Early Saturday morning of July 7th, we get a text asking if we can be at Paisley Park around 3 P.M. for rehearsal. We say yes! Although we didn't arrive til 4:30 P.M., PRINCE & The NPG moved back rehearsal until 7 P.M. for us.
Joshua Welton picks us up from our hotel and sax player BK Jackson jumps in with us as we ride to Paisley Park. Josh says he is gonna drive slow since it is my first time driving with him. Later that night, when we were driving with his wife Hannah Ford-Welton, she asked if "I ever been in a race car before?" 2 different styles for sure!
So me, Joshua, and BK get to the Park and the band is on stage and they all wave to me as Elisa walks by to take her place on stage.
I look to my left and I see PRINCE and his hair behind me at the sound board. They then start to play.
This rehearsal is for one of their 3 Montreux Jazz Festival concerts so, if you do not wish to know set list, do not click or read below!!!
Holy Mother Of G-d! 3rdEyeGirl on Twitter just released this rehearsal version of "Let's Go Crazy Reloaded by PRINCE & 3rd Eye Girl! Thank U Madison Dube!
Man O'Man! PRINCE, Donna Grantis, Hannah Ford-Welton & Ida Nielsen sound amazing on this "Purple Rain" classic.
If this is what we are to expect on the Live Out Loud West Coast Tour....it is going to be rockin' to the 12th power!
Earlier this week, 3rd Eye Girl declared how FUNKY the tour was going to be.
With the "Let's Go Crazy" Reloaded rehearsal, they are right about the heeeir (Hair for the non-funky) being messed up in different directions!-DocFB
Diagnosis: Take Me Away!
Wow. While rehearsing for his "Welcome 2 Chicago" tour dates, Prince & The NPG along with his 11 piece horn section, Prince sent in this beautiful and powerful rendition of "Old Friends 4 Sale" that is stunning to the ears.
To my knowledge, this song has never been performed live. Some of you may know the history of the song, being recorded in the 80's, and before an official version was released in the late 90's, the lyrics were changed. The story goes that the lyrics were too personal, so they were changed. There is a lyric change here as well.
If this is the kind of songs and instrumentation that Chicago can look forward to, these shows are going to be amazing.
I would like to thank PRINCE & The NPG for allowing us to share this with you exclusively. Absolutely beautiful. Very nice.
What do you think of the rehearsal jam of "Old Friends 4 Sale" by PRINCE & The NPG?-DocFB
Wow. PRINCE and the NPG are in rehearsal for the Welcome 2 Australia tour!!! Ticket sales are BLAZING. What started as 3 shows is now up to 6. Australia, how many shows can U handle?
To begin every week of rehearsal, to get the rust off, PRINCE and the band jam one song for 30-45 minutes.
"The Dance Electric" in its original form with vocals will be one of the featured encore songs for the Welcome 2 Australia tour.
Get ready to DANCE!!!
P.S. PRINCE and the band are currently taking requests for desired tunes for the setlist.
So......what do U all want to hear???-DocFB
Jennifer Hudson rehearsed a tribute to Whitney Houston for the Grammys tonight and we are told by people on scene that she broke down at the end of her performance.
Jennifer will be performing a 2-3 minute version of "I Will Always Love You" at the show tonight. Contrary to our report from earlier, Chaka Khan will not be part of the tribute.
We are looking forward to Jennifer's performance tonight and tribute to Whitney. We hope she can power through her emotions of losing a friend and the pain of still losing her own family in recent memory.-DocFB
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We hope you have a good weekend and want to start it off on a good funky note.
Hope you enjoy it.-DocFB
Diagnosis: Hoping Doc's limousine comes through or I might be blue....
Sky Ferreira is a new up and coming singer who is having people produce for her that produce for Britney Spears and Madonna. Why is she getting so much attention?
The 18 year old singer and songwriter shows us her talent belting out "One" in a hotel room on 2 hours sleep.
Her current song "Obsession" is getting spins but SKY is ONE to watch in 2011 for sure.
Check out her rehearsal footage and let us know what you think.-Dr.FB
Here is behind the scenes rehearsal footage of Maroon 5 as they get ready for their upcoming "Hands All Over Tour" which they will not be taking to Arizona.
Maroon 5 has decided to not perform in Arizona due to the controversial Anti-Immigration law there.
So this footage may be all that Maroon 5 fans in AZ get to see.
Check it out above.-Dr.FB