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15Jan
2013
41

PRINCE & The NPG Are About to Heat Up Minneapolis!!!

PRINCE-2012 NPG RECORDS

MINNEAPOLIS IS ABOUT 2 HEAT UP BIGTIME!!

PRINCE AND THE NPG ARE HAVING AN OPEN REHEARSAL AT THE DAKOTA JAZZ CLUB!!!

The group Fun. has rented out Paisley Park so rather than stop rehearsals Prince decided to move the band downtown

Witness 1st hand what happens as Prince and The New Power Generation gear up for their next tour. (We told you 2013 was going to be big!)

Here is a list of what will be going down at the Dakota Jazz Club this week:

Wednesday Night Soundcheck: New drummer audition and Improvisational Music. Also, DJ Rashida will spin new, unreleased music. 2 shows: 8 P.M. & 11. P.M. Tickets $70.00

Thursday Night: JAM!!! (consider this the afterparty vibe) 2 shows 8 P.M. & 11 P.M. tickets $100-$150

FRIDAY: .......Surprise!! (don't miss this!) 2 shows 8 P.M. & 11 P.M. Tickets $200-$250

Tickets go on sale at 12 noon Central Time Today Jan. 15th  HERE.

UPDATE:  TIX ARE SOLD OUT FOR ALL SHOWS!!!!!

Minneapolis, sounds like you are in for a FUN FUNKY Time!!!!

Also, on Wednesday night, 9 Central, there will be a spreecast with Drfunkenberry. Last week's show was watched by 35,000 people so far.

Make sure to tune in HERE.

Minneapolis, are U ready?-DocFB

Diagnosis:  Fun. At the Park?  Hmm.  

11May
2012
19

PRINCE Rocks Australia, Talks Why Everyone Should Experience “Purple Rain” Live & Madonna

Prince Photo: AP Images For NPG Records 2012
Prince Photo: AP Images For NPG Records 2012

Prince Photo: AP Images For NPG Records 2012

Last night, PRINCE performed an almost 25 minute version of the song he feels everyone should experience live, "Purple Rain", leaving Australian concertgoers in awe.

"Everybody should experience this song in concert at least once in their lives," he told TheFIX. "No one experience is the same."

Even though he hasn't taken the stage in Australia since 2003, he feels this trip will be the best because of his crew.  

"These people are sooo much fun!  We actually enjoy one another's company and it's reflected onstage every night."

He talks about songs that used to bore him performing. "It used to be 'Little Red Corvette' until we re-worked it into a slow blues,"  "It's hot now. A good example of song evolution over time. We actually know better what the song is about now."

Hmm.  You mean it wasn't about a.....ahhh  nevermind.

His favorite live music right now is Lianne La Havas, his guitarist Mr. (Andy) McKee, support act Delilah and Andy Allo.  His all time favorite?  Bass legend Larry Graham.  "He reminds us all of what was great in the past.  "Everyone who meets him has the same response. He's a kind man who is always encouraging. After a shred with him you feel like you can conquer anything."

Prince even brought up Madonna, one of the big 3 of music acts from the good ol' days, the 80's, and her success, although different than his.  "Every artist approaches this from a different angle,"  "[Madonna] has actually become quite successful on her own terms.

He even talks proudly of his first and former record label Warner Bros.

"To us, [credibility] is all subjective. I started off primarily as a live performer, who mastered the studio at an early age by actually owning one.

"Warner Bros. granted rights unheard of at the time that allowed us the freedom to produce music unencumbered. Working without a net or a ceiling benefits us greatly. Thus, music became a real job, not a hobby.

Although Prince and Madonna are still around, 2 of the 80's biggest stars, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston unfortunately, are not.

When asked why he did not have a similiar fate, he asks the interviewer to watch a youtube clip of the author of "Eat, Pray, Love" Elizabeth Gilbert.  We provided the video below.

"The music we create supports families and dreams. Both of which are quite big now."


For the full set list from the 1st Sydney show, and to download a HQ version of the photo above, click the continue reading button...

2Dec
2011
4

Official Prince/NPG Montreal Afterjam! Tickets On Sale Now!

Prince Montreal After Jam In French

Montreal, Prince is having an official NPG afterparty tonight at Club Newtown with a performance by Marla Joy & DJ Rashida will be putting you in the mix.

You know the Doc with DJ Rashida had to hook you up with the info to make sure you can go.

Tickets online are $50 now and will be $60.00 at the door until 1 a.m. where we hear the price will go up after 1.

