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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

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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

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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