PRINCE along with the NEW POWER GENERATION, 3RDEYEGIRL, and JANELLE MONAE closed out a 3 night affair at the Mohegan Sun Arena with quite a bit of flair.
The purple icon took the stage with Janelle earlier in the night to perform their duet "Givin' Em What They Love" and he was rolled out on a dolly!
Andy Allo performed at Hotel Cafe on Monday, the last night of her residency to a packed house. Seconds after she took the stage, Prince glided in to catch the show.
Andy Allo kicked off her 45+ minute set with a new song that was quite beautiful but no title was given. Next was a funky version of "Yellow Gold" from her album "Superconductor" followed by a rock-sounding "Wait In Vain" by Bob Marley. Allo followed that up with another song from Superconductor, the beautifully-tinged "Nothing More" which I was extremely happy to hear live.
29 years ago today, on June 25th, 1984 an album was released that changed the landscape of music. That album is "Purple Rain" by Prince & The Revolution.
"When Doves Cry" was released on May 16, 1984 and dominated radio becoming the song of the summer and giving "Purple Rain" the album and movie, the promotion it needed with just that one song. It helped that the album had immensely strong material.
But what if "Purple Rain" was something like a relationship? How would it go?
PRINCE & 3rdEyeGirl brought the funk n roll to the City National Grove of Anaheim yesterday for 2 shows. If you're smart and in the area, you will be at The Grove tonight for the last of a 2 night stand.
Out of all the venues I have seen the Live Out Loud tour at, the Grove is definitely the loudest. You might want to bring ear plugs. Don't worry, PRINCE's guitar and voice can be heard clearly on the Grove's system. Also, The Grove is taking PRINCE's wishes of no photography VERY seriously. They are on it. So seriously that I had to write my review and set list old school style...on pen and paper. Not so easy in the dark...and my handwriting isn't exactly that great!
The Grove had their stuff together. There seemed to be a mix up with the wristbands for the pit area for the second show but not going to mention what it was so no one tries it tonight and I'm sure the Grove will have that in order as well. Classy V.I.P. area and treatment compared to Las Vegas & San Diego. That extra touch makes things that much more enjoyable.
I will come back in further detail to give a review but will say that both shows were high energy for 3rdEyeGirl and the Orange County crowd. During "Purple Rain" when PRINCE felt the crowd was not loud enough, he said "we are a little bit far from Hollywood, let me hear your voices" and that might be why there is no Los Angeles tour date at all (yet) on this tour. The industry crowd would be too cool to sing along when we all know it is better together.
If you were at the shows, please share your thoughts and reviews in the comments section. Thank you.
In the middle of the 2nd show, the set list changed dramatically, as you can see below by clicking on the continue reading button.-DocFB
P.S. Special shout out to Tony Kanal of No Doubt who was in heaven with this band and the set lists. Tony knows his P shhh and was great being able to talk to him and get his thoughts on stuff. Great guy. Great musician.
Diagnosis: Cali4nia...knows how 2 party....
PRINCE & 3rdEyeGirl took over San Diego Saturday Night for the 2nd night of a 2 night residency at the Hard Rock where they performed an early show and a late show. After the late show, they shot a video for "FIXURLIFEUP" directed by Sanaa Hamri.
The high energy of San Diego was perfect as the entire early show was filmed and the 2nd half of the late show was filmed as well.
3rdEyeGirl opened the early show with "Let's Go Crazy", "Endorphinemachine", "Screwdriver" "She's Always In My Hair" and then went into "Liathach" a cover by Jo Hamilton.
During the performance of "FIXURLIFEUP" a new lyric video for the song was played in the background that featured Hannah & Josh Welton & the 3rdEyeGirl crew getting into a shoving match along with pieces of history. Towards the end of the video flashed several words such as "Love", "Gun Control", "Peace" and ending with "New World Translation" before PRINCE went into "Bambi" which saw him and Donna Grantis play the guitar between their legs. The crowd was eating it up.
After "Bambi" PRINCE asked the crowd to give them a minute to tune up and they will be right back. What looked like was happening is it gave the camera crew time to change out discs from their equipment. When they continued, they played "Sometimes It Snows In April" with PRINCE on guitar.
Prince asked if they can keep the groove right there for a moment as he say behind the keys and went into "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore" followed by a short version of "Adore" and a short version of "Purple Rain" with PRINCE talking about this being strange times in America right now and it is better if everyone is getting along to the same thing. "It is all about music, music, music" PRINCE proclaimed as he got the crowd to join in with him.
