PRINCE and 3RDEYEGIRL rumbled through Toronto last night performing TWO shows on the "HITandRUN" Tour with the show just being announced on Saturday and tickets going on sale the day before the shows.
It was a homecoming of sorts for 3RDEYEGIRL guitarist Donna Grantis.
All of the photos were posted on PRINCE's Twitter account, which U should be following!
Multi-instrumentalist and now club entrepreneur. Sheila opened up "The E. Spot Lounge a club/lounge that she is co-owner of, in Studio City last week playing two sold out shows.
Her father Pete "Pops" Escovedo takes over the club on Feb. 4th and there are several acts booked through mid-February and you can access the calendar HERE.
Who is that guy in the back with the beard at the 21:42 mark??? I was just minding my business. Lawd!
We attended the pre-opening party last Thursday where Angela Bassett, Sharie Belafonte, cast members of Grey's Anatomy and others attended the party. When we spoke to Sheila, she was very excited about the club opening and being able to have a spot close to home.
In a recent interview, Sheila also talked about wanting to record a full album in Spanish. You can access the full interview HERE.-DocFB
Diagnosis: We really dig the intimate spot. Reminds us of the old Largo but with better decor and a slightly bigger room.
Anyone paying attention knows that Neil Young, the hipster's favorite classic rocker, can plug in and shread with the best of them. But there was a different, quiet, kind of power on display at his solo acoustic show at the Dolby Theatre (best known for hosting the Oscars) on April 2.
His voice strong and clear, Young riveted the packed house for two hours, playing a variety of guitars, keyboards and harmonicas during the moving 22-song set.
Young ambled across the stage throughout the night, like a grandfather leading the kids on a tour of a cluttered attic, moving from instrument to instrument, at times telling stories, before launching with conviction into another heartfelt song.
Setting aside his reputation as "the godfather of Grunge," Young's perfomance was a testament to the enduring impact of what an accomplished artist can do with just a song, an instrument and a spotlight.
Special to DrFunkenberry.com
Written by Eric Greene.
Somebody call Neil deGrasse Tyson, Janelle Monae just set off the second Big Bang! The Electric Lady lit up the stage last week in a breath-taking concert for a few hundred thrilled fans at the I Heart Radio Theatre in Burbank (the former Tonight Show set). Monae opened with a premiere of "What is Love" from the upcoming RIO 2 soundtrack before leading her nine-piece band on a voyage through crowd-pleasers including "Cold War," "Dance Apocalyptic" "Primetime" and "Q.U.E.E.N."
Indeed, with her combination of indefatigable showmanship, musical versatility, playful inventiveness and commitment to craft in musicianship, design, dancing and more, Monae is by far the most exciting performer to break out since Prince himself. Part James Brown, part Stevie Wonder, part Erykah Badu and ALL Janelle Monae, the exhilarating scope of her artistic ambition defies simplistic categorization. How many artists simultaneously invoke seminal Buddhist texts and Dorothy Dandridge; gnostic Science Fiction and Neo-soul; Hip-Hop and Torch Songs? Monae does it all with a combination of skill, hard work, charisma and that all-too-rare quality in our narcissism-gone-wild culture: humility.
PRINCE & 3RDEYEGIRL performed 2 shows at Ronnie Scott's in London late last night/this morning that is being described as one of the most intimate concerts the icon has ever done. Imagine him performing in your living room. People were that close.
André Rigedahl was there for the second show and had this to say about his experience:
Just over the moon of happiness and joy and live for music!
PRINCE & 3RDEYEGIRL invited us to their living room at Ronnie Scotts and it was a beautiful, intimate and intense experience. And I had the best seat in the house.
They played incredible versions and jams. Including "Nasty Girl" and "The Love We Make" and "Liatach".
He played keyboard for the most part and also did an amazing bass solo borrowing Ida's bass.
12h of queuing - very intense and exhausting but so worth it in the end.
The set list as I remember it.
They started playing "Stratus"
followed by a beautiful version of Liathach which Prince played with his eyes closed
Other songs played as I remember and not necessary in the right order was "The Max" with a "oooooh Funky Londooon” chant and Prince on bass with "Something In The Water (Does Not Compute)"
"Nasty Girl" evolved into a long "Nasty Girl Jam” session with solos from Ida & Donna. A love Bizzare had some really nice saxophone.
"Superstition" -a looong super funky version
Most of the set was Prince on keys, 3EG and Marcus on Sax.
As one of the encores he wanted to play guitar which was all set up and ready to go in the middle of the stage but the sound of his main mic was to high in the center, resulting in feedback and the sound guy could not fix it so instead he went back to the keyboard.
Prince also did some of the sound adjustments and fine-tunings himself during the show.
The played for about 2h and kept playing well after the 3am official closing time.
We also heard he performed "The Whole Of The Moon" by The Waterboys. What???
It seems Prince did pretty much stick the boards and bass the entire night, taking a break from guitar as Marcus Anderson solo'd on "Purple Rain" for good measure...or 17 measures...if you're funky!
Celebrities at the show were Adele, Noel Gallagher (Oasis), Cara Delevingne & Rita Ora.-DocFB
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PRINCE & 3RDEYEGIRl took over KOKO playing multiple shows and even letting some people in for free towards the end of the last show.
— Antony white (@antonywhite3121) February 16, 2014
M Walker also had this to say about show 1: Beyond remarkable! Never disappointed! COMPLETELY worth every penny and the 4 hours queue!
Lianne La Havas guested on the first show as far as we know and Marcus Anderson played sax to "777-9311", his first time playing it with PRINCE & 3RDEYEGIRL. We got a taste of what it sound like last month in Los Angeles.
Gil Deker had this to say about the first show:
Got a first balcony spot with great sight. Set list tonight was great and diversed. Highlights for me were "Something In The Water", "FUNKNROLL" "PLECTRUMELECTRUM" and "Sign O The Times". Prince played killer guitar and bass! Great show overall. Sound was better at King's.
PRINCE & 3RDEYEGIRL just played a show at the Shepherd's Bush Empire in London and from what we have been told, it is one of the best concert's people have ever seen! Did we expect anything less?
Mako Bones, who was at the Electric Ballroom's shows had this to say about tonight's show!
Ok tonight was off the hook! 2 1/2 hours!
I queued for 6 hours to see the bomb! Even George Clinton was in the building in a suit so blinging white it was radiating from the balcony!
Gig started at 8 with 3RDEYEGIRL coming center stage and introducing themselves and gave a speech on wanting to connect with you without seeing your phones. Right on sisters!
Then the funk n roll broke loose!