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Thread started 08/27/16 5:28pm

purplerabbitho
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Anyone else kind of hate Prince tributes in general?

I know this sounds weird but hearing other people do his songs and never getting to hear live clips of the actual Prince on these awards shows seems wrong to me. they are not celebrating the life of a great songwriter who was an average performer. They are celebrating (or should be anyway) celebrating the work of a great songwriter and performer. When Clapton dies, are people just doing to butcher "Layla" over and over again. the BET tribute might be as good as we get, but unless we see concert footage (like we did when Frank Sinatra died) than I don't see these as "proper tributes'. I hope the Revolution's tributes atleast provide nice stories and photos.

ALso, goddamn, someone please do a tribute that contains songs that are not just from the 1980's. Throw a bone to the 90's and 2000's. It is not like all this music was just dreck.

I have been watching that 2004 clip of The Question of U/ The One...awesome work. If they are not going to show footage of the actual Prince, than atleast they should do some research into his back catalogue a bit more. Someone do the Question of U.

Best tribute so far--Adele in Minnesota concert playing the "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" video.

[Edited 8/27/16 17:29pm]

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Reply #1 posted 08/27/16 5:36pm

blondie1147

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I personally don't watch the tributes because it's not the same to hear someone else doing Prince's music. The ONLY person I liked doing one of Prince's songs was Adam Levine doing 'Purple Rain." Would still rather Prince but Adam is the only one who did it justice in my opinion.

purplerabbithole said:

I know this sounds weird but hearing other people do his songs and never getting to hear live clips of the actual Prince on these awards shows seems wrong to me. they are not celebrating the life of a great songwriter who was an average performer. They are celebrating (or should be anyway) celebrating the work of a great songwriter and performer. When Clapton dies, are people just doing to butcher "Layla" over and over again. the BET tribute might be as good as we get, but unless we see concert footage (like we did when Frank Sinatra died) than I don't see these as "proper tributes'. I hope the Revolution's tributes atleast provide nice stories and photos.

ALso, goddamn, someone please do a tribute that contains songs that are not just from the 1980's. Throw a bone to the 90's and 2000's. It is not like all this music was just dreck.

I have been watching that 2004 clip of The Question of U/ The One...awesome work. If they are not going to show footage of the actual Prince, than atleast they should do some research into his back catalogue a bit more. Someone do the Question of U.

Best tribute so far--Adele in Minnesota concert playing the "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" video.

[Edited 8/27/16 17:29pm]

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Reply #2 posted 08/27/16 5:39pm

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I've had little interest. If rather watch vids or read stories about Prince.
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Reply #3 posted 08/27/16 5:40pm

purplerabbitho
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But does it piss you off like it does me. I watched BET tributes and Madonna's on the internet. That's all I have been able to watch. The BET had some nice moments. Madonna just ticked me off.

anangellooksdown said:

I've had little interest. If rather watch vids or read stories about Prince.

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Reply #4 posted 08/27/16 6:29pm

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purplerabbithole said:

I know this sounds weird but hearing other people do his songs and never getting to hear live clips of the actual Prince on these awards shows seems wrong to me. they are not celebrating the life of a great songwriter who was an average performer. They are celebrating (or should be anyway) celebrating the work of a great songwriter and performer. When Clapton dies, are people just doing to butcher "Layla" over and over again. the BET tribute might be as good as we get, but unless we see concert footage (like we did when Frank Sinatra died) than I don't see these as "proper tributes'. I hope the Revolution's tributes atleast provide nice stories and photos.

ALso, goddamn, someone please do a tribute that contains songs that are not just from the 1980's. Throw a bone to the 90's and 2000's. It is not like all this music was just dreck.

I have been watching that 2004 clip of The Question of U/ The One...awesome work. If they are not going to show footage of the actual Prince, than atleast they should do some research into his back catalogue a bit more. Someone do the Question of U.

Best tribute so far--Adele in Minnesota concert playing the "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" video.

[Edited 8/27/16 17:29pm]

I totally agree. Have never liked other people singing another artist's work... especially someone that was such a great live entertainer. Video clips of prince himself and a personal story/words by someone who he touched.... a much better tribute.

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Reply #5 posted 08/27/16 6:46pm

bonatoc

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Until now, they all sucked.

