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Prince Kicks Off Welcome 2 Chicago Shows…Now…About That Sound…

PRINCE kicked off his "Welcome 2 Chicago" shows with Questlove and George Lopez getting shout outs.

 

One person who most likely did not want to get a shout out at an NPG show; the person in charge of the house sound.

I got several tweets about the sound at the United Center and this was expressed to me;

"Prince's management would like to apologize for any discrepancies in the quality of the sound last night.

Personnel changes were made after the concert hence the long delay after the show. (Equipment was set up very late at the House Of Blues Afterjam because of this. Andy Allo took the stage at 3 a.m. and the police were shutting down the venue around 3:30 before Prince & The NPG could perform.) Everyone could tell Prince & The NPG were ready to give 150%, They are feverishly working on Prince's clone as well to give 150%.

Prince LOVES all his fans in Chicago and will do whatever is necessary to bring the best possible experience."

Wow.  I would not want to be around Prince right now. That totally SUCKS for those in attendance at both shows!  I will be surprised if these next 2 shows and afterjams do not kick some major tail.-DocFB

49 comments
karen
karen

to bad my friends werent there

karen
karen

next time you comeback prince dont come to the arena or rosoemont it was purplelame concert

karen
karen

i hated the show at the allstate arena i lefta after i hour got outside peiple were leaving and very dissappointed

Suzy Six
Suzy Six

OMGoodness! SO jealous!!!!! Prince, PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEZ come back 2 NY! It's been almost 2 tears and I need a fix!!!

Jeff
Jeff

Purple Lame! So disappointing.

Pat Samdifer
Pat Samdifer

I was at Monday's show and was a little disappointed. But I forgive a million times Prince is my favorite artist of all time and that will never change! This is the one and only single artist who inspired me to be in music today as a label owner for Underground music in Chicago as well as a promoter. And his standard of a show is the bar I set for my own business since I was a kid putting together Talent show in grade school. However, I understand how a show of the nature without everyone on the same page can go wrong and if he was handling on is own my hat is off to him because that had to be a stressful night. I enjoyed myself and felt blessed to be able to my great artist again on stage looking absolutely fabulous! You Prince if you need a excellent kick ass tour Concert Production Manager I got U!! Just "Take Me With U"!!! LOL

Sounds 4 Da Masses
Sounds 4 Da Masses

Prince definitely made up for it 2nite. The show was great and the ppl in attendance for the most part seemed pleased. The show seemed a bit rushed though, he didn't even change outfits (or guitars) which die-hards know that's unusual for Prince. I also didn't notice til close to the end of the show he had the horn section off towards the rear of the arena which I thought was kinda odd. I was pleased that there weren't alot of covers in the set list which for watever reason Prince has been obsessed with doing the past 10yrs or more. He did this slowed down version of "I Could never take the place O.Y.M. which was cool, I prefer the original but that's me I know some will prefer the slow version. I was pleasantly surprised he added "Dreamer" in the main show "Mr. Goodnight" & "Forever in My Life" were in the sample set and "Act of God" in the encore. Again that's only for die -hards who have heard the hits countless of times. Real quick those songs I just named the ppl around kinda just didn't quite know what they were hearing, I was then reminded why die-hards will rarely hear "insert your fav. here" live also with Prince's religious beliefs that even further cuts down the catalog(Like Dirty Mind or a rocking version of Temptation). I guess if I had any complaint it would be that the show seemed rushed (as I said Before) and the set list Prince played was kinda what he's been playing the past few years and again I understand cause most of the ppl around me wanted Purple Rain, Let's Go Crzy, 1999... I think if he kicks those covers out and plays some of his rarities in place of the covers he might be able to give casual & die-hards what they want. It might also breathe new life into some of those songs. He played "Mr. Goodnight" one women asked me what song it was once I told her she was on her phone looking on itunes for a download. Last thing anyone going to Wed. show if you have sensitive hearing you might wanna pick up a pair of earplugs, I dnt go to many concerts so I don't know what the norm is for sound but after twenty mins between the music and the audience noise (self included haha) my hearing took a beating.