For the encore, he was joined by Damaris Lewis for "U Got The Look" along with Van Jones later on, ending the first show with a "Ooh San Diego" chant along with "Ain't nothing like a purple party because a purple party don't stop"...but it just did. Unless you were going to show 2.
PRINCE started off the second show with a "Shhh" to the crowd before playing "Breakdown" with the curtain closed and when the curtain opened, he was behind the boards playing hidden while 3rdEyeGirl was on stage. Phenomenal song. Cannot wait for it to be released. Just like that, the curtain closed. It re-opened a minute later with PRINCE sitting on top of the drum kit, unlike the first show where he started it off by jumping off the left speaker.
After a guitar-shredding version of "Let's Go Crazy", 3rdEyeGirl went into "Let's Go" by The Cars and then "Crimson & Clover". When PRINCE took off his guitar he also signaled for the left of the crowd to take off his jacket. Some reached for his hand first but PRINCE let them know the jacket. The left side came off quick and PRINCE turned for them to take off the right and it seemed to be coming off but also seemed like PRINCE was holding on to it a little bit so it wouldn't come off. When it finally did, PRINCE made sure he was holding on to it and pretended to put it by the speaker but putting it on the other side of the stage, signing "You must think I'm crazy giving you my jacket as a souvenir." That almost happened with his guitar in the first show.
The groove to "Crimson & Clover" and "Wild Thing" was still playing as Ida went into "I'll Take You There" by The Staple Singers. PRINCE was tuning Ida's bass where he had to get some of that groove and asked for Ida's bass as he laid down "I'll Take You There" as well.
PRINCE gave the bass back to Ida and took his place behind the keys for "Nothing Compares 2 U" and I believe he said "It's been 7 hours and 13 years" although it could have been days, I think he said years. Not too big of a deal but noticed it.
He then went into "The Max" which was a longer version than Friday's and he took it to church in the end.
Following "I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man", "Guitar" and "Plectrum Electrum" PRINCE played a very long version of "When We're Dancing Close & Slow", really taking his time with it. During the song, he took a towel and gently dabbled Ida's face to take off the sweat and offered it to Donna before taking his place in front of the microphone where it seemed he captivated the audience with the song...and where he would throw the towel. It was to the left front of the stage btw.
PRINCE closed out the set by going into "Bambi" and took a while for the encore. Stating while the curtain was still up" San Diego, I'm going to hurt you. You're gonna make me hurt you. You're gonna be soaking your feet tomorrow. He went into "Nasty Girl" with Damaris Lewis strutting her stuff on stage to a very long sample of the song. Then came a lot of people as PRINCE went into "When Doves Cry", "Hot Thing", "A Love Bizzare", a snippet of "Love" followed by "Housequake", "I Would Die 4 u", "Pop Life", "Shockadelica" with PRINCE singing a few verses before going into "Xtraloveable" with PRINCE proclaiming "How do you like me now?" Well PRINCE, we like you now and "Living Out Loud".
We thought the show was over and was saying my goodbye's as we were then told to get back to the pit area as 3rdEyeGirl wants to shoot a music video. We figured it was for "FIXURLIFEUP" and Sanaa Hamri came out letting us know about the video and to not take any photos. This was done by Damaris Lewis before show 1 and by Hannah Welton before show 2.
PRINCE came out dressed in black wearing the bee keeper shades. The song was lip synced but it was a video. They did it in one take and PRINCE asked if he could play one song for the crowd. After a few moments, they went into "COOL" with PRINCE changing the lyrics to dining in "San Diego" which was to the delight of a few hundred that stayed around to be a part of the video.
I know a few people have been asking me when the video would come out and will it get a proper release. Sanna is so good, I would expect the video along with an iTunes release (Finally!) by the end of May, perhaps even around the Billboard Awards May 19th.
The "Live Out Loud" tour hits Anaheim May 7th & 8th followed by Denver May 12th and 13th before finishing up in Minneapolis May 25th.-DocFB
Diagnosis: FIXURLIFEUP & Be Xtraloveable....
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PRINCE & 3rdEyeGirl brought the Live Out Loud tour to the Hard Rock San Diego Friday night for a 2 night stand that will consist of 4 shows. 2 of those shows happened last night at the Hard Rock.
