Marathon Man! PRINCE Performs 4 Hour Amazing Show At Palladium


The L.A. Marathon was held on Sunday morning but PRINCE decided to have his own marathon Saturday night with his 3RDEYEGIRL and NEW POWER GENERATION bands.

I could easily just post the set list (Over 60 songs in total) and that could be the review of the material he went through Saturday night but that would be cheating.

On Friday night, Prince and his band performed for under an hour, pulling out one of the longest versions of “Days & Of Wild” I have ever heard and the first time I heard “Extraloveable” live as well. It really was just a small taste of what was to come Saturday night.

The show kicked off with the as yet unreleased “Big City” followed up by NPG Diva Elisa performing “Superconductor” and as the NPG Horns went into “1999”, Hollywood knew what kind of party it was going to be. Prince then picked up Donna Grantis’s guitar for a little bit of chicken scratch and gave it back to her. He would not pick up a guitar again til the last 2 songs of the show.

Prince was in a great mood for the crowd as they went through “Extraloveable”, “Let’s Work”, “Love Machine”, “U Got The Look”, “Nothing Compares 2 U” duet with Shelby J. “Take Me With U” was played as the crowd wanted to go anywhere Prince was willing to take them, achy feet be darned.

As Prince reached into his catalog and songs he wrote for other people, it was like he was turning chapters of how great music was, and how great music is when you have talented musicians around you to perform. From “Purple Rain” being played with a sax solo from Marcus Anderson instead of the usual guitar solo, Prince was not following the script of what “you have to do” when performing a signature song.

He did many songs that I did not hear live before until that night. We don’t need to go into how many shows I have been to but if I have been to another artists show that many times, there is no way I would have heard them do one song I haven’t heard before.

Prince Photo: Kevin Mazure/

Later in the night legendary rapper Doug E. Fresh joined Prince on stage as he would rap over beats like “Hot Thing” and was simply amazing during “If Was Your Girlfriend” and “Forever In My Life” with Prince on keys and then picking up his bass as Doug E. beat boxed. Yea, that script I was talking about, Prince threw it away a long time ago.

Every Prince hit and song you can imagine, he performed. He closed out the show playing guitar with a high energy performance of “Let’s Go Crazy” and “FUNKNROLL” the song he opened up the Arsenio Hall show with last week.

The “FUNKNROLL” remix was played in all its bass glory after the show ended.

When you get wind of Prince playing your town, if you get a months notice or a few hours, find a way there. Someone found out about the show after 8, got dressed, headed down there with a $100 cash ans was in there with no problem. That coulda been you, but you were playing.-DocFB

Diagnosis: For the legendary set list, click here!

Big City
Let’s Work
Love Machine
Nothing Compares 2 U
Take Me With U
Raspberry Beret
Cool/Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough interpolation
The Sweeter She Is
Purple Rain
Mutiny/Ice Cream Castles
Old Friends 4 Sale
People Pleaser
Ain’t Gonna Miss U When U’re Gone
Something In The Water (Does Not Compute)
We’re A Winner
I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)
I Don’t Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing (Open Up The Door, I’ll Get It Myself) (instrumental)
The Jam
The Bird
Jungle Love
The Glamorous Life
Lost & Found W Lianne La Havas

Hot Thing w/ Doug E Fresh
If I Was Your Girlfriend w/ Doug E Fresh
Forever In My Life w/ Doug E Fresh
When Doves Cry
Nasty Girl (instrumental) sample
777-9311 (instrumental) sample
Sign O’ The Times
I Would Die 4 U
Pop Life 1
Alphabet St.
The Most Beautiful Girl In The World sample
A Love Bizarre
Days Of Wild
Ain’t Nobody
Don’t Stop The Music
Family Affair
How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore
The Beautiful Ones
Diamonds And Pearls
Sometimes It Snows In April
Act Of God
What Have You Done For Me Lately
Which Way Is Up?
Dancing Machine
Let’s Go Crazy



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  • cydmiddlesworth
    Posted at 09:09h, 12 March

    This was my third official time seeing Prince in
    concert.The first being all 3 shows at
    the House of Blues (our friend was the manager) in 2011 maybe?, last year in
    Anaheim with 3rdEyeGirl and then of course this past Saturday at the
    Palladium.And while my first 2
    experiences were incredible in their own right, this concert at the Palladium
    was in a class of its OWN.It honestly felt
    like Prince was punishing us with his genius.While I know this will eventually spin off like a bright sparkling star
    into the cosmos of legendary live Prince shows, there was this expression on
    everyone’s face like they were witnessing something historical. And I’m pretty
    sure we were.

