my ears are still ringing –

damn, those were 2 incredible shows… i’m still grinning (and my ears are still ringing).

first the target center show….

*****ummm huge geek alert, you have been warned***** 

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my all time favorite band bar-non was the revolution (prince’s backing band during his 80’s hey day).  with that said, not much makes me as happy as wendy and lisa (wendy’s in white, lisa has the long hair) – the guitarist (w) and keyboardist (l) for the band.

when prince disbanded the revolution in 1987 it was one of the more depressing musical moments of my life.  while the boys in the band rocked, the heart and soul of the band was always the girls)  in the 20 years since the band broke up, wendy has appeared with prince once (on a public television show), and wendy and lisa have played with him once (the brit awards in 2006). the girls even declined an invitation when prince reformed the revolution for one night a few years ago.  

with that in mind, you can imagine the thrill when prince took the stage last night at the target center and i realized wendy was standing next to him playing guitar!  he opened the damn show with purple rain and he and wendy busted out a couple of tunes.  she returned later in the night for an guitar on guitar “duet” on rasberry beret & sometimes it snows in april. 

the target center show was, without a doubt one of the most relaxed, playful casual shows i’ve ever seen him do.  completely restored my faith in the man. 

  • purple rain (with wendy!)
  • take me with u (still with wendy!!)
  • guitar
  • shhh
  • musicology
  • play that funky music (by wild cherry – he pulled a guy out of the audience to sing lead)
  • let’s go (by the cars)
  • satisfied
  • it’s a wonderful world instrumental

at this point the band left and wendy came back.  just wendy and prince, two guitars and a spotlight!!!! (omfg)

  • little red corvette
  • raspberry beret
  • new song from the album planet earth
  • sometimes it snows in april

wendy leaves, and the band comes back:

  • 7
  • come together (by the beatles; scorching hot)
  • do me baby (full band version, i’ve never seen this live!)
  • i wanna be your lover
  • how come u don’t call me anymore? (again, with a full band, never done before)
  • snippit of diamonds and pearls
  • cream (killer guitar)
  • u got the look (never seen him perform this live!)
  • if i was your girlfriend
  • black sweat
  • kiss
  • let’s go crazy (shelia e. came out at this point)

encore:

  • a love bizarre (with sheila e.)
  • crazy (by gnarls barkley with shelby johnson singing lead – abso-fucking-lutely amazing)
  • nothing comepares 2 u
  • the glamourous life (with sheila)

then the first ave show, holy shit!  prince + first ave + sheila e. + wendy.  doesn’t get much better than that.  the sh0w started late (of course, but all was forgiven the minute he rocked “controversey”). 

  • 3121 (with sheila on stage for most of the evening)
  • girls and boys
  • feel 4 u
  • controversery (kill me now) (sheila, shelby & the twinz leave the stage after controversey)
  • some impromtu blues number
  • satisfied
  • down by the riverside (horn section instrumental)
  • gotta broken heart again
  • love is a loosing game (amy winehouse tune sung by shelby j)
  • love changes (mother’s finest tune again, sung by shelby)
  • thank you for letting me be myself (sly stone tune – joined onstage by sheila, wendy and larry graham [hey, i must be growing, i didn’t even hate seeing larry tonight])
  • hair (chaka khan tune)
  • sing a simple song (sly stone)
  • everyday people (sly)
  • alphabet street

this is where the first set ended.

prince and band left after the first set, only to have prince return to the stage solo 2 minutes later where he simply walked to the mic and informed us all that the city of minneapoplis had shut down the show due to the late hour.  in 25 years of following prince and seeing him live in every possible venue, i’ve never seen him more humble and in awe of the fan’s.  “i thank you from the bottom of my heart, and i’ll be back”. 

had he been allowed to continue apparently the set list would have included: baby love, the dance, let’s go crazy, anotherloverholeinyourhead (i would have died), the question of u, peach, lolita, black sweat & kiss

4am.  show’s over.  long sweaty night.  amazing music.  i heard him do tunes i’ve never heard live, i saw him perform with people i’ve never seen live. 

he brought the funk.

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