (PST).

Songs Prince played included 'Controversy', 'I Feel For You', 'Alphabet Street', 'Guitar' and covers of 'Le Freak' by , 'Stand' by Sly And The Family Stone and The Rolling Stones' 'Miss You'.

Earlier, guests had been given a sneak-preview guided tour of his new website, Lotusflow3r.com.

The site, features a futuristic, otherworldly theme inspired by the title track of his forthcoming album 'Lotus Flow3r' will stream music and video, while subscription paying fans can access exclusive content.

Prince will also release three albums through the website this year, which include his own 'MPLSound', 'Lotus Flow3r' and the debut album from Bria Valente.

To find out what it was like to to attend an exclusive gig in Prince's own house head to the the NME Blog now for our exclusive eyewitness report:



Quite literally like it was 1999
By Emily MackayPosted on 04/02/09 at 03:49:31 pm
http://www.nme.com/blog/i...&tb=1&pb=1

How was your Saturday night? Get up to much? I spent quite a large portion of mine staring at some Bounty kitchen towel.

Not any Bounty kitchen towel, mind. This was Bounty kitchen towel in the kitchen of Prince’s Beverly Hills mansion. Yes, Prince. That Prince. ‘When Doves Cry’ Prince. The artist currently known as Prince. And he uses Bounty. These are the sort of moments that can short-circuit the feeble mind of a music journalist.

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Why was I in Prince’s kitchen? I wasn’t entirely sure myself, but it definitely had something to do with the launch of his new website. Six goggle-eyed journalists and three dangerously excited competition winners received a mysterious email invitation to take a “journey through the galaxy”, and well, here we all were, munching mini-bruschetta served by smiling staff at 77 Beverly Park.

In my head, I’d envisaged some kind of purple space-station inhabited only by supernaturally gorgeous women, and the biggest surprise was how… un-weird his place is. The kitchen is as homely as a multi-million dollar Tuscan-villa style palace can get, all warm wood, pink granite and enormous copper pans hanging from the ceiling. I boggle at a sweeping, custom-made black grand piano that looks like one Bruce Wayne might tinker on.

Suddenly, a suited minion asks us to make our way downstairs to the ‘screening room’. As I walk to the head of the stairs, I am broadsided by cognitive shock. Prince is standing at the top of the stairs, smiling knowingly.

Now, I’m fortunate enough to have a job where meeting pretty famous musicians is par for the course. But Prince isn’t a pretty famous musician. He’s FUCKING PRINCE! To see him in the flesh makes no sense. I attempt something approaching a smile and scutter down to a plush, paisley-upholstered private cinema. Prince’s pet web designers nearly do themselves an injury from excitement, guiding us through lotusflow3r.com. It’s all very impressive and everything, but fancy Flash animations are a paltry precursor to what happens next. We walk, awestruck, through a blue-lit corridor flanked on either side by glass-fronted rooms containing customised motorbikes, similar to the one in Purple Rain. Gawping, we shuffle into a low-lit room carpeted with Turkish rugs. There, we’re treated to a private gig with a full band and – I shit you not – guest vocals from Anita Baker.

The epic show (the first set is at least two-and-a-half hours long, then he comes back for more) takes in classics (‘I Feel For You’, ‘Alphabet Street’, ‘Controversy’) newer tracks and covers including Chic’s ‘Le Freak’, Sly & The Family Stone’s ‘Everyday People’ and – too, too brilliantly for words – The Rolling Stones’ ‘Miss You’. I know, I know – I kind of hate myself a little bit as well. The band are loose, lithe and astounding: “real music by real musicians,” as the man himself puts it, mesmerising in his cream floral suit and red-flashing LED boot heels. At one point, everyone starts doing the electric slide (not me: I know my limitations) and Prince wryly declares “Y’all done tore up my carpet. I ain’t never inviting y’all back”. You can almost see everyone in the room trying to cram as much of this incredible moment into their eyes and ears as they can fit. It’s just too much.

Hours later, as I leave, still giggling manically, to get a lift with some fellow partygoers, one turns to me and says “I suppose this kind of thing is pretty normal for you, hey?”

Er, no. Not so much.
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Reply #1 posted 02/04/09 10:04am

Aannastesia2

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I am sooooo jealous!!! wink
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Reply #2 posted 02/04/09 10:10am

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I wonder how many of y'all are going to run to the supermarket to buy you some Bounty Kitchen Towels for your kitchen? lol

By the way, Bounty is the bomb so I see that Prince is a good grocery shopper lol
I'm not a fan of "old Prince". I'm not a fan of "new Prince". I'm just a fan of Prince. Simple as that
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Reply #3 posted 02/04/09 10:21am

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...what dreams are made of..
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Reply #4 posted 02/04/09 10:51am

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And he uses Bounty.


