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14May
2011
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Prince, Stevie, Janelle, After Show, NYC, & North Sea

Sheila E., Stevie Wonder & Prince Photo: Mickey President Copyright NPG Records 2011
Sheila E., Stevie Wonder & Prince Photo: Mickey President Copyright NPG Records 2011

Sheila E., Stevie Wonder & Prince Photo: Mickey President Copyright NPG Records 2011

What a night.  Janelle Monae opening for Prince and guesting with him on stage and then......after midnight....Stevie Wonder!  The icon took center stage with Sheila E. and Prince to a funky rendition of "Superstition" to the crowd's delight.

Stevie jammed on harmonica and did lead vocals with Prince and Sheila backing him up til Stevie wanted to play and they lead him to the keyboards as Prince played bass.  Amazing.

Ahh.. But it wasn't over!  Shortly, after 2 a.m., Prince and Janelle Monae took over the Forum club with Shelby and the NPG.

Prince played drums over the track DJ Rashida was spinning to kick it off while the Prince's band and Janelle's got into place. 

Shelby was asking the crowd how are they feeling over "Can You Feel It" by the Jacksons.  "If you don't wanna party, I'm gonna give you 2 minutes to leave" Shelby said and let them know some "Brown Skin" was going to be happening up in this place.

"Til the sun came up" was the chant Shelby started n it continued almost until that time. 

After the chant it led into, "It Takes 2" with a funky bass solo by Ida Neilson.  It continued with "Got My Mind Made Up" with Prince on the boards and singing.  Prince then went to the far end of the stage as Janelle came up with a cool hat on. 

Janelle sings "It's like a river...love is not a fantasy..."  very heartfelt.

As Janelle gives it up for the NPG, Prince finds himself behind the boards again as the band kicks into "Stratus" then "Superstition" with Shelby J. on lead vocals.  "Brown Skin" is finally unleashed on us. 

Deacon Prince asks if sister Monae wants to say anything and she replies "I just want to say I've seen the light."  Prince and Morris joke around saying "Amen" and "Hey Man" and then Prince is just cracking jokes left and right like it was about to turn into comedy hour at the Forum.

" Janelle Monae and Stevie Wonder. Stop the presses.  Tell me I am not in heaven." is Prince's only reply after what was just laid down.  A freestyle from George 2.0 as Janelle Monae and Shelby perform "Outstanding" with Prince smiling and having a good time.

Prince, Shelby, and Janelle leave with chants of "Til the sun came up" ringing through the club.

What a night.  Eddie Murphy, Paula Abdul, Taylor Dayne, Sanaa Hamri and others were enjoying the night.

As we were there Prince news was being told to us that we want to share:

Prince will be attending the American Ballet Theatre Gala in NY on Monday.  Prince and the NPG recently donated $250,000 to them and it is being reported that the musical directors are in meetings with Prince.  We are sure they are not talking bout what their favorite salad is!

Prince will be playing the North Sea Jazz Festival and Poland.  All other dates that have been talked about, we cannot confirm with Prince's people.   We know we are slow to post shows outside the U.S. but until we get confirmation, we do not like to put the dates out there.  We apologize but it is better to be patient with overseas matters and get the correct information. 
Hope you understand.

Prince will be returning to Los Angeles after a week in Fresno and San Jose.  The dates that will see 21 Nights return is May 27th, 28th, and 29th, for Memorial Day Weekend. 

There is going to be more Inglewood swinging and we wonder if any more club shows like what happened at the Troubadour this past week.  A Doctor can only hope.-Dr.FB

Diagnosis:  Was I really on stage tonight?

Comments (18)
  1. Dr FB will there be a review of Saturday night’s after party? Did he sing? It was such an amazing night Friday that I can’t see how it could be topped, but I’m curious how comparable Saturday night was…and did you see him wave to me when I said hello? I was giddy like a teenager all over again! Waiting to tag you in our pics on FB, but my friend request is still pending. 🙂

  2. An amazing night – thanks for the review!! I feel very lucky to have been there.

  3. Twinkly1 – that fonkey honkey was superfan and honorary NPG member Cody @darklotus69!! He’s owns that song and did a great job on stage! Missed him on Friday, but saw him back on stage and with the mic on Saturday!

    This run is turning into the Celebration 4!! So unreal! This is going to be a LONG two weeks!

  4. For the love of Christ, who do I have to pay to get into this after show?

    DrFunkenBerry, may I be your date? Lol I’ve sat everywhere in the Forum but have yet to make it to the FC. I feel so out of the loop…If I could just hear that man play the first 10 seconds of Bambi, that would make my life!

  5. Oooops, thought you were the guy in the red hat. Who was that guy?

  6. I have not nor will I ever sing “play that funky music..” you have me mistaken twinkly1…

  7. The show last night was great. Dr. FB you did a good job with Play That Funky Music.

  8. Truly historic. I couldn’t believe I was seeing my two favourite musicians of all time playing together. The most amazing part was when Stevie took the stage, it became the Stevie Wonder Show featuring Prince on guitar. And Stevie is the only mamma jamma on the planet that could do that. I was in heaven. Not to mention Janelle, who is as creative & charismatic as she is gorgeous. What I would have given to go to the Forum Club. Le-git!

  9. Last night was historic. Watching Prince & Stevie 2gether on stage. Two geniuses!. Janelle opening was energetic, never seen her live. She has a unique gifted voice. She is fearless reminds of Prince is his early years..Three hours Prince on stage!

  10. Amazing show! I think Mike Phillips should be mentioned because he brought a lot of energy to the stage last night! Thank you so much for sharing the love Doc!

  11. Sounded off the chain! I hope there is a clip of him on the drums about! I hope he does the shows in UK and Ireland cause I’ve been pestering my parents about this!

  12. What an amazing show. My 5th time and they have all been so exciting. Would love to go to an afterparty but not sure if its invite only or what. Stevie Wonder was a great surprise!

  13. Wow! What a night! History is always made when Prince, Sheila E And Stevie Wonder hit the stage. Add Janelle Monae in for some New Power and we got ourselves a night filled with Wonder and Purpleelectricity! Very happy for you and yours Doc! Keep up the good work ! Enjoy !

  14. The show sounded great…. Thanx for the updates.. Awesome that you got up on stage!!

  15. You are one lucky guy, getting to experience all these special purple events!!! Thanks for sharing the joy!!!

  16. @Dr Funkenberry!

    Can u ask 2 Prince when he gonna release a NEW ALBUM…………PLEAse…….DRFUNK.??????

  17. Wow! Fantastic show ! Great updates,any photos of you on stage?

  18. “What a night. Eddie Murphy..”
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    Sweet. Much Love


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