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here we go again.

most know i have a long standing history with his royal badness from minneapolis.  it goes all the way back to 1983 when i was introduced to his album ‘1999‘ by friends in school.  this album was magical, infuriating, stunning and funky as all get out.  the love affair continued for the next 20 years or so.  good god, how much time and energy have i spent on prince (in all his iterations)?  how many hours have i spent out at paisley park for spur-of-the-moment late night shows (often not beginning until 3am and ending sometime past 6am)?  how many nights did i join in the tuesday night prince club on aol in those formative internet years?  how many best friends did i get out of my love affair with the man’s music (for the record, 2 that have lasted the better part of my adult life).

being a prince fan can be an infuriating task to be sure.  firstly, those late night shows up above, well it’s never a guarantee he would play.  secondly, well, there’s that whole name change thing which only ever really made sense to the hardcore fans (and even then only marginally so).  thirdly, well – lets just say prince doesn’t always get his due, and you can only have the conversation so many times about what a musical genius he is (let alone, guitar god!). 

but then, larry graham happened and prince became a jehovah’s witness.  this is where it got exceedingly difficult.  first the swearing was disavowed in his songs.  then the changing of classics like “the cross” to “the christ”.  oh, lets not forget about the abomination that is “the rainbow children” (a more lyrically misogynistic/homophobic/racist album you would be hard pressed to find – that said, wipe the lyrics off of it, and the motherfucker is one helluva record.  he hasn’t been that musically consistent in years, which only makes the words that much harder to hear).

prince, as with most musical geniuses are highly subjective to other’s influences…. and i’m afraid the larry graham influence has never been that great (and it so should have, man larry is the shit when it comes to bass – why oh why couldn’t he have influenced prince musically instead of spiritually?).  far be it from me to suggest that for someone aligning with a higher power is a bad thing – but the whole jw thing has never really gelled with prince’s personality and it always seemed forced.  it’s not that he hasn’t always rode the tenuous line between the sacred and the profane, but the man who sang about god on lovesexy (his real gospel record), seems to be a million miles away from the man who sang about god on rainbow children.  just my humble o people. 

in the years since, prince has toyed with me – offering the occasional brilliant gem (hello black sweat) and a scorching live show (super bowl).  rumor even has it he’s been swearing (gasp!) on the occasional live show…

with all that said (damn i can be long winded), i’m about to give him his 847th chance.  tomorrow, my good friend greg and i will be attending the boy’s hometown show at the target center (interesting, in 20 years, greg and i have never seen prince together in a stadium, bout time no?). 

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kinda like a dog that’s been kicked by his owner, yet comes back – i’m comin’ back for more.  prince has amazed me, inspired me, infuriated me – yet, here i am, kinda psyched for the show tomorrow night.

but what i’m even more excited for is that for the first time since 1986, prince is playing first ave., the world famous (and best damn place to see a rock-n-roll show anywhere) club featured in purple rain.  yup, tomorrow night after the target center show, prince will have an aftershow on the very stage that made him a star in the first place.

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tickets are so not guarenteed, but i’m sending it out to the world, i need all of you to be thinking good thoughts for me tomorrow at 3pm minneapolis time.  that’s what time tickets for the first ave gig go on sale.  1 ticket per person.  damnit i need to be inside that club for the show.

so then, here we go again.  a new show.  a new record (planet earth).  and a new chance. 

better bring the funk!

*for those not intimately aware of prince’s lyrical canon – the above line is from his tune ‘bob george’

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