Modernaire
Modernaire

Prince loves his fans? Really? That's news to me. ... really??? Maybe his fam$ I guess... Troy lee - where is the evidence for your assertion that the HOB sound "crew" purposely messed up the sound in the venue? Suddenly, everyone's a sound expert. How can a regular staff sound personnel, who probably know everything about the sound and amplification at HOB down to how it sounds in the restrooms, mess up the sound just this night? Sure, every act, musician, band does come in with something new but it just seems suspect on Prince's and his associates part as to why things the way they went. In fairness though, fams... you have to realize Prince is indie, so he has to handle all the logistics, all the issues that either MORE money that a record company brings to assure things are done professionally and their artist gets properly presented at any venue. Prince is just wearing too many hats or ... wigs or whatever. Hardcores will still flock to the shows regardless of how they are treated, its like... puppy love. In-joy the shows.

Ella Muhammad
Ella Muhammad

Tonights Prince show was really awesome. Much better than last night. He still did an unusually long sound check but it was so worth it.Yesterday the sound check was from 3pm until about 6:30 and he did not want the doors open until he got it right. Tonight he killed it, sound was perfect. Fams are filling their glasses with purple kool aid again and drinking it with pleasure. Prince made up for any mistakes that were made last night. Sound check lasted til 6 pm. But tonight he allowed the doors to be opened at about 5:30 so many people heard the last of the sound check even though they were not allowed in the auditorium. Again, of course it did not start on time but who cares he made it worth the little wait. Jennifer Hudson sang "Nothing Compares To You" with Prince and she rocked it. He did all the hits, had much energy and our little man was in a great mood. I was inside UC at 3pm both days and I saw how hard he worked. The after set is so funky, Chicago will smell the funk for years. And yes. he is on stage right now.

troy lee
troy lee

why are u butt holes blaming prince for?...he is not the freaking sound man...prince is the artist/musician and has a great history of doing excellent shows...i find it interesting that u haters would show much disrespect for an amazing genius like prince who has giving us incredible music for over 30 years for two bad nights due to a sound crew who screwed up prince shows for his support of van jones charity...this is a conspiracy and politics at its best....dam haters

Twinkly1
Twinkly1

It's really a shame the sound was not at the usual Prince standard. I feel bad for those who attended and can't go back. Sounds as if Prince commented and then was apologetic throughout and after the concert but the sound man couldn't get it right. I went to a musical performance couple nights ago and the sound was horrible--nearly killed the show. That artist also gave directions to the sound man during the set, but the sound was mixed improperly the entire night. I mean, if you are the sound guy, that's what you get paid to do and therefore it should be right. It would appear impossible for Prince (or any other musician) to perform AND handle the sound--not making excuses, it just seems logical.

Sean N DC
Sean N DC

I'll end with this: What would Jehovah do? Prince, make it right.

Sean N DC
Sean N DC

Wow...I can't believe this. Makes me think twice about giving him my money in the future. Waiting until almost 4 am, after paying all that money and not even getting a make up show, that is terrible. Prince did nothing at the HOB but he will still get paid. Wasn't he talking about love earlier in the night? Where's the love for the fans? Greedy bastard.

violet aura
violet aura

People need to take responsibility for their own actions.Get organized and handle things professionally.And most of all treat others as you yourself would like to be treated.You want love4oneanother - lead by example!As an audio engineer myself I can only imagine what sort of sound issues that soundman had to try to deal with.Why don't you try and keep sound in check with 20 people onstage with half that amount running round onstage!!!There is nothing wrong with being a perfectionist but sometimes you just have to "let it go" and just do the best you can!