3rdEyeGirl was late starting but PRINCE promised to make up for it and he more than did, performing for 88 minutes for a first show that was the best of what I have seen of the tour so far. When he took the stage, he was looking for someone..or someone's as the case would be. It was 4 beautiful women ironically standing next to me.
3rdEyeGirl ripped into "Let's Go Crazy", "Endorphinemachine", "Screwdriver", and then a "ooh San Diego" chant mixed in with "Stratus" and then it was time to talk about those beautiful girls.
PRINCE talked about how beautiful San Diego is and that upon arrival, he ran into 4 beautiful women that all had beautiful smiles. He invited them to the show and said this song is dedicated to those 4 beautiful women before going into "Purple Rain" and those 4 beautiful women were having the time of their lives last night.
After that, PRINCE went into a beautiful version of "Nothing Compares 2 U" with Donna Grantis providing a crazy beautiful solo to accompany it. PRINCE then went into his vast catalog while performing on the keys and pulled out "The Max" which kept the party moving.
During "I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man" he changed guitars and during the line of "It hurt me so bad when she told me with tears in her eyes" he took the guitar plug and pretended it was a tear before plugging it in. People went nuts for that.
PRINCE also performed an extra funky version of "Alphabet St." which was awesome. For the encore, he brought out model Damaris Lewis to dance during "Nasty Girl" and about 12 other dancers.
The show was high energy and we enjoyed ourselves completely.
The second show kicked off with "Let's Go Crazy", "Endorphinemachine" and a super extended version of "She's Always In My Hair" complete with "Go Ida" chants from the crowd on her bass solo. PRINCE then sat behind the keys and went into a soulful version of "The Love We Make" which transitioned into "Guitar" with him taking center stage again for the song. That was followed by "Plectrum Electrum", "FIXURLIFEUP", and then "I Like It There" which at one point made PRINCE lay down on the stage and take it all in.
Then PRINCE played "Purple Rain" and something happened that has never happened in the 100+ times I have seen him perform. PRINCE wanted us to be there now. Don't think about yesterday. Don't think about tomorrow. Don't think about your troubles. Be here now. I looked around me and behind me. I saw there was a person who was in a wheelchair standing up with his 2 female friends and he was crying. I brought my eyes back to the stage and was there in the moment. I'm not sure if it was seeing what was going on around me, but....I started to cry. Never has that happened with that song with any other band of his. So Donna, Hannah, Ida, and Princah, thank you for moving me. It may not have been dedicated to me but last night,but it sure felt like it was.
There is something special about this band and last night proved it to me in many ways. The crowd would not let them go and even wanted more after 2 encores in which he played "2Y2D" and "Cause & Effect" while director Sanaa Hamri looked on from the side of the stage.
San Diego, if you're still wanting more, come to the Hard Rock tonight as there is an early show and late show before 3rdEyeGirl comes to Anaheim and Denver before closing out the tour in Minneapolis May 25th.-DocFB
Diagnosis: Hard Rock In A Funky Place!
For set lists, click on the continue reading button below
PRINCE & 3rdEyeGirl turned up the heat in Arizona, joined by Larry Graham again.
— Carla Chavarria (@_IDREAM_) May 2, 2013
For the set list and reviews, click on the continue reading button below.-DocFB
Diagnosis: The Funk Train To Graham Central Station....
PRINCE & 3rdEyeGirl rocked the FUNK out of the DNA Lounge tonight! Those who had to wait til the 2nd night, I don't know how you are able to sleep tonight!
For the set-lists of both shows, click on the continue reading button and for reviews, please leave yours in the comments section!-DocFB
Diagnosis: DNA Revisited.....
Here are photos from last night's kick off show for the Live Out Loud Tour by PRINCE & 3rdEyeGirl in Vancouver.
She's Always In My Hair
I Could Never Take The Place Of Ur Man
I Like It There
When We're Dancing Close and Slow
Cause and Effect
ENCORES EARLY SHOW
Let's Go Crazy
ENCORES LATE SHOW
Let's Go Crazy
As for reviews, we are leaving that in your hands. Since these shows are meant for the hardcore fans, you would understand them better than the pencil pushers.
Here is a review from DJ SKEE, photos and set list from the camp as well.
So please share your reviews below in the comments section. Also, click on the continue reading button for MORE photos!!!-DocFB
Diagnosis: 32 Shows Left!