Drfunkenberry.com
12Jul
2011
41

Prince’s Welcome 2 America Tour Continues In Europe!

Prince & Andy Allo. Photo: Copyright NPG Records 2011
Prince & Andy Allo. Photo: Copyright NPG Records 2011

Prince & Andy Allo. Photo: Copyright NPG Records 2011

Prince's Welcome 2 America Tour has been taking on Europe and is set to continue.  Next stops are Luxembourg and a couple of shows in Italy.

Here is a shot sent to us of Prince and Andy Allo backstage at the North Sea Jazz Festival 3 minutes prior to the final concert there. 

Prince and Andy are both dressed in Roberto Cavalli. Prince and Andy are looking quite cool.  What's that spell?-Dr.FB

Diagnosis:  Posin' Til Closin'

7Jun
2011
32

Prince Thanks The Purple People!

Prince Welcome 2 America Thank You

Prince Welcome 2 America Thank You

With 21 Nights done in Los Angeles, Prince wants to thank you, the quarter of a million people who saw him during his 21 Night Stand.

Special thanks to George Lopez, The Troubadour, House Of Blues, Live Nation, The Fabulous Forum, and all of you Purple People who will keep Inglewood Swingin'!

What a fun and funktastic time it was.  Much Love to Prince and all of you for making this happen.-Dr.FB

Diagnosis:  Can We Do It 1 More Time?  No?  OK

11Apr
2011
21

Prince Announces L.A. Shows!!! Tix On Sale TODAY For First 3 At The Forum

W2A_Promo_LopezTonight[1]

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

18Feb
2011
51

Exclusive! PRINCE Reaches Out To Former Revolution Member After Heart Attack

Bobby Z. & Wendy Melvoin. Exclusive Photo For DrFunkenberry.com Courtesy NPG Records 2011

Bobby Z. & Wendy Melvoin. Exclusive Photo For DrFunkenberry.com Courtesy NPG Records 2011

 Former PRINCE & The Revolution member Bobby Z. had a heart attack earlier this month.  He has since been released and is back home.  His former boss has a special treat in mind for him and fans.

PRINCE will be funking up the Oracle Arena next week in Oakland and PRINCE and company are rushing to get a new "Cali4nia" tour book ready for opening night!  Tickets are selling fast, so you better hurry.

The shot above taken from the Parade era featuring PRINCE, Bobby Z., & Wendy Melvoin will be in the new version of the tour book.   Also, other shots taken at PRINCE's recording studio Paisley Park and his run of sold out shows at Madison Square Garden will be featured as well. 

PRINCE & The New Power Generation wants Bobby Z. to come out soon to join the tour and play "Purple Rain" with him.

Prince had this to say exclusively to DrFunkenberry.com;

"Nobody plays drums on the song "Purple Rain" like Bobby.  Never flashy or loud, he plays like a slow burn love song.  Bobby's way of playing made each live rendition of the song better than the last."

Hopefully, Bobby will be able to play "Purple Rain" soon. 

What do you guys think of the photo and PRINCE's comments about Bobby Z?-Dr.FB

P.S. to download a full resolution version of the photo, just click on it n save.

1Feb
2011
25

Say what? Cee Lo Green To Open For Prince In NYC, Feb. 7

princeceelo

Prince never ceases to surprise us. His final (?) show at New York's Madison Square Garden is on February 7th, and today we got the news that opening for him will be Cee Lo Green, the mastermind between the hugely popular song, "F%#k You".

If you've been to a Prince concert in the last several years, you know that Prince doesn't go for profanity anymore. He even changes the words to some of his classic hits to avoid it.

So now he's invited the very guy that's becoming a household name because of it to open for him? See what I mean - Prince is surprising. We'll have to see if Cee Lo has to put any money in the swear jar by the end of the night.

Prince is a fan of Cee Lo's - he's been playing his hit "Crazy" at his live shows for the last few years.

Prince has also been jumping on stage with his opening acts at Madison Square Garden during the Welcome 2 America tour. So which Cee Lo song will Prince join in on? Only the purple one knows... -Dr.FB
UPDATE: ALL OF PRINCE'S SHOWS ARE FAMILY FRIENDLY WITH NO CURSING.
THEREFORE, CEE- LO WILL BE PERFORMING "FORGET YOU" AT THE SHOW.

19Jan
2011
15

Prince Can Make You Do Crazy Things At His Shows – Even Propose!

This couple got engaged during Prince's Jan. 18 show in NYC

This couple got engaged during Prince's Jan. 18 show in NYC

I've seen Prince fans get married, but never pop the question at an actual Prince concert!

At last night's Welcome 2 America concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City, the couple pictured above got engaged as Prince began singing "Adore". Event organizers were in on the secret and shined a spotlight on the couple as they did their thang. Wow, talk about pressure!

We assume from the second pic that she said yes; clearly they are "The Marrying Kind".

Congrats to the happy couple and to Prince for helping them seal the deal. Will a Prince song accompany them down the aisle? Inquiring minds want to know... -Dr.FB

19Jan
2011
28

Prince Serenades Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester At Madison Square Garden

Prince serenades Leighton Meister at his Jan. 18 show in NYC | Copyright NPG Records 2011

Prince serenades Leighton Meester at his Jan. 18 show in NYC | Copyright NPG Records 2011

It's amazing just to go to a Prince show, even if you're a celebrity like Leighton Meester. But to then be brought up on stage and serenaded by the purple one himself? C'mon, is there anything more surreal?