Traveled too far for what I saw last night
Traveled too far for what I saw last night

Prince needs to STOP blaming others, he deserved the INCREDIBLE amount of booing and "REFUND" chants he got last night as he was placing the blame on EVERYONE it himself! He acted like a snotty kid and the ENTIRE crowd was LIVID! I flew in from the other side of the country to see these shows and I feel the entertainment I paid $88 for was the near riot that started at the House Of Blues. You're seriously an uncaring, rude, jerk Prince. Make up for it tonight, I DARE ya!

brownstien
brownstien

Saw a guy who was almost in tears by the box office at the end of the night. He was explaining he'd flown all the way from Amsterdam for this farce. Absolute THIEVERY on the part of Prince. YOU were the one who went on stage late at UC and HOB. I've noticed how Prince never takes responsibility for anything.

cathye o
cathye o

this is not prince's fault. didn't someone is his camp tell the fans at both venue's there is a sound problem & everthing is rolling behind. prince always give his best. i think regarding the house of blues, prince should have played not andy. since fans didn't see prince at the house they should had or have a make up date on thursday with admittance with monday's ticket. i heard from fans on sunday many didn't like andy. i hope at the center the sound problem was mentioned. i don't undersstand if you have rehersal, why sound didn't work later. the encores shouldn't be delayed for almost an hour. but prince had a couple long delays between encores in los angeles. i hope he's fine. AGAIN IT'S NOT PRINCE'S FAULT. thanks, doc

KLM
KLM

After starting an hour & 20 minutes late at the United Center last night. Then the super long delay between encore's. Then PAYING MONEY to see Prince at HOB last night...waiting until 4:00 & did not get one song. I've been a long-time fan (since the late 70's) & am now super cranky about last night's whole ordeal.

Gee
Gee

HE DIDN'T EVEN PLAY ONE SONG AT THE HOUSE OF BLUES. People (like me) were waiting for 5 hours for at least one song. It was shameful. Lost a fan...

Scott
Scott

Prince, remember what it was like when you had Cubby? When you had Allen? When you had Steve? When you had real management and real sound people? When you had someone who would be honest with you? Time to be honest with yourself. You have no one to blame but yourself. Instead of competence being your measure in hiring, you have chosen sycophants. I have never seen someone work so hard, to time after time, shoot themselves in the foot.

Musgrave
Musgrave

After all the reviews from friends who were at last night's show... he should Bill this as the....."Welcome 2 Chicago Show" of the NPG. --- * With Special Guest Prince. ( From how little he Plays Piano, Guitar and Sings these days) PS> Also STOP THE SAMPLER SET Already - Please Play Real Instruments! -- Good Gawd! Musgrave - The Disappointed

customguitar
customguitar

Oh..the same as Cologne/Germany....i can not understand, that this can happen! After the cologne concert i needed half a year to be able to listen to P´s music again....i am through with it...sorry

Alan
Alan

Everyone needs to calm down and chill. Its wasnt his greatest show, but i'm sure(the bugs will be fixed) he will defintely deliver at the next one.

Purple Bane
Purple Bane

From the bad sound to the lame show to the late-night non-performance at House Of Blues, Prince's first night in Chicago showed an utter contempt for his audience. Let's return the favor. Prince is supposedly in town to support the Rebuild The Dream charity. Please DO NOT DONATE to this cause. If Prince thinks his behavior last night was acceptable, then his judgment is clearly suspect about Rebuild The Dream, as well. Welcome2Chicago? Sorry, Prince, but U R no longer welcome here.

