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21Apr
2016
23

PRINCE Dead At 57

PRINCE Photo: NPGRECORDS 2015

It is with deep regret and sadness that we are hearing about Prince dying at 57. We do not know cause of death at this time.

From PRINCE's publicist:
"It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57,"-Yvette Noel-Schure

He had been battling the flu. I have no further info at this time. I will update when I can.

To us he was more than just a celebrity and he has referred to us as a true friend on multiple occasions.
I am in denial a bit.

"He called me his friend. I don't think he had many. I cherish that he let me into his life and confided with me, shared with me, and let me be a part of things for him. For that, I am truly grateful. I know I speak for fans and friends around the world that this is a tremendous loss. He was brilliant. So funny. You have no idea. Loved basketball almost as much as his guitar."-Dr. Funkenberry

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17Apr
2016
12

PRINCE Announces New Upcoming Live CD; More At Paisley Park Party

Prince Photo: Nandy McClean Copyright NPGRECORDS 2015

PRINCE at Paisley Park last night made an appearance at his dance party DJ'd by Purple Pam, saying when you hear things like you have recently, give it a few days. Save your prayers up. He was referring to the media reports saying he was still in the hospital when he wasn't.

In better news, Prince re-unveiled his new purple piano and a gold and black guitar with quite the cool carrying case. Prince played briefly on the piano and people were wanting him to play his guitar but he wouldn't saying right now he is fully playing the piano only.

Prince also played 30 minutes of the Atlanta shows from Thursday which he called the best of the tour so far. The artist said there will be upcoming live album from the Piano & A Microphone shows. I believe what was played last night was a rough cut of what to expect. My opinion. The audience seemed to be more up in the mix even for a soundboard recording. I expect that to be changed. One of the songs played was "I Would Die 4 U" culled from the "Purple Rain" soundtrack and was a lengthy jazzy version.

The image above was seen around Paisley Park while the live record was playing.

I have more to tell from last night and you can listen to it now on the Dr. Funk Podcast now on iTunes.

Lastly, Prince was seen around town biking and even stopped in to The Electric Fetus to pick up a few items for Record Store Day. No photos seem to have been taken although several people spotted him on social media. I even posted a photo from when he was seeing biking before on my private Facebook account. It was basically to let people know, even though the photo was not recent, he is good, and is out and about and I'm sure taking care of those things in the daytime to make sure he has time at night to watch the NBA playoffs.-DocFB

Diagnosis: More to come. Talk soon. Much Love. Thank you to Prince and his staff for their hospitality. It was appreciated. Going back to Cali, Cali, Cali....

29Mar
2016
7

April 14th!! Real Housewives? Real Music! PRINCE Is Bringing His Piano & A Microphone Tour To Atlanta! 2 Shows!

Atlanta April 14th Prince Photo By Madison Dube Artwork By LV
Real Housewives or real music? We prefer the music part as PRINCE is bringing his Piano And A Microphone tour to Atlanta April 14th.

Update: PRINCE has rescheduled his Atlanta shows for PAril 14th. The shows were to take place April 7th before the postponement. .

There will be 2 shows (1 at 7, the other at 10) and it will be held at the Fox Theatre.

Reserved Seats are: $350, $275, $211, $175, $100

Tickets will be available at foxtheatre.org or by calling 855-285-8499. The box office also will be open at noon for in-person sales.

Tickets go on sale at noon tomorrow, March 30th.

Everyone in attendance will receive a copy of Prince's latest CD Hit N Run Phase Two.

Over the weekend, Prince covered David Bowie's "Heroes" at his Toronto concert where he performed 57 songs over 2 shows. Atlanta is in for a treat!

A press release announcing the shows stated:

Prince’s Piano & A Microphone tour commenced on January 21 at his US recording studio, Paisley Park, where he stunned fans who travelled from all over the world to see him perform two very personal shows. According to a Rolling Stone review of these shows, Prince performed on a stage decorated sparsely with candles and shrouded in smoke. The show was framed by the story of how he mastered the piano and emerged from the shadow of his father, jazz pianist John L. Nelson. “The set moved chronologically (with a few exceptions) through the first decade of Prince’s career,” Rolling Stone reports, “including at least one song from each of his first 10 albums.”

In addition to classic songs from albums including 1999, Purple Rain, and Sign o’ the Times, the set-lists have also featured covers by Joni Mitchell, Paul Robeson and Ray Charles; songs Prince has written for other acts including The Time, Sheila E. and Vanity 6; and even a Thelonious Monk-style version of the theme to Batman.-DocFB

Diagnosis: Over a week's notice? Atlanta, no excuses. Be there!

23Mar
2016
3

PRINCE Set To Bring His Piano & A Microphone Tour To Toronto!

Toronto March 25th

After 2 amazing shows in Montreal, PRINCE is set to take the Piano & A Microphone tour to Toronto!!

There will be 2 shows March 25th, 7 P.M. & 10 P.M.  at the Sony Centre.

Prince will be performing hits, rare b-sides, and that you have never seen Prince like this before.

Recently Prince updates his twitter name and profile image.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow, March 24th at 10 A.M.

2016 Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Inc. All rights reserved. http://www.sonycentre.ca/calendar-event-details/?id=238

-DocFB

Diagnosis: If you only see one show this show this year, the PRINCE Piano And A Microphone tour is the one!

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1Mar
2016
3

PRINCE To Take Over The Oracle Arena Like Steph Curry This Friday 03/04! Tickets On Sale Today At 4 P.M.!!!

Prince Oracle Arena

The musical equivalent to the Golden State Warriors Steph Curry is about to take over the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California this Friday March 4th! That's right, PRINCE!

The music icon is bringing his Piano And A Microphone to the Oracle Arena where he will be playing a mixture of his greatest hits, rare b-sides, and some unforgettable covers.

This show comes on the heals of him playing surprise gigs at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland on Sunday and before that a sold out tour in Australia that never wanted to see Prince leave. Now he will be shooting the J at Oracle.

Tickets go on sale today at 4 P.M. HERE.

If U can make it, go! There are live performers and there is PRINCE. Believe that. -DocFB

Diagnosis: OAKTOWN 777