I was fortunate enough to see both Friday night's shows at the Showbox, and as I've been telling everyone, these are the shows I've been waiting 30 years to see. I caught a nasty cold two days before the show and I was sick as a dog, but once the lights went down and the sound went up, I was floating on a purple cloud for the next few hours. The re-imagined classics as well as the newer work sounded tight, solid and strong, with healthy doses of darkness and heaviness thrown in for a delicious edge. The whole vibe of the shows was unlike any other Prince concert I've seen - it was raw, a little grungy (in the best way), and the sonic acrobatics performed by each of the four musicians was indeed a spectacle to behold. It was mind-melting - and standing a bit too close to the stage lights for the second show, face-melting as well. Thank you to 3rd Eye Girl - I'm now a B3LI3V3R. And thank you, Mr. Nelson, even though I'm pretty sure I could feel your stink-eye a few times throughout the night. ;)
After 4 shows in Vancouver, PRINCE & 3rdEyeGirl took over the Showbox At The Market in Seattle to bring the funk & roll. They delivered.
Various reports on Twitter had PRINCE & 3rdEyeGirl sound checking "Dolphin" and "A Love Bizzare" at rehearsal.
During last week's PRINCE Spreecast, fans who attended the Vancouver kick-off shows came on camera to talk about their experiences. For those in Seattle, it would be great for you to join us for next week's PRINCE Spreecast, which airs every Wednesday at 7 P.M. Pacific Time.
For those that missed it, here is "She's Always In My Hair" from the 1st night of the tour. For the LIVE OUT LOUD West Coast Tour info and ticket sales, please visit 3rdEyeGirl.com
PRINCE re-introduced what some call the the "Sampler Set" during the 2nd show of the night, playing "When Doves Cry" and "I Would Die 4 U" along with a few others.
For those that were at the show, please share your reviews in the comments section.
For set lists, please click on the continue reading button below.-DocFB
Diagnosis: If U're looking for lip syncing, U came 2 the wrong show!
Set List Show 1 provided by DJ Wendy V:
Sign o' the Times
Let's Go Crazy (slower version)
She's Always in My Hair
I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man (slow version)
I Like it There
When We're Dancing Close & Slow
Cause & Effect
Let's Go ("for the people in Boston")
Crimson & Clover/ Wild Thing
Dreamer (Hendrix tribute)
Set List Show 2 provided by Dorothy P.
Let’s Go Crazy (reloaded) incl. Frankeinstein [The Edgar Winter Group]
She’s Always In My Hair
Liathach [Jo Hamilton] (instr.)
I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man (blues version)
I Like It There
When We’re Dancing Close And Slow
Bambi (feat. Joshua on cowbell)
Cause And Effect
U Got The Look
When Doves Cry
Nasty Girl (instr.)
A Love Bizarre
Darling Nikki (instr.)
I Would Die 4 U
Oh My Gosh!!! I was 10 miles away and missed it all :( On the BRIGHT SIDE I am headed to VEGAS on Friday to meet up with my best friend (from Louisiana) to see the 11:30 show at The Joint! This is a dream come true for us and a HUGE item on our bucket list.. You see.. I shouldn't be alive (or I would still be very sick) .. and my best friend made all of the difference. Candy gave me a kidney a little over 1 1/2 years ago. She is amazing and beautiful in every way. We have been best friends since high school and have been HUGE Prince fans for over 30 years. This will be our first Prince concert together. When we learned of his tour, it took us all of 3 minutes to decide that we would meet up in Vegas. Her hubby is currently in Afghanistan and mine gets to stay home with my son.. so it will be just us gals raising heck in Vegas :-) We can't wait! I'm sure we will be buzzing for days about his concert.. Thanks for the opportunity to share this :) It makes me so happy to see true Prince fans excited for and really appreciating his enormous talent and gifts to us!!
We went last night at the 8pm Friday show. His performance was phenomenal. After his two encores, just when you thought it was finished he came out again and played Purple Rain.. !! So amazing.
We showed up and the master gave us a show. After 30 years in the business we should take all this genius has to give us, and boy last night he gave it to us. It was Prince's world and we were let in to watch. Its great that he is always moving on with his music. To hear all the same standards always would be boring and Prince is not boring!! Fixurlifeup people and enjoy the shows
Thank u for the setlists! So Exciting!! Can't wait for my turn! There's nothing in the world that can compare to experiencing Prince live!!