    There was the usual chatter pre-concert.  Everyone was nervous that the crowd was too
    small.  Prince wouldn’t be happy.  Then there was the ‘I hope he plays the hits’
    from the new fans and the ‘I hope he digs deep’ from the veterans.  Then Doug E. Fresh started spinning old
    school rap from the back of the room. 
    Well played Prince.  I was tiring
    of their conversation and wanted to dance anyway.

    Also, I thought I was lookin’ good Saturday night, but then
    Prince comes on stage and shames you with his beauty. The man is like some kind
    of mythical creature.  He never tires,
    never sweats, never ages.  I’ve finally
    decided that it’s best to stop trying to figure it out and just enjoy it.

    We were lucky enough to be front row to the right of his
    microphone.  To watch that 4+ hour
    spectacle from that close…there really are NO WORDS.  I would have walked away with my mind blown
    after the main set and first encore.  But
    then he kept coming and coming.  By the 6th
    encore I really DID get freaky and let my hair down.  At one point he said, “Don’t you feel bad for
    the people who aren’t here?”  We all
    scream YES!  And he matter-of-factly
    replies, “I don’t” and then launches into the Beautiful Ones on piano.

    If you were too far and physically couldn’t get there, then
    I am sad for you and I hope he does something anywhere near this epic in a town
    close to you.  The good thing is, if you
    are reading this then you are already in the right place.  Dr. F keeps it real and seems to get the info
    to the people.  But if you live anywhere
    near LA and you were not there?  You
    REALLY missed out.  Because if you’ve
    always wanted to see Prince get downright funky with moves that should
    embarrass the 20- year-old professionals he had on stage, you missed it.  If you’ve always wanted to see Prince sing his
    heartfelt ballads while on piano, sorry you missed it.  If you have always wanted to see Prince rip
    it up on bass, je suis désolé…but you missed it.  If you have always wanted to see him shred on
    guitar, guess what?  He did that
    too.  And you missed it.

    And I’m not taking anything away from 3rd Eye
    Girl and the NPG.  They are crazy
    talented and left it all on the stage Saturday night.  I was so, so, so impressed by all of them.

    The highlights for me? 
    Days of Wild, Partyman, The Sweeter She Is, and Dark.  Although every one of the 60 songs they
    played were stunning displays of musicianship.

    And for those who complained about not being able to take
    pics with their cell phones, I really DO feel bad for you.  Not because you couldn’t take pictures, but
    because you were even thinking about
    that.  I would have gladly crushed my
    phone with my too-tall platforms and lay the remains of wires and glass at his
    golden-heeled feet for one more encore.  Live your lives!

  • Changfilms
    Posted at 08:14h, 11 March

    Myles Matisse   there are a few  bands  that record  the  live  audio/mp3 like  and  then  sell the  live  concert  back  to the  audience  then  just  saw  the  show- say for  25 bucks  then  combine  the  video  data  file  with  it  for  another  25  bucks  and  the  artist  makes  money  money
      that  is  the  future  of  mercy  sales- as  u  make  one  copy  now   and  put  up  at  say,  vimeo  with a  passcode
      sadly  few  artist  do this  now-
    sadly  prince  hates  cellphones  and  did  most  of the  concert was in  the  dark…. so  most of  us  there  could  not take  photos( which  he  do  not  mind )  or  video( which  his  security  kicked  people  out for)
    i went  to  both  friday and  saturday show  with a  friend  who  saw  prince  for the  first  show_ lucky show  –  and  yet  when  he goes home he  cannot hear  most of the  60 songs  played on spotify or  iTunes  as   only  his  80s stuff and  a  scant  singles  from later  are  on there- MISSING ARE 20 ) CDS of  music. and  very  few dvd s  for  sale.
    but  that is  what  he  wants  i guess
     and  yes  he  asked  the  audience  who  wrote the  songs  after  he  sang  the  bird and  jungle  love by the  time
     who  i also  just  saw here in la  in November. he  has  never  done  both  those songs  in a  concert that i know

  • Myles Matisse
    Posted at 01:04h, 11 March

    Looks like it was an amazing show. You know what would be even more amazing and much needed to spread the Prince music/show word throughout the world? That would be if Prince would get a production team together to FILM his next 4 hour show. The Palladium would’ve been a perfect place to do it. Unfortunately, I’m sure it didn’t happen. But, hopefully someone can get the word to Prince that his legendary shows like the one above should be FILMED professionally with multi-cameras and released on DVD/Blu-Ray!!! I’m saddened that he doesn’t have more live films on DVD out there in the marketplace of the world and in all the wrecka stows. I’m sure he’s got his reasons though. Still disappointing.

