On Thursday the 21st Prince turned his Paisley Park complex into an international music gala castle featuring only him. Hard to believe that it was the first time in Prince’s career he didn’t share the stage with anyone but his piano and mike!
If you haven’t had a chance to ready anything about the event yet, I know that you’ll want to know the setlist NOW, so here it is:
“I Wanna Be Your Lover”
“Do Me, Baby”
“Something in the Water (Does Not Compute)”
“A Case of You” (Joni Mitchell)
“Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child” (Traditional)
“The Beautiful Ones”
“U’r Gonna C Me”
“Condition of the Heart”
“Sometimes It Snows In April”
“I Love U, But I Don’t Trust U Anymore”
“The Ballad of Dorothy Parker”
“Unchain My Heart” (Ray Charles)
“Rock and Roll Love Affair”
“Starfish and Coffee”
First of all, if you happen to be familiar with Prince you can see that quite a few of the tracks are very emotional pieces. Just the fact that he played Anna Stesia makes me almost purple with envy!
If you haven’t heard the song – try to find someone who can guide you to it. It is such a masterpiece of emotions, dark, haunting, spiritual and impossible to forget.
Have you ever been so lonely
That you felt like you were the
Only one in this world?
Have you ever wanted to play
With someone so much you’d take
Any one boy or girl?
Anna Stesia come to me
Talk to me, ravish me
Liberate my mind…
Two shows in a row Princey did, so that as many as possible could enjoy the atmosphere. Not bad. Tribute to David Bowie was payed by Prince saying “I only met him once. He was nice to me. He seemed like he was nice to everybody.”
Rolling Stone’s writer Keith Harris seemed very pleased with the night, describing it as “emotional” and “familiar melodies splintered into virtuosic cascades for a dreamlike effect, as though Prince was remembering the birth of his career in real time.” The unique shows were quite intimate with only a little over 1000 people per show.
I’m wishing more and more I could have been there. Like seriously. SEEEERRRIOUSLY.
Nevertheless, there were al lot of other people who actually were there. On forums I could read about plenty of people from Europe and all kinds of places on Earth traveling to the US just for these shows. That’s dedication! And quite typical in the Princedom.
Because of people having flown in from far away, the gates were opened the day after as well and people could continue to party. Prince was lurking in the background while old school funkster Larry Graham and Shelby J played on stage.
Apparently Prince had also offered some people cookies. Homemade ones? Who knows… But the idea of Prince not only doing pancakes, but also baking cookies, is fantastic!
Unfortunately photos weren’t allowed, so there’s nothing to show. Just imagine it.
Photo via onenation.livenation.com