Some a little, some big time.

Springsteen sucked. D'Angelo sucked. Madonna almost deserves a lobotomization for what she commited.

Don't start me on the tribute records, they're all atrocious.

The only one worth of interest is by a semi-professional orchestra.
The arrangements are proof of the quality of the compositions, as they respect the original material.
And it's full of humour: I'm sure SKipper would have enjoy it.

Take The Beautiful Ones for instance. It starts as a schmaltzy hawaiian guitar muzak for elevators,
but ends faithful to the ad-lib spirit, with a sax section replicating the guitar solo.

It's certainly no London Symphony Orchestra, but you can tell it's made with love.



[Edited 8/27/16 20:03pm]

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Reply #6 posted 08/27/16 6:54pm

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blondie1147 said:

I personally don't watch the tributes because it's not the same to hear someone else doing Prince's music. The ONLY person I liked doing one of Prince's songs was Adam Levine doing 'Purple Rain." Would still rather Prince but Adam is the only one who did it justice in my opinion.

purplerabbithole said:

I know this sounds weird but hearing other people do his songs and never getting to hear live clips of the actual Prince on these awards shows seems wrong to me. they are not celebrating the life of a great songwriter who was an average performer. They are celebrating (or should be anyway) celebrating the work of a great songwriter and performer. When Clapton dies, are people just doing to butcher "Layla" over and over again. the BET tribute might be as good as we get, but unless we see concert footage (like we did when Frank Sinatra died) than I don't see these as "proper tributes'. I hope the Revolution's tributes atleast provide nice stories and photos.

ALso, goddamn, someone please do a tribute that contains songs that are not just from the 1980's. Throw a bone to the 90's and 2000's. It is not like all this music was just dreck.

I have been watching that 2004 clip of The Question of U/ The One...awesome work. If they are not going to show footage of the actual Prince, than atleast they should do some research into his back catalogue a bit more. Someone do the Question of U.

Best tribute so far--Adele in Minnesota concert playing the "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" video.

[Edited 8/27/16 17:29pm]

I agree with both of you. Why can't tributes be like the tributes for actors....scenes from their work? It's so frustrating. But I also agree that Adam Levine's PR was damn good. He got the emotional sensibility just right and yet he wasn't trying to sound just like Prince and he didn't oversing it. (So many people oversing that song, mistaking volume for emotion.)

There is a German singer called Kiddo Kat who did a good impromptu version of Kiss on a subway somehwere in Europe. You should look it up on YT (another singer, just a passenger, joined in and it was awesome). BUT, this was not a tribute. It happened and was posted on YT just a few days before he died.

Sigh.

P.S. Here's the link to Kiddo Kat: https://www.youtube.com/w...F6shrBX4L8

[Edited 8/27/16 21:29pm]

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Reply #7 posted 08/27/16 6:56pm

teach49

willowcb said:

purplerabbithole said:

I know this sounds weird but hearing other people do his songs and never getting to hear live clips of the actual Prince on these awards shows seems wrong to me. they are not celebrating the life of a great songwriter who was an average performer. They are celebrating (or should be anyway) celebrating the work of a great songwriter and performer. When Clapton dies, are people just doing to butcher "Layla" over and over again. the BET tribute might be as good as we get, but unless we see concert footage (like we did when Frank Sinatra died) than I don't see these as "proper tributes'. I hope the Revolution's tributes atleast provide nice stories and photos.

ALso, goddamn, someone please do a tribute that contains songs that are not just from the 1980's. Throw a bone to the 90's and 2000's. It is not like all this music was just dreck.

I have been watching that 2004 clip of The Question of U/ The One...awesome work. If they are not going to show footage of the actual Prince, than atleast they should do some research into his back catalogue a bit more. Someone do the Question of U.

Best tribute so far--Adele in Minnesota concert playing the "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" video.

[Edited 8/27/16 17:29pm]

I totally agree. Have never liked other people singing another artist's work... especially someone that was such a great live entertainer. Video clips of prince himself and a personal story/words by someone who he touched.... a much better tribute.

yeahthat

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Reply #8 posted 08/27/16 7:01pm

StopIt

Yes, hate them.

Under all the circumstances, every tribute, memorial, function of every kind (and discussions about them) has made it exponentially worse. Feels like getting kicked in the chest again for at least 24 hrs. afterward.