    The set list looks amazing. A bit too many covers for my taste, but then again, Prince has his reasons to do more covers. Personally, in a perfect world, the only covers I’d love him to play would be songs he’s written for other artists. The Time 
    song, COOL comes to mind that he performed.

    Thanks Doc for keeping Prince and his and related news alive. If it weren’t for you, there’d be no one left that gives as much time, energy and soul to Prince, his music and the continuing legacy of an absolute musical genius and the VERY BEST MUSICIAN AND ARTIST ON THE ENTIRE PLANET…EVER…PERIOD.

  • SugarL
    Posted at 16:15h, 10 March

    SERIOUSLY, If I Got Word That PRINCE Was Playing NOT FAR FROM ME & I Had The FUNDS & The MEANS, Unless I’d Gotten Confirmation Telling Me That The Were NO MORE TIX AVAILABLE WHATSOEVER & “U STILL Can’t Get In, No Matter How CUTE Ur Butt-Cheeks R!”, Only GOD Could’ve Stopped Me! I Couldn’t Be In That Situation That A LOT Of People Have Found Themselves In B/c They “Missed The Boat”, I’d Rather Be In The Category Of “Dazed & Confused”, Not Knowing What Just HIT ME & RAN! Props 2 Those Who Got 2 Witness This INSANE Show! NEVER CEASES 2 AMAZE. There Wouldn’t Be Enuff Words In A 4hr Definition That Can Describe This Incredible Man & What He Does~<3

  • mrgooodnight
    Posted at 15:49h, 10 March

    purplerock20ten – I had to laugh at your comment. I phoned my wife after the 1st Manchester gig and said I was going back the following night – “too much” she said – “is one night not enough?” – it took 14 years of marriage to bite my tongue and simply say “one night is never enough” 🙂  #princearmy & respect

  • Chocolatsis65
    Posted at 14:32h, 10 March

    Did Lianne do the song or did they duet together?? ahh that would have been dreamy! Nice mix of covers and his tunes. Sounds like another awesome night.

    Should have moved to LA last November instead of tHiS OnE! I have had enough of the cold….people.  Can u SaY paSSivE-aggResive lol I’m sure we won’t see any of that in LA eh Doc? JK whateves, come what may in the words of Ms. La Havas I’m gone gone gone

  • princelover
    Posted at 14:00h, 10 March

    Totally, totally agree 20ten there is no one like him PERIOD. …….

  • purplerock20ten
    Posted at 13:31h, 10 March

    mrgooodnight so true! I think we all know the weird glances of friends when we tell them “I went to three Prince concerts last week”, and the inevitable reply is “you are crazy., One show has to be enough, surely they are all the same”. And then you tell them this is not the case and you can see in their faces they don’t believe you … they just cannot grasp the genius of Prince!!

  • purplerock20ten
    Posted at 13:27h, 10 March

    Ever since I first read about this show yesterday my mind has been totally blown … speechless. NO ONE COMES CLOSE TO PRINCE LIVE!!!! NO ONE!!!!

  • Changfilms
    Posted at 12:15h, 10 March

    princelover and who was  lucky  was  my  friend  who  it  was  his  FIRST PRINCE  SHOW
    fyi  it  was  3 hours  and  15  minutes  but  one  hour  is  added  to the daylight  savings  time that  night

  • Changfilms
    Posted at 12:07h, 10 March

    princelover   thanks  and  i was  lucky- as i  paid  for  fridays  show  and  he  played one  hour  friday-

    –  i  first  heard  about these  show  28 years  ago when  prince  played  my homeotwn of  boston  at a  small club…  his  only  USA  tour  date  for the  parade  tour- then missed these  club dates over the years after reading  about  them in newspapers- yes  i am  old-  til i saw  him at  glam slam LA  in  95  once but  only a short hour  gig-  so yes  lucky  after  28  years  of  trying  to  find  these  gigs-

  • princelover
    Posted at 11:56h, 10 March

    Man who ever got to attend this marathon you are so lucky I wish I was there

  • Changfilms
    Posted at 10:09h, 10 March

    i was  there  amazing  and  prince  also  did the  times   cool  which  he  wrote  and  ask by the  end  WHO  WROTE  THIS  SONG

  • mrgooodnight
    Posted at 09:42h, 10 March

    Just can’t stop smiling at the thought of that set list. Manchester 2nd night was my personal highlight of 25 years of Prince concert going. Much love and respect for conveying what many don’t understand – that you won’t ever get the same thing twice with Prince and THAT is one of the many things that makes him stand (metaphorical) head and shoulders above every other artist.

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