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!
We don't think Victoria Justice was kissing her "BFB" (Best Friends Brother) over the weekend in L.A., but we don't know if Ryan Rottman is her BFB.
The actress/singer who has a hit with "BFB" was in L.A., taking a break from filming "Fun Size" with Chelsea Handler, who plays her mom in the film due in 2012.
Ryan Rottman is no slouch himself, starring in "TeenNick" on the Nickelodeon channel. For those that do not know, Victoria stars in "Victorious" which also airs on Nickelodeon.-Dr.FB
Diagnosis: Disney Better Watch Out For Nick
Prince announced last week that he'll be playing a Twenty One Nite stand in the Los Angeles area as part of his Welcome 2 America concert tour. We got more details today in a press release from LiveNation. Highlights include:
- The first 3 shows will be at The Forum in Los Angeles, CA on Thursday, April 14, Thursday, April 21, and Friday, April 22. Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, April 12 at 10am Pacific time via ticketmaster.com.
- In an effort to make the show affordable for all of his fans, Prince has declared that roughly 85% of all tickets will be available at $25, inclusive of all service fees.
- Citi cardmembers will have access to preferred seats through Citi's Private Pass Program. For complete details visit citiprivatepass.com
No word yet on who the special guests will be for each show, but past artists in New York, Oakland and the Carolinas have included Esperanza Spalding, Maceo Parker, Graham Central Station, Santana, Lalah Hathaway, Cee Lo Green, Cassandra Wilson, and Sheila E.
So that's 3 shows we know of so far, 18 more to go. LiveNation says that additional L.A. dates and special guests will be announced shortly. We're loving those ticket prices because that means more purple hippies will be able to go multiple shows.
And don't forget to tune into the Lopez Tonight show on TBS this Wednesday night to catch Prince and the NPG performing live.
Hold on 2 your wigs, y'all! It's about 2 get funky. - Dr.FB
Diagnosis: L.A. Will Never Be The Same. Never!
Update: I want to send an apology to Prince and his camp and Drfunkenberry readers. We were sent this fantastic image over the weekend along with other information. Unfortunately, it hit an old email address and was not posted/shared as quickly as we normally do. This problem has been taken care of n the Dr. takes responsibility on his end n rest assured, as soon as we get info, it will be shared with DrFunkenberry.com
David Beckham, who was sporting a new 'doo before the game for the Galaxy this weekend has announced he will be not moving to Milan, Italy and will stay in Los Angeles.
David Beckham along with wife Victoria Beckham say it is for the betterment of the children. I smell something funny and this time, it is not Victoria. If it was for the children, wouldn't it have been discussed when they were all up about Italy earlier this year? Me thinks that Beckham's value has gone down in Italy and his value here is still high.
Soccer still has not caught on as much as people thought when Beckham was signed by the Los Angeles Galaxy but he is still a hot commodity when it comes to the city of L.A. and fashion. Plus, he looks really good in suits, doesn't he?-Dr.FB
This just in from a no-name reporter....
Calling all Purpleheadz: ready to get plugged in?
From the 24th on, there will be a slew of NPG-related events happening around electric LAlaland.
We don't want to give away the details yet, but be prepared to get yo' groove on, numerous ways for numerous days.
We know $ is tight but the adventures will be worth your while!
Stay tuned for this outtaspacestation...
Thanks for the the tip. Will be waiting for more info before I do anything but sounds like fun! Peace.-Dr.FB