Legendary music reviewer and interviewer Jon Bream was invited to Paisley Park late Saturday night in Minneapolis to listen to the new "untitled" PRINCE album. Jon Bream was handing Prince awards and accolades long before a majority of the world had a chance to. You could call Bream a Prince historian, so to speak.
Bream wrote about his experience he had late last night for the Star Tribune, also having to write a review for the Bruno Mars show he saw earlier in the night.
Bream talks about the phone call he got to be at Paisley Park around midnight to listen to the new record and how he is now on Prince time. Warner Bros executives unfortunately are not on Prince time and the music icon has had a hard time reaching them in regards to the new album and more than likely the 30th anniversary remastering of "Purple Rain" due for release sometime this year, right WB?
After 1 A.M., Bream was escorted into studio B at Paisley where the 3RDEYEGIRL members were along with their spouses including the producer of the new Prince record, Joshua Welton who Prince described as a rising producer. His tour manager and a Fox 9 reporter were there as well.
PRINCE & 3RDEYEGIRL just opened up their Hit & Run Part II UK tour in Birmingham playing a plethora of hits along with "What's My Name" a hardcore fan hit and the unreleased "Electric Intercourse" and "Empty Room".
It is being reported that during "Electric Intercourse" he would just say "Electric" over again but with no intercourse. Hmm.
I just stood 15 feet from Prince as he sang ELECTRIC INTERCOURSE for the first time in 30 years. What is life?
— S-Endz / Casey Rain (@CaseyRain) May 15, 2014
The show was also filmed professionally with multi-cameras via various comments on the Facebook fan page.
Everyday I'm reminded more and more of why I love @3RDEYEGIRL so much
— deseohh (@deseohh) May 15, 2014
PRINCE-Oakland Photo: NPG Records 2014
It had been nearly a year since PRINCE and 3RDEYEGIRL played 2 nights of back to back shows at DNA Lounge in San Francisco, first introducing the Bay Area to his latest concoction of funk, hard driving guitar and new arrangements of some of his catalog.
Much to the delight of Bay Area fans, Prince and the band were back with a vengeance on Saturday night at Oakland's Fox Theater. Tickets went on sale late Wednesday night and sold out quickly.
Even before the show started, Oakland was determined to give Prince a huge welcome, complete with a 200+ person Prince flash mob performance that took place in front of the theater on Saturday afternoon. The mob, comprised of fans, local residents and students from the theater's adjoining Oakland School for the Arts, danced in sync to a medley of two Prince songs - "Delirious" and "Ain't Gonna Miss U When You're Gone", the latter featuring vocals from Oakland's own Ledisi. Prince would even acknowledge the flash mob during Saturday night's show, asking fans "Who of you was in that flash mob?" and mouthing thank you.
LiV Warfield performed at the Sayers Club last night in Los Angeles, 2 days after setting the Palladium on fire with a show there.
The Palladium show was longer but the Sayers Club still had the same energy of the big show, due to LiV's powerful voice, her band Blackbird, the NPG Hornz, and her two back up singers Saeeda Wright and Ashley Seamster. Ryan Waters guitar skills are no joke!
Warfield kicked off the show with a powerful version of "The Unexpected" quickly followed in succession by "Catch Me If You Can" with LiV coming out of the small stage to interact with the crowd. The stage is so tiny at Sayers, the NPG Hornz were located to the left of the stage.
"Soul Lifter" which was performed on Arsenio was next with Liv belting away at the ballad and getting the crowd behind her more and more each second.
"Don't Say Much" was one of my favorite of the nights with its infectious groove and melody. "Why Do You Lie?" which was debuted on Fallon last month got the crowd pumping their fists while singing along.
All in all, it was a set under an hour which was extremely enjoyable followed by a cool encore with LiV's back up singers performing "Crazy" as Doug E. Fresh laid down his rap over it followed by a beat boxing battle with the drummer.
LiV is an extremely talented singer whose new album "The Unexpected" should be in your collection.-DocFB
Diagnosis: In this day and age of disposable music, we have to support LiV. Her huge band may make it a little more pricey but your ears will thank us later.
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.
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!
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.