I was sitting right by the venue entrance, and I can confirm that they DID soundheck Love Bizarre, in between the many takes on Dolphin.
@EarsStillRinging thank you for bring that up dude. I am getting so excited. @Courtney Your going Tuesday 1st show right? I think you told me but can't remember. I wish we knew more that was going to last show in Tempe. It is better when U know a lot of ppl. I feel like a little KID peeps!!!! I have never been this excited about any artist ever. This is only the second main stream concert in my life. The other one was MUSE just last month. I have been to Funk Fest and things like that, but I am feeling this one. I need to relieve some of this stress and Prince is going to blow it off my HAIR!!!!
2nd show!! So amazing!! The Prince show I have always wanted to see, small venue, small band, pure rock n roll funk! Right up front, so close and so happy! My friend I was with had never seen him live before even she loves his music and she not only got to see him in a 1000 seat venue, but from front row AND she got to get up onstage and dance during Let's Work and U've Got The Look!! What an amazing night for her. The only hitch was the sound issue w/ the bass as mentioned above, Prince waved to the sound guy multiple times and was visibly irritated and finally walked back to sound board and had words. It was too bad as it took away from his performance of that song but still wonderful to hear. At one point he asked "ya'll havin fun?" At which the crowd went wild and he said "yea me too" and I think he really meant it.
We were told sternly to keep our phones in our pockets, "Or Else". Some people did take pics and I saw the bouncers wade into the crowd more than once to tell people to stop. At one point Prince said, "Stop taking pictures of me. There's enough on Google already." Oh, and he grabbed the bass toward the end of the show and lit it on fire (figuratively). Sorry, I don't remember which song it was.
Amazing. Danced on stage with my man Prince and stood 2 feet from him all night. Second show amazing.
I don't consider myself a hardcore Prince fan, and much of what he played at his first set was unfamiliar to me, but folks, he BLEW the doors off the place. It was old school rock and roll, blues, punk, and funk and Prince appeared to be thoroughly enjoying himself. I don't agree at all with the people saying an average Prince fan can't enjoy these shows. I also enjoyed his running monologue about going to see the Woodstock movie with his Dad, and some of his pearls about his morning meditations. At one point he appeared ready to crowd surf, but the crowd wasn't ready. Despite a couple GA-related incidents with people trying to push to the front (my wife got her hair pulled and another woman I was with was bitten twice), we had a fantastic time. I'm still buzzing and my ears are still ringing. So very grateful to Prince for playing a small venue like this and sharing his off the hook genius with Seattle. Hat's off.
OK OK Those sets are off the chain!!! WHAT? I am like jumping up and down yelling NOWAY!!! WOOOHOOO!!!! I tell you what Larry Graham is in Phoenix this weekend it would be just off the total chain if he shows up for Weds show. hint hint
They did rehearse Dolphin, but NOT "A Love Bizzare." And the "sample set" should be referred to of the band (and two unknown local girls) dancing on stage to Prince standing at a keyboard or soundboard, playing/mixing instrumental bits of his hits together while singing along to them. As for "A Love Bizarre", a brief 20 second snippet was played. The crowd mostly went crazy when 20 second snippets of "I Would Die 4 U" and "Darling Nikki" were played. (No, Prince didn't sing any part of "Darling Nikki".) That said, the nasty Prince is back. There were some pretty serious sound issues during the 2nd show -- most notably the bass during "When We're Dancing Close And Slow" where it just grew to the point where that's all you heard. Prince was visibly pissed the 1st time it happened -- the 2nd time he went back and appeared to admonish his sound guy(s). The 2nd show seemed shorter than the 1st show. He didn't include "Let's Go", "Crimson & Clover" or "Dreamer". The 1st show, the Showbox crew was having issues of some kind so the entire first song and the first few bars of the 2nd song were performed behind the curtain. The crowd still went nuts. Pretty great overall, but I expect tonight to be even better. For those coming to tonight's show, if you're standing up front, bring ear plugs or something to protect your hearing because it is the loudest concert I've ever been to.