batdancer
batdancer

As a long-time fan (this was my 7th or 8th show) who was there last night (and am going on Wed really because of JAnelle Monae), here's my take. The sound sucked pretty bad. Sure, in these mega arenas, you have to expect some reduction in sound quality, but this was bad. Another problem (with the house or with management?) was that one particular cameraman was always filming about 1 foot too far to the right. This means that when P was on the mic, you'd either see his hand peeking out of the left of the screen, or some random crowd pics. What most concerned me, though, was that the whole thing felt sort of cobbled together. I've long wanted P to incorporate the looseness of his aftershows into his stage productions, but this show never really took off. To be sure, there were some strong moments (Cover of Sarah McClachlan's "Angel" was GORGEOUS!; Seeing "Old Friends for Sale" was a treat), but they were few and far between. I mean, he only played his guitar for a total of 2:30 MAX, including an aborted Purple Rain solo (Which was initially left to the sax player)...how the hell can you have Purple Rain without that guitar wail???? (to be fair, when he did start playing guitar on it, the sound sucked horribly). Oh, and did I mention that we waited 45 minutes (my girlfriend clocked it based on her twitter feed) watching some dude sweep glitter off the stage. House lights down, sound man still at his station. All of a sudden, the house lights come up and the crown boos horribly. Now, this was after a solid 1:45-2 hour show, so a second encore would have been and extra treat. But sitting for 45 minutes with the lights out--giving every indication he's coming back out--for nothing. Oh, apparently he did come out about 15 minute after the lights came up, after most of the people (including me) had left! I was mad enough about the 45 minute wait, but willing to let that go. But what REALLY pissed me off was the fact that he then came out. Everybody wish me luck for Wed. My one hope is that his message is heartfelt and he's really gonna turn it on for the next two days.

SteveInChicago
SteveInChicago

Part of the issue is that the United Center has a terrible acoustic design. First, it's a massive concrete building, and no matter what you do, there's going to be a ton of echo, and the large size of it means that it takes a long time for the sound to propagate back, which makes it even more noticeable. I would have loved to see Prince, but I won't go to see another show there. After hearing the comments, I'm glad I missed this one.

Percula
Percula

I see you changed the picture.....

DMSR
DMSR

Sounds like he should have called the tour "Welcome to My Nightmare"

FunkDocta
FunkDocta

how come he gets bad sound everywhere? in europe it was the same. this is so embarrassing. he just dont got it anymore.

eden
eden

I flew in to see Prince, spent thousands on this trip with the best tickets & upgrades I could get. I'm going to the concert tonight & hope It's better than last night... My wife & I also stood for 4 hours waiting at the aftershow. Andy Allo was great & her band was awesome! But the 20 minute show was ridiculous. I know it wasn't princes fault it got shut down by police & it was nice to see him get personal with the crowd & tell what the situation was..."Chicago, u know how I do.... U talk to the police, I'll play all night".... However, I honestly feel we deserve a refund...

Claire
Claire

"They are feverishly working on Prince's clone as well to give 150%." Ummm...??

mackstud
mackstud

I paid $88 for hob tkt, got there 1030; they made us wait until 3 am to hear opening act for 20 minutes and then have prince the ripoff artist say its time to go home. Prince, you suck. Special place in hell awaits you.

Musgrave
Musgrave

He should have known better than to play at the United Center to begin with. It was built and designed to have loud crowd noise for Blackhawk games. The sound has ALWAYS been terrible there for concerts.... NOT Good news to Wake up Too.... Musgrave - Chicago

Merseyrose
Merseyrose

Glad to see you edited your post! No boycott then... :-)

katerina
katerina

Oh tut tut people shit happens get over it ....

Scott
Scott

Poor form on Prince and DrFunk's part for posting this. OK, appologise for the sound, but no need to name people. If anything, given that Prince runs his stuff nowdays, he should also take part of the blame.

Carl
Carl

Its EXACTLY what PERCULA said, NO ONE of the A-team caliber in their RIGHT MIND who has experience in this business wants to deal anymore with him and the PURPLE MINDFUCKING he gives people !! ....sorry to say, but for ONE, he's OLD NEWS, second, its NOT worth turning over your life to someone who (A) hasn't had a TRUE bonifide commercial hit in over 20 years and (B) will just treat you like shit...so, he's left with opting for the new "bright eyed bushy tail" newbies who just happy to be there... the poor guy sort of looks like a fuzzy little squrriel..lol...bless his heart , you guys LEAVE HIM ALONE, pick on someone your OWN size PRINCE...lol....

