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2011
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Exclusive! Behind The Scenes With Prince At “Lopez Tonight”

Prince. Photo: Jet Magazine.Mike Ruiz
Prince. Photo: Jet Magazine.Mike Ruiz

Prince. Photo: Jet Magazine.Mike Ruiz

OK, you all know I am a huge Prince fan.  So yesterday, I was like a kid in a record store as I was able to take in Prince doing sound check at "Lopez Tonight" yesterday..and it was amazing!!

I felt like I was watching "This Is It" the Michael Jackson movie as Prince and the NPG would rehearse and then he would stop to give directions or have someone stand in a different place.

While in rehearsal, Prince was wearing slacks and a grey french coller dress shirt and they started out with rehearsing "Laydown" which they did about 3 times without stopping. 

Next, was "The Beautiful Ones" which Prince stopped to give direction during the song.  He did this at the end of "Laydown" but never during.  It would be about lighting or where to have Misty go when dancing.  He would pick up the song from where he left off, never starting from the beginning. 

3rd, they did "Ur'e The 1 4 Me, a D-Train cover.  That took longer but with Sheila E. on stage and the Twin dancers and Shelby J. leading the other female singers.  Prince was playful throughout the rehearsal of this song n playing air drums for a bit til he got his marching band gear on.

The rehearsal was about 90 minutes long with the fans standing outside waiting to get in.

Things That Did Not Air On Lopez Tonight

They cut out pieces of Prince's interview where he talked about bands he had seen at the Forum including the Jacksons and then George threw out some names he saw there.  They took a few digs at Staple Center as being too new.  Prince also stated he tried to do 21 nights at Madison Square Garden but they would not allow him to do that, as certain records can't be touched.  Prince added that the first band he saw at the Forum was "Fleetwood Mac" and I found that interesting as Stevie Nicks is in town performing at the Hollywood Bowl Saturday night.

After Prince said "21 Nights" starts now, they went into "D.M.S.R." after the show went off the air.  It was a a funky full version with Prince playing the Hohner towards the end of the song.  He then gave it to the crowd and they began to fight over it.  I swear, it's amazing to me how that thing is still in one piece.

To me, the music did not come through as loud and as powerful as it was when we were there.  It seemed like it was turned down or something.  Can't put my finger on it but it was much better live than it appeared on TV.

Before the show, they let us know that 2,500 other people tried to get tickets to the show tonight n were denied.  When they were throwing out shirts, a guy in the back caught it.  It was none other than Eric Stonestreet from the ABC comedy "Modern Family" who caught the shirt.  Hmm.  Guess when you have the number 1 comedy on TV, you can get in to anything.

All in all, a very fun and memorable experience and I want to thank 2 ladies that looked out for me to get me in.  Very much appreciated.

BTW, how amazingly hot and beautiful did The Twinz look?  Can I please have 2 just like them?  Hey!  You never know unless you ask.  Also, thank you to Shelby J. for help.  I appreciate it.-Dr.FB

Diagnosis:  This Isn't It

Comments (26)
  1. Very Nice..>prince always stirs the type of excitement that no one esle does. All that fainting and passing outis soo overrated. If i meet him, I am NOT passing out, i want to enjoy every moment

  2. Oops I met to say Amazing not Agonizing lol

  3. Doc last night was beyond Agonizing and we both were in the same Candy Store …….Again so glad to really meet U !

  4. Wooow!!! Saw some of the internet videos of the George lopez show with Prince, HOT HOT HOT, Voice sounded great, Misty Copeland Suuuper dancer!!! lucky lucky crowd that got to see that show would of been fun to have been there!!! Only in LA darn.

  5. Nice inside info. Thanks Dr. :)
    Me… I”m still….busy with eh.. eh..
    Bounce–>! Bounce–>!
    yeah the twinz were great too. Funky outfits and dancing!
    Loved Shelby’s song too. That percussion at the end was just toooooooooo gorgeous! Num num :)

  6. Thank U & Thank U & I’m sorry & Good night…..

  7. ..fighting 4 Hohner yeah I would too -something about P’s guitars lol
    peace & <3

  8. Thank you Doc for your behind the scenes analysis of Prince and Lopez Tonight. That was an exciting piece to read but I’m bummed to know that Prince wanted to do 21 nights at MSG and those motherWAIT – “Artichokes” stopped him from doing it just because of something stupid. That’s just NYC for you, “artichokes” on high over here. Anyways, have a blast in L.A.!!!!!

  9. Thanks for the behind the scenes!!! The show was great on TV anytime you can see Prince it is always great. I just wish he would get rid of the ballerina things, VERY VERY LAME!!!!

  10. alright..

    Nice report my doc.
    Thx for this and tha sweet tweets

  11. YEAAAH!! u got in !! GOOD 4 U DOC!!! i saw ur appeal and was keeping my fingers crossed for ya!
    I am SOO happy for ya, u got 2 experience that!! ;0)) & Thx for the update!!
    & i guess a big thank u 2 Shelby J for helping out “our” Doc! Ur the sweetest!XXX

  12. Thank U 4 all ur up-dates from the 1st concert @ the forum 4 the W2A series, thx.
    I had fun w/U.

  13. Sounds ultra-cool. Thanks for sharing your experience, doc.

  14. Step away from my Twinz, Doc. They’s mine. This is your final warning.

  15. Oh yes, great report – thank u! Love all those tidbits. I can’t believe how different the Twinz look, holy cow. They have a supernatural ability to alter their look.

    Agree with you – I don’t think the energy came through the TV very well. LOVED Lay Down and having him sit for an interview. Thanks for filling in the gaps!

  16. Great report!!! I wish I was in LA! I caught the show in Charleston SC a couple of weeks ago. Trust me you don’t want to miss is this show. This current band is TIGHT and FUNKY!! With Ida on bass and John on drums, and the 3 board keyboard players, and of course Prince on guitar. NO horns or vegas-esque interpretations of the songs. There were funky versions of songs I havent heard live in years. On the second encore, Prince came out playing bass to Kiss. FUNKY! The played the instrumental to Sexy Dancer during the encore. FUNKY! Get ready LA!!!!

  17. Good recap of Ur xperience Dr FnB. I guess i was one of the 2500 that was denied. 2 me it didn’t look like real Prince fans in the front. U r 1 lucky brotha. I guess all I can say now iz don’t piss him off….Can’t wait till 2nite….

  18. AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!!! so happy you got to experience this Doc!

  19. Doc, thanks for your report. U do an amazing job. I’ll be there with all the other purple hippies tonight.

  20. That sounded so awesome Doc! Thanx for sharing… Have fun 2nite!

  21. artichoke madison square garden. he did wanna do 21 nights there. oh that sux.

  22. wow thanx 4 sharing ur experience

  23. I wish I had your life!

  24. LOVE this stuff, Doc! Thank you!!!

  25. “Hmm. Guess when you have the number 1 comedy on TV, you can get in to anything.”

    OR if you kiss enough purple ass…

    ‘jus sayin’.


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