Prince Takes His Solo Show To California

Prince did earlier this year a couple of solo shows at his studio complex close to Minneapolis. In February he took the show to Australia and New Zealand, got rave reviews, and is now going back to the States for more concerts!

I’m not sure how big the American tour will be, but what I do know is that it kicks off in Oakland, California this Sunday! Two shows will be given at 7 and 10 PM.

Expect a piano, a microphone and a Prince serving up some magic. Tickets have been on sale since Wednesday and not many are left, so hurry up if you want to be there!

Photo via prince.org

Prince Protégé Vanity Dead

It’s a sad day in the purple kingdom.

Prince’s old protégé and collaborator Denise Matthews, better known as Vanity, passed away on Monday. The reason was probably kidney failure.

In the early 80’s Vanity became the front figure of Prince’s girl group Vanity 6. Raunchy sex appeal combined with Prince’s Minneapolis sound became their trademark with hits such as Nasty Girl.

After years of singing, acting and an overall excessive lifestyle, Denise Matthews turned to Christianity and concentrated on her faith instead.

She was 57 when she died.

RIP

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Prince Solo Shows Wow International Crowd

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:


“Baby”
“I Wanna Be Your Lover”
“Dirty Mind”
“Do Me, Baby”
“Something in the Water (Does Not Compute)”
“Free”
“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”
“Raspberry Beret”
“Paisley Park”
“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)
“Baltimore”
“Rock and Roll Love Affair”
“Starfish and Coffee”
“The Breakdown”
“Anna Stesia”

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

Prince Performs At Paisley Park Tonight

In case anyone forgot and still has time to rush to the United States…

As I’ve reported before, Prince cancelled his European tour and changed it into a two day gala event at his Paisley Park estate near Minneapolis. Tonight the first show starts.

Old and new hits and some unknown material is to be expected. I’ve also read something about there perhaps being the opportunity to buy a physical copy of his latest album. Fans still do that, ya know. Fans even fly from Europe to the US for this. Not me though… *sigh*

Hope people there have fun and I can report some more details tomorrow!

Photo via blog.thecurrent.org.

Prince To Host Gala Event At Paisley Park

Prince has hinted on his social network accounts that something will happen in the 21st of January. For a number of days.

Just a few hours ago his Twitter confirmed what will be going down. The picture above has been posted with the text “Piano & A Microphone Gala Event, January 21 2016, Paisley Park”. Not more info needed, ey!?

Originally Piano & A Microphone was the title of the European Tour he was supposed to be on now, but after the recent terror attacks, Prince cancelled the shows. I assume this is a way of keeping them alive, even if it’s at his studios in the US.

The fact that it’s a gala event suggests that there will be numerous celebrities invited and perhaps some sort of charity involved.

As far as I can remember Princey has also been tweeting singers like Nicole Scherzinger and Rita Ora that they’re invited the 21st, but those tweets seem to have been deleted. I assume we can still count on some of them being there. Gorgeous women and Prince go hand in hand like I don’t know what.

Looking forward to hearing more as the day approaches, Princey!

Sinead O’Connor Tells The Story Of How Prince Scared The Crap Out Of Her

It is an age old story that has been debated numerous times over the years.

What really happened that night Irish singer Sinead O’Connor visited Prince’s Paisley Park Studios?

Eight hours ago, Sinead seemingly felt like finally telling us the story via Facebook.
Here it goes (it’s a long, but good read):

Wooha!

So, was Prince just playing “Shine-head” a horrific prank?
Or is he, in fact, a bloodcurdling demon??

To be continued…

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Prince Surprises Fans With New Album

If there’s one thing you can count on, it’s Prince surprising you. Even when you should be used to it. You’re never really ready for it.

Just a week ago I wrote about him being OK with his cover of Creep being online again.

Now there’s more.
On Saturday the guy simply decided to drop a new album! Because why promote it beforehand?

The new album HitNRun Phase Two is a follow up to the one he released only a couple of months ago.

The tracklist is as follows:

01. Baltimore
02. RocknRoll Love Affair
03. 2 Y. 2 D.
04. Look at Me, Look at U
05. Stare
06.. Xtraloveable
07. Groovy Potential
08. When She Comes
09. Screwdriver
10.. Black Muse
11. Revelation
12. Big City

From what I’ve heard the album is very upbeat and cool. Most of the songs aren’t new, but he supposedly put a new spin to them. I definitely like the cover. It’s similar to the last one, but it looks better, with those shades and that type of fro. And the colours. That’s about as different as they are.

Unfortunately the album is so far only available on the streaming service Tidal, but I assume that it will be, just the like the previous album,  availabe for physical purchase soon. I’m definitely excited to hear what it sounds like and how the new versions are.

Thanks for the surprise!  😉

Photo via consequenceofsound.net.

New Prince Video For Baltimore

This summer, which was supposed to involve a new Prince album, has been pretty uneventful so far, but we do have some news!

Yesterday came a video for Prince’s song Baltimore, a song which features singer-songwriter Eryn Allen Kane!

It’s a beautifully done lyric video with an obvious political message:

The music itself sounds a bit too cheerful considering the message, but perhaps that makes the song less threatening and easier to absorb.