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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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 $250,000 to them and it is being reported that the musical directors are in meetings with Prince. We are sure they are not talking bout what their favorite salad is!
Prince will be playing the North Sea Jazz Festival and Poland. All other dates that have been talked about, we cannot confirm with Prince's people. We know we are slow to post shows outside the U.S. but until we get confirmation, we do not like to put the dates out there. We apologize but it is better to be patient with overseas matters and get the correct information.
Hope you understand.
Prince will be returning to Los Angeles after a week in Fresno and San Jose. The dates that will see 21 Nights return is May 27th, 28th, and 29th, for Memorial Day Weekend.
There is going to be more Inglewood swinging and we wonder if any more club shows like what happened at the Troubadour this past week. A Doctor can only hope.-Dr.FB
Diagnosis: Was I really on stage tonight?
Prince is upset with Dania Ramirez. Either Dania or director Sanaa Hamri leaked Prince's new tune titled: "$"
The 3 of them were in the process of creating a video for the song when someone (No one has come forward as of yet) leaked the song online.
In these days when piracy is rampant, the thought of one of the main dance trax from the new cd titled "Lotusflow3r" leaking ahead of schedule makes the heart stop!
We are being asked if you come across the song online, please pretend you never read this post and delete the song immediately without listening. Please wait for the offical CD release...which will be any day now.
If you can...
(This tip was sent in by a no-name reporter and...I really really don't think I can. Will you all have more self control than me if found?-Dr.FB)
This Just In!
Prince Dressed in yellow & black, (in honor of his new “H.C.” mascot status) has been following the Honey Collective around like a groupie.
He may attend Goa sometime Tuesday night with a few members of his band. They have been in town rehearsing for a book release party to be held outdoors at his newly acquired Beverly Hills crib. (More on that later.)
What’s the allure of the Honey Collective? Where does one start…
Even tho there is no designated leader of the group, it seems to evolve around core members: DJ Rashida, Monica, Shelley, DJ Eque and a bevvy of other beautiful female musicians, dancers and poets which include but are not limited to: Bria Valente, Jack of J Davey, (yes, a ferocious female) Esthero, Gabriela the spy, Ruth Arzate, an amazing dancer who goes by 1 letter: V, and Sanaa Hamri, the director.
Now get this: To qualify as one of the members, all women must take a lie detector test to determine the following:
1. That they have to be celibate for at least 3 years.
2. That they are free from all contracts and agree to remain that way forever.
3. That they have a LOVE for real music and will not rest until the city of Los Angeles is the nucleus of the NEW WORLD ORDER of FUNK!
Sounds like our kinda ladies, tho-not so sure bout that vow of celibacy!
Stay tuned, this is gonna be funky.-Dr.FB