Prince rocked Madison Square Garden again last night as part of his Welcome 2 America tour. During the show, he invited Leighton Meester, star of the tv show Gossip Girl, up on stage where he proceeded to sing to her during his sexy ballad "Somewhere Here on Earth".

Did we mention legendary saxophonist Maceo Parker joined them on stage?

So Leighton, what did you answer when Prince sang the line "U wanna do this at yours, or my place?". Hmm...

Next up for Prince is a return to Madison Square Garden on February 7. Do you have tickets yet? - Dr.FB

Prince & Maceo Parker serenade Leighton Meester at his Jan. 18 show in NYC | Copyright NPG Records 2011

30Dec
2010
34

EXCLUSIVE Photos: Prince Rocks New York’s Madison Square Garden

Prince. Photo Courtesy of NPG Records For Use By Dr.Funkenberry.com

Prince at Madison Square Garden, NYC. Dec 29 | Copyright NPG Records 2010

Prince once again rocked Madison Square Garden last night with the fourth of his Welcome 2 America shows. These exclusive photos landed in our inbox just now - thanks to the purple one for sharing them. Hot, no?

Last night's openers were ol' skool band Mint Condition and the funkified Janelle Monae (who also joined Prince on stage for "If I Was Your Girlfriend" during his set). Rolling Stone had this to say about Prince's high-energy, hit-packed, sold-out show: "Such is the power of Prince: With songs as funky and fresh as that, the party doesn't ever stop." (full RS review here).

Were you at the show? Was it as funky as these pics??? -Dr.FB

Prince at Madison Square Garden, NYC. Dec. 29 | Copyright NPG Records 2010

NPG bass player Ida Nielsen at Madison Square Garden, Dec. 29 | Copyright NPG Records 2010

16Dec
2010
50

Prince Rocks Opening Night Of His “Welcome 2 America” Tour At The Izod

poster1

Last night, Prince kicked off what we hope is just the first leg of his "Welcome 2 America" tour with a rocking show at the Izod Center in New Jersey. Oh it was funky y'all!!

We were treated to not one, but two opening acts before Prince took the symbol-shaped O(+> stage. First up was jazz artist Esperanza Spalding who we'd seen perform at the Prince tribute during the 2010 BET Awards earlier this year. Then it was time for soul songstress Lalah Hathaway who was beautiful in a flowing blue dress. Both ladies would join Prince during his set later on - Spalding for co-vocals on "If I Was Your Girlfriend" and Hathaway sharing vocals on "Sometimes it Snows in April" and "Diamonds and Pearls".

Then it was time for the one and only. "I am here, where r u?" Prince asked the crowd after opening with the funky, unexpected "Lay Down" track from his album 20Ten. The crowd was in a frenzy as Prince strutted around the stage in a gold ruffle shirt, black pants, sunglasses and a long leather coat. He was ready to funk.

That was the only new song we'd hear as it was a night for Prince classics and fan favorites. We were treated to "Beautiful Ones" IN ITS ENTIRETY - the ladies were going crazy for this one, especially when he screamed "Do u want me?". Yes we do!!!

Other classic hits we heard included "Cream", "Raspberry Beret", "Uptown", "Let's Work" - so many hits, so little time! Hardcore fans were pinching themselves when Prince strapped on his new gold guitar (that will be auctioned off for charity after the tour) and launched into "She's Always in my Hair", a favorite b-side from 1985 (thank u Prince!!!).

Prince was backed up by three talented singers all night - Elisa Dease, Liv Warfield and Shelby J, who fans were surprised to see as she lost her father unexpectedly last week. But the music must be healing because Shelby was in great form and performed a beautiful version of "Angel" by Sarah McLachlan with her sisters backing her up. Shelby also waved a large flag during "Purple Rain" that had an angel drawn on it with some writing. A tribute to her Dad perhaps? We couldn't read it from our side of the stage.

Prince and Shelby performed a great duet of "Nothing Compares 2 U" - great chemistry and love there. Prince acknowledged her return by saying "it's good to have you back".

Prince broke it down later in the show with some steamy ballads - "Insatiable", "Scandalous", and the lady-melting "Adore". Wooh - we could hardly contain ourselves!! He closed out the main set with a long rendition of "Purple Rain" and had the entire arena on its feet, waving their arms. He worked every corner with his Hohner, calling for more "Woo ooo ooo ooo!"'s from the hyped up crowd.

But we weren't done yet! Not even close! We got a long encore that kicked off with "Kiss" - Prince's latest substitution in the song? "You don't have to watch...the L Word...to have an attitude". LOL! Spalding and Hathaway performed with Prince during the encore, and we also got Prince on piano for a quick version of "All the Critics Love U in New York" - of course, how could we not have predicted he'd play this??

We go one more dose of serious funk with "Controversy" - clap your hands, stomp your feet (mine still hurt today!). It was thick! Then some fans were invited on stage to dance and party along with "Sexy Dancer" and "Le Freak" by Chic.

Prince had amazing energy all night long, and the band was in great form. Prince's dance moves during Kiss were awesome - you could tell he was just feeling the funk and enjoying the moment. We can't wait to see what he brings on Friday night at the Izod, when Maceo Parker and Cassandra Wilson will join him.

Thanks 2 Prince and the band for a GREAT show!!!