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!!!!!!

The party is expected to get started at 11 p.m. and will be rocking til 4 a.m.

It is going to be a fun and funky night for sure, Montreal.-DocFB

Diagnosis: Oh, Montreal.......

14May
2011
18

Prince, Stevie, Janelle, After Show, NYC, & North Sea

Sheila E., Stevie Wonder & Prince Photo: Mickey President Copyright NPG Records 2011
Sheila E., Stevie Wonder & Prince Photo: Mickey President Copyright NPG Records 2011

Sheila E., Stevie Wonder & Prince Photo: Mickey President Copyright NPG Records 2011

What a night.  Janelle Monae opening for Prince and guesting with him on stage and then......after midnight....Stevie Wonder!  The icon took center stage with Sheila E. and Prince to a funky rendition of "Superstition" to the crowd's delight.

Stevie jammed on harmonica and did lead vocals with Prince and Sheila backing him up til Stevie wanted to play and they lead him to the keyboards as Prince played bass.  Amazing.

Ahh.. But it wasn't over!  Shortly, after 2 a.m., Prince and Janelle Monae took over the Forum club with Shelby and the NPG.

Prince played drums over the track DJ Rashida was spinning to kick it off while the Prince's band and Janelle's got into place. 

Shelby was asking the crowd how are they feeling over "Can You Feel It" by the Jacksons.  "If you don't wanna party, I'm gonna give you 2 minutes to leave" Shelby said and let them know some "Brown Skin" was going to be happening up in this place.

"Til the sun came up" was the chant Shelby started n it continued almost until that time. 

After the chant it led into, "It Takes 2" with a funky bass solo by Ida Neilson.  It continued with "Got My Mind Made Up" with Prince on the boards and singing.  Prince then went to the far end of the stage as Janelle came up with a cool hat on. 

Janelle sings "It's like a river...love is not a fantasy..."  very heartfelt.

As Janelle gives it up for the NPG, Prince finds himself behind the boards again as the band kicks into "Stratus" then "Superstition" with Shelby J. on lead vocals.  "Brown Skin" is finally unleashed on us. 

Deacon Prince asks if sister Monae wants to say anything and she replies "I just want to say I've seen the light."  Prince and Morris joke around saying "Amen" and "Hey Man" and then Prince is just cracking jokes left and right like it was about to turn into comedy hour at the Forum.

" Janelle Monae and Stevie Wonder. Stop the presses.  Tell me I am not in heaven." is Prince's only reply after what was just laid down.  A freestyle from George 2.0 as Janelle Monae and Shelby perform "Outstanding" with Prince smiling and having a good time.

Prince, Shelby, and Janelle leave with chants of "Til the sun came up" ringing through the club.

What a night.  Eddie Murphy, Paula Abdul, Taylor Dayne, Sanaa Hamri and others were enjoying the night.

As we were there Prince news was being told to us that we want to share:

Prince will be attending the American Ballet Theatre Gala in NY on Monday.  Prince and the NPG recently donated $250,000 to them and it is being reported that the musical directors are in meetings with Prince.  We are sure they are not talking bout what their favorite salad is!

Prince will be playing the North Sea Jazz Festival and Poland.  All other dates that have been talked about, we cannot confirm with Prince's people.   We know we are slow to post shows outside the U.S. but until we get confirmation, we do not like to put the dates out there.  We apologize but it is better to be patient with overseas matters and get the correct information. 
Hope you understand.

Prince will be returning to Los Angeles after a week in Fresno and San Jose.  The dates that will see 21 Nights return is May 27th, 28th, and 29th, for Memorial Day Weekend. 

There is going to be more Inglewood swinging and we wonder if any more club shows like what happened at the Troubadour this past week.  A Doctor can only hope.-Dr.FB

Diagnosis:  Was I really on stage tonight?

30Aug
2009
3

What A Night!

Katy Perry 08/29/09 In Los Angeles Photo: CB
Katy Perry 08/29/09 In Los Angeles Photo: CB

Katy Perry 08/29/09 In Los Angeles Photo: CB

OK, so I got my Perry Cherry popped tonight as I went to my first Katy Perry show. Amazing! Mic trouble during the first song but the rest was hot like soup!

More info on that and way more photos later today. Kim Kardashian and Miley Cyrus along with a few others were there. When I look at the pics, will let you know.