The only thing that I appreciated (at all) was those tap dancing ladies doing When Doves Cry, and that was largely b/c I came upon it by surprise. There's something less depressing and so much more Prince-like about seeing someone do what They uniquely Do at a superior level and in good taste, instead of all this other pathetic mess.

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Reply #9 posted 08/27/16 7:05pm

teach49

anangellooksdown said:

I've had little interest. If rather watch vids or read stories about Prince.

This x100

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Reply #10 posted 08/27/16 7:06pm

AlgeriaTouchsh
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If it's the Revolution next week I'd be right there like Warp Speed so I could tri-corder Wendy's guitar whilst leaning on every single one of Lisa's piano keys just to see how it works at the atomic level, but seeing as I don't have money to spend on Higgs Field Boson research I'll have to settle with internet reports of revolution reunions.

Never did get over the onion soup did he?

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Reply #11 posted 08/27/16 7:10pm

StopIt

These tribute things keep adding insult to injury over and over, and that is likewise, not cool (especially for Prince fans who once again, have to feel like people do Not get it.)

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Reply #12 posted 08/27/16 7:10pm

AlgeriaTouchsh
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Christ, can you imagine being in the middle of Mountains with the whole band playing though - that's some sublimility right there.

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Reply #13 posted 08/27/16 7:21pm

AlgeriaTouchsh
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U Know who's on the candle!!!

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Reply #14 posted 08/27/16 7:55pm

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StopIt said:

Yes, hate them.

Under all the circumstances, every tribute, memorial, function of every kind (and discussions about them) has made it exponentially worse. Feels like getting kicked in the chest again for at least 24 hrs. afterward.

The only thing that I appreciated (at all) was those tap dancing ladies doing When Doves Cry, and that was largely b/c I came upon it by surprise. There's something less depressing and so much more Prince-like about seeing someone do what They uniquely Do at a superior level and in good taste, instead of all this other pathetic mess.

Yes I loved the tap dancing tribute to When Doves Cry. I guess that is because they were just dancing not trying to sing it. It was awesome!!

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Reply #15 posted 08/27/16 8:21pm

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I just remembered: there is this incredible singer who recorded himself on the webcam,
multi-tracked a capella, doing a medley.

This is incredible. Now THAT's a proper tribute.

As for the tributes before SKipper's passing,
there is this crazy japanese who replicated the Lovesexy tour,
brass bed and all. Anyone remembers his name?
Can't find his video on YT.



The Colors R brighter, the Bond is much tighter
No Child's a failure
Until the Blue Sailboat sails him away from his dreams
Don't Ever Lose, Don't Ever Lose
Don't Ever Lose Your Dreams
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Reply #16 posted 08/27/16 8:28pm

AlgeriaTouchsh
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and if they get bored they can perform cataclysmic junk music until everybody leaves - it's a win win situation overall

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Reply #17 posted 08/27/16 8:30pm

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There's also this one.

It's the 21st century all right :
The real stars are (extra)ordinary men.

...and one more for the road.

[Edited 8/27/16 20:33pm]

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No Child's a failure
Until the Blue Sailboat sails him away from his dreams
Don't Ever Lose, Don't Ever Lose
Don't Ever Lose Your Dreams
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Reply #18 posted 08/27/16 8:36pm

derrick31

I don't want to see any of it. I'd rather see a documentary. I miss Prince a lot.
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Reply #19 posted 08/27/16 8:39pm

AlgeriaTouchsh
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bonatoc said:

There's also this one.

It's the 21st century all right :
The real stars are (extra)ordinary men.

...and one more for the road.

[Edited 8/27/16 20:33pm]

That Ben Lacy is well good. Hats off!

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Reply #20 posted 08/27/16 8:39pm

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I agree. They have all totally missed the boat by not including actual video performances of prince himself. The montages they could have done would have been epic. I would have probably lost it completely but it would have made any tribute so much better. I'm going to the revolution show next wknd but I wrestled with that after it was announced. I couldn't imagine it without him. But in the end I felt they would get it right if anyone could.
It's a hurtful place, the world, in and of itself. We don't need to add to it. We all need one another. ~ PRN
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Reply #21 posted 08/27/16 8:42pm

AlgeriaTouchsh
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AlgeriaTouchshreek said:

bonatoc said:

There's also this one.