Rick
Rick

Not too classy to put name and pic of soundman. Shame about the sound but in the end Prince should take responsibility for wha happened....

Merseyrose
Merseyrose

PS: At least the people in Chicago got a great 2-hour show, which is more than can be said for those attending the Cologne show. PPS: I think from now on I'm going to boycott your page because of the fact that you published the name and picture of the soundman, which is in very bad taste. I will no longer share any of your posts anywhere.

Marco
Marco

Hmmm.... I'm wondering if the People who attended the Cologne gig last year will ever get an appology like this... We still don't know what happened...only that he left close to the 85 Min. mark...

Chris
Chris

@Percula I know exactly what you mean!

BLR
BLR

You should be ashamed to post the soundman picture. So lame to point someone responsible for the bad experience of yesterday when Prince and staff should react as a TEAM. Would I be him, I'd quit, this is disgusting ways. Who did hire him in the first place anyway? If he wasn't good, then put the blame on the recruiter instead. Everybody makes mistakes, give dude another chance and stick together instead of pointing him to public oprobe. This is ugly, really.

Merseyrose
Merseyrose

As if it weren't bad enough that Prince is putting the blame on the poor soundman, you also couldn't resist publishing his name and picture?!? The reviews of the main show and the aftershow and your post also remind me very strongly of the show in Cologne last year which I also attended and left very disappointed. Prince has to make up his mind whom he wants to be in charge of the sound, himself or some soundman, and then live with the consequences, which might mean having to take over responsibility. Moreover, if he knows there is a curfew in the city he is plaiyng in, why does he waste time on long breaks (after one song, like in Cologne, or between the show and an encore)? All these things make me wonder whether it's really still worth while going to a Prince concert.

NPS
NPS

The typos and errors in word choice in this message just speaks to a level of unprofessionalism. When it speaks of Prince's management, who exactly would that be? Did they soundcheck the show properly to identify any problems in sound? And Prince--a veteran performer who has played the Chicago market for years--is surprised there is a curfew on a Monday night? 3:30 is such an unreasonable curfew, right? :eyeroll: Sorry, P doesn't get a pass on this, no matter how much he wants to pass the buck. At least it's good to know that he is planning to perform at the "afterjams." If Prince were really sorry, he would give something (refund? transfer of tix to another night?) to those who waited all night at the House of Blues for a 30 minute set. Whatever the reason for the late start and Prince not going on were not the fault of paying patrons.

Percula
Percula

@ Chris... You mean (IF you accept the argument btw....) Why does HE surround himself with C-class people? Likelihood is because there aren't any A-Class people left in the biz that will work with the royal pain in the ass.....

Steflucky
Steflucky

Always the same fkin shit with the sound at Prince Concerts. Here at the Cologne Concert it was the worst sound ever, 6 month ago. Years ago it was the same here in Germany. I will never visit a Prince Concert, paying 150 € for it. Is he deaf, or why he does not hear that?

David T.
David T.

again very embarrassing. I only remember the concerts in Rotterdam and especially cologne. in cologne he was 45 minutes late (this is still normal), played a song and disappeared minutes again for 45 minutes. He was unhappy with the sound. And the audience too. Prince came back and played only 75 minutes. The sound was bad and very very disappointed the audience. Prince has indeed apologized during the concert, but the many people who came from far away, were very angry. For 150 euros per card they had expected more professionalism. I forgive him that as a hardcore fan, but many others would never go to a Prince concert. Sad, especially because he is the best performer. And now again the same in Chicago. Prince investing, please more time or money for your sound team. Peace and b wild MrCologne

Astasheiks
Astasheiks

Kyle must have gotten a butt chewing; is that him in the photo, he looks like he is a replacement sound man sorta like the replacement refs of the NFL right now!lol

chris
chris

why is he still surrounded with C-class people? Best musicians with the worst sound engineers. unbelievable!

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