After Katy, I went to Kiss n Grind where Questlove, DJ Vicktor, and DJ Rashida were spinning. It was at a place called Church and I understand why they call it that; after parking, you are praying your car is still there when you get back. Chuuuuuurch! Yep, I am preaching. Love to support you guys but wish it was at Avalon or Bardot.

Listen, I need to get a little bit of sleep and hoping no other celeb dies while I take a nap. I sometimes feel I am not running a celeb web site but a celeb death watch lately. Seriously.

See you guys soon and much love to Adam & Michael. Peace.-Dr.FB

10Feb
2009
13

Exclusive! Just Dance; Prince’s Grammy After-Jam With Whitney Houston

( We did get a review! This was sent in to us!)
 
o whatta nite!

We'd been hoping the rumors were true about a potential 77 afterjam Sunday nite. We got the word last minute: it's on!

As guests like Tyler Perry, Herbie Hancock and Jennifer Gordon (you'll know who she is real soon, trust us) mingled in the kitchen, we heard a few strums of an acoustic guitar around the corner in the ballroom. How cool is this -- a surprise acoustic set with Prince on guitar, Shelby J and Liv Warfield on vocals and tambourine and Frederic Yonnet on harmonica. They opened with "North Carolina," Shelby J.'s theme song. Inside track on this song is that Prince and Shelby are really taking their time about creating classic material before recording Shelby's debut CD. They've dabbled in the studio but after fleshing the tunes out in a live setting, the songs take on a life of their own. Expect big things from this project. The quartet stopped briefly to congratulate a newcomer to the party, Whitney Houston, on her triumphant return to the stage the previous night during the pre-Grammy Bash at the Beverly Hilton.

After a few down-home jams, Prince -- still strumming and singing --  led the procession downstairs to where the rest of the band was already set up in the basement.

Without dropping a beat the crew kicked into "Ol Skool Company" , a new song from the fourthcoming MPLSound CD This is gonna be 2009's "Days of Wild", people. Seriously, it's treacherous.
Let's pray Yonnet stays with this bunch because his virtuosity on the harmonica gives this band a mature sound that is somewhat lacking when Renato Neto isn't present. Sidenote: Marva King, we were told, is no longer with the band. She is bowing out to pursue solo endeavors. Liv Warfield gave her all and then some on the song "When Will We be Paid." Sounding like a younger version of Mavis Staples in her heyday (think Wattstax), this sister is a more than able replacement. Other highlights from the night included Anthony Hamilton lending his soul to the brew...at one point saying "Prince's karaoke night is the hardest. Me and Cee-lo still having nightmares 'bout the last time we were here." We love us some Ant...brother you can't do no wrong! 

"Bridge Over Troubled Water" (the Aretha Franklin arrangement, not Simon and Garfunkel although they wrote it) really got the crowd teary-eyed. Another point that should be mentioned is that hearing Prince rip through classic cover instrumentals like "Stratus" or "Frankenstein" is always gonna be a treat because they take on an otherworldliness that can only happen when dipped in purple. Boy must have gotten some new pedals or something because there were sounds coming from that guitar that sometimes turned into color. Sounds crazy but true.

 

The room filled up with faces familiar and not, groovin' to  "Crimson & Clover", "I'm Going Down" "Long Train Running" and "Kiss" Dance joint of the night tho was "Hollywood Swinging." They just couldn't stop that sucka, no matter how hard they tried. Everyone -- the servers, DJ Rashida , the security, even the housekeepers -- YES everybody was dancing!  Nobody outdanced The Twinz' mother tho, who, dressed in white, was auditioning for her daughters' vacated spot.

It seemed like one big family, everyone chill,  having fun regardless of background, age, gender, race, social status. None of that mattered. It felt a lot like any Prince concert -- music is the bond that unites us all. Being in a room of totally satisfied people cannot b overstated. It's utter bliss. Try it sometime. Invite your favorite people over and put on some of your favorite music and just dance. Don't even think about it, just dance. Like Holly Robinson, Sanaa Lathan, Chris Tucker, Bria Valente, and her handsome and gracious father, Tyler and Whitney did...just dance.

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Wow.  Sounds amazing.  Only thing missing is me....and 5,000 of my friends!   Thanks to the no-name reporter who sent this in.-DR.FB
30Dec
2008
1

Sheila E. Glams It Up At The Conga Room

Here it is: Video of Sheila E. & DJ Rashida at the Conga Room Dec. 26th.

Rock? Rock! Holly Rock? Everybody wanna Holly Rock? You know this!-Dr.FB
Video provided by frolab.com