Well, duh... It's the Quicker Picker-Upper.

I just got done cleaning up a vomitous hairball made by my cat. I used Bounty.
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Reply #5 posted 02/04/09 11:07am

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purplecam said:

I wonder how many of y'all are going to run to the supermarket to buy you some Bounty Kitchen Towels for your kitchen? lol

By the way, Bounty is the bomb so I see that Prince is a good grocery shopper lol




falloff Good one, Purplecam. biggrin
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Reply #6 posted 02/04/09 11:08am

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^^ LOL..Bounty is the Prince of paper towels.

Very nice Serge, thank you. biggrin
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Reply #7 posted 02/04/09 11:08am

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squirrelgrease said:

And he uses Bounty.


Well, duh... It's the Quicker Picker-Upper.

I just got done cleaning up a vomitous hairball made by my cat. I used Bounty.
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falloff The Quicker Picker-Upper!
No matter your age, pursue your dreams so that you will LIVE.
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Reply #8 posted 02/04/09 11:17am

mrsquirrel

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I just got done cleaning up a vomitous hairball made by my cat. I used Bounty.


now if THAT line doesn't sell it to ya then i don't know what will! lol
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Reply #9 posted 02/04/09 11:53am

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Thanks for posting this review Serpan.

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Reply #10 posted 02/05/09 2:21am

Sander

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Wow, that guy is enthusiastic! Makes for a nice read.
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Reply #11 posted 02/05/09 2:24am

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does he ever change his setlist ?
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Reply #12 posted 02/05/09 4:33am

LondonStyle

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There, we’re treated to a private gig with a full band and – I shit you not – guest vocals from Anita Baker. cool

how come only the brits get freaked out about this....
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The NME love to hate Prince looks like P has won at least one over ...she will be hated in the office ..no doubt... biggrin
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Reply #13 posted 02/05/09 4:45am

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Susann209 said:

^^ LOL..Bounty is the Prince of paper towels.

Very nice Serge, thank you. biggrin
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Viva la differance... cool
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Reply #14 posted 02/05/09 5:05am

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Tame said:

Susann209 said:

^^ LOL..Bounty is the Prince of paper towels.

Very nice Serge, thank you. biggrin
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Viva la differance... cool


Corrected:

Vive la différence....

cool
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Reply #15 posted 02/05/09 7:02am

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onenitealone1970 said:

does he ever change his setlist ?

I saw him in 1993, 95, 98, 2002 and 2007. Each time the set lists were quite different. So yes, he does change it. biggrin
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Reply #16 posted 02/05/09 7:14am

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But Prince isn’t a pretty famous musician. He’s FUCKING PRINCE! To see him in the flesh makes no sense.


Love this part! lol
Peace. Love. Prince
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Reply #17 posted 02/05/09 8:01am

npggirl77

purplecam said:

I wonder how many of y'all are going to run to the supermarket to buy you some Bounty Kitchen Towels for your kitchen? lol

By the way, Bounty is the bomb so I see that Prince is a good grocery shopper lol

Bounty, the quicker picker upper!
I'm on it!
razz razz lol lol
-you ain't funky at all, you just a little ol' prude!
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Reply #18 posted 02/05/09 9:55am

serpan99

purplecam said:

I wonder how many of y'all are going to run to the supermarket to buy you some Bounty Kitchen Towels for your kitchen? lol

By the way, Bounty is the bomb so I see that Prince is a good grocery shopper lol


bummer...I don't think they sell them where I live? lol
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Reply #19 posted 02/05/09 10:01am

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onenitealone1970 said:

does he ever change his setlist ?



from the songs he played last weekend ..i would say NOPE ..same thing 4 over a year now ..

the way 2 generate true buzz around his latest project, he needs 2 play the new songs thus the press can say "wait til u hear this song.."
man, he has such an amazing body of music that it's sad to see him constrict it down to the basics. he's too talented for the lineup he's doing. estelle 81
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Reply #20 posted 02/05/09 10:36am

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Now, I’m fortunate enough to have a job where meeting pretty famous musicians is par for the course. But Prince isn’t a pretty famous musician. He’s FUCKING PRINCE! To see him in the flesh makes no sense


lol That was funny. Great article! thx for posting! cool
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Reply #21 posted 02/05/09 11:02am

MRGee

There is a Significance to the Towel and it's not what you think. It's a SPIRITUAL thing for those who KNOW.
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Reply #22 posted 02/05/09 11:30am

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MRGee said:

There is a Significance to the Towel and it's not what you think. It's a SPIRITUAL thing for those who KNOW.


Oh yeah, I forgot that you can use them to clean up after getting spiritual with one's ding dong.
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