It's the 21st century all right :
The real stars are (extra)ordinary men.

...and one more for the road.

[Edited 8/27/16 20:33pm]

That Ben Lacy is well good. Hats off!

Though scratch man is a bit hipster bollocks - I'd rather John Cage and his 1930s sine wave

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Reply #22 posted 08/27/16 8:47pm

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Beyond what they did on BET, I don't need to see any more. Wish I could hear The Revolution play at First Ave, but I'm in Cali & just can't swing it. The tributes will surely keep coming, & they'll mean well, but they're gonna feel meh to me. Hope the main tribute concert the family is throwing goes well & is awesome though!! biggrin
heart prince I never met you, but I LOVE you & I will forever!! Thank you for being YOU - my little Princey, the best to EVER do it prince heart
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Reply #23 posted 08/27/16 8:58pm

benni

All I've wanted is a Memorial. I don't want a tribute, someone else performing Prince's music does not help. These tributes don't do anything but remind me all the more of what we are missing, which is Prince.

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Reply #24 posted 08/27/16 9:00pm

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Have not liked any tributes so far to me VH1 and BET were not good, with the exception of the BET ending with Sheila E and Mayte etc was done nice and I felt as good as a tribute could get.
Oh but they bring on the tears and it really makes you miss Prince that much more.
I did see a sax video by Eric Leeds?? Done as a Trib oh that was sweet but swear the sax was crying too...
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Reply #25 posted 08/27/16 9:01pm

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PurpleDiamonds1 said:

Have not liked any tributes so far to me VH1 and BET were not good, with the exception of the BET ending with Sheila E and Mayte etc was done nice and I felt as good as a tribute could get.
Oh but they bring on the tears and it really makes you miss Prince that much more.
I did see a sax video by Eric Leeds?? Done as a Trib oh that was sweet but swear the sax was crying too...

What did VH1 do?
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Reply #26 posted 08/27/16 9:04pm

eightiesbrat

Kind of, yeah. I mean, I appreciate the effort and the respect behind them but they are difficult for me to watch. Why do I watch, then? I feel compelled I guess, curious to some degree, but they make me miss Prince so much, even more than usual while I'm watching them and they remind me that he is really gone. Just the whole reason for them being, saying goodbye to Prince. Immediately after Prince passed, I think I was in shock and in information -gathering mode, just kind of reading stuff like a robot. But it was when I saw those purple lights across the world, that I felt my heart really begin to break and that's when the tears really began. So beautiful, so respectful but the reason they were there. . . Just felt so final and real.

We all want the stuff that's found in our wildest dreams. . .
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Reply #27 posted 08/27/16 9:06pm

avajane

As far as Purple Rain being covered, suffice to say it gets tiring and no one can do it justice. However, I recall seeing this clip from Romania X Factor before Prince passed away and loved the girl's interpretation of it. Here's a link http://www.dailymotion.co...eo/x46i8cm

As far as the past tributes, the only two tributes I loved were from Sheila E and the Dixie Chicks. Here's hoping the public memorial will have great tributes.
Love is God,
God is Love
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Reply #28 posted 08/27/16 9:11pm

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Honestly, I think it would just be nice if all the associated artists put their differences aside and we just got ONE solid tribute. I'm echoing what I've said in another thread. I think it's a bit irritating that there are SO MANY "tributes". It's just messy. I went to the one in L.A (even though shortly after attending I realized it was too soon for me) and was a bit dissapointed. I tried to stay positive about it because I knew it was done for him, but is was kinda...meh. The ones that tore it up were the NPG and Stevie Wonder (for the few bars of PR that he was able to sing-someone was whispering the words to him while he sang. Not fussing, I was just confused). Cassandra was amazing. There was also some guy (I don't remember his name) that performed and was reading off of his Ipad most of the time. He had great energy, but how in the HELL do you not know the lyrics to 'Baby I'm a Star' or "DMSR"?
Like, what!???...Also, I don't understand how the same 10 songs are the only ones being performed over and over again...

I want to see the Revolution but I don't have the means to go.
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Reply #29 posted 08/27/16 9:20pm

EnDoRpHn

The only thing the tributes have established is that he has no equal.
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