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Matt's 4/4 Concert Review
During the soundcheck, two members of the NPGMC got on stage to play guitar. The first guy had done so at the Louisville show I was at, and took the stage with the confidence of a rock star. He put on the Horner, then went over to the band a whispered some instructions, and then started playing Ã¢â‚¬Å“Love Rollercoaster! It was amazing; the NPG completely backed him up. Prince yelled out, U tryin 2 steel my set? Play something U wrote? He then jammed for a good 5 minutes, politely asking if he could use the foot pedals, and he was AMAZING. Prince called out from the back of the club, on the one!and the NPG (with its new lead guitarist) stopped the jam perfectly. Very tight. As the guy was leaving, Prince asked if he had a band, and he responded, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Dishwater Blonde",can we play at the Celebration? He has my vote.
During the soundcheck, they played Calhoun Square, Dolphin, Extraordinary, and a few others. Then we had a discussion about the crisis in the Middle East. A good portion of the soundcheck was spent with people thanking Prince for the inspiration he has given them.
The actual show was very similar to the first night. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Extraordinary did replace Ã¢â‚¬Å“A Case of U", and a new song maybe called Ã¢â‚¬Å“Two Heads R Better than one" was added to the set. The piano medley was fantastic. Prince added, Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Most Beautiful Girl in the World, Condition of the Heart, the piano medley. During Ã¢â‚¬Å“Adore", Prince continued to pick on local celebrity Usher, saying that Usher was in the passenger seat of the ride that got smashed, but it was ok, because Prince would write Usher a song, and the royalties he would get from it would pay for the car. He also joked that this girl's sweater was on inside out, implying that Usher got some play. Some guy in the audience kept repeating what Prince was saying, and at one point, Prince looked out at him and said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“THE --- TAG --- WAS --- ON --- THE --- OUTSIDE. I think the guy took the hint and shut up.
During the soundcheck, one of my friends called me to say that eleven50, a club two blocks way from Symphony Hall, emailed that Prince was to play there. This was very scary. I was very concerned as to how the NPGMC was going to get in, since this club is one of the best in the city. Here is the email that went out:
TONIGHT!!!! The mystical paisley, purple, Minneapolis based legend, symbol and icon...PRINCE will make a surprise, rare, and completely LIVE performance with his band TONIGHT (Thursday, April 4th) at eleven50!
We are just as surprised as you are and were just informed today that after his surprise visit to eleven50 in November 2000; Prince decided to swing through our doors once again for a special live, jam session while he is in town!
Eleven50 is happy to offer our e-mail participants special notice of this rare event! Being an eleven50 e-mail participant DOES have its privileges! Doors open promptly at 10:00 pm.please arrive early to ensure entry. Space is limited and once we have reached capacity doors will be closed. Arrive TONIGHT at 10:00 PM for this special live concert event with PRINCE!
Doors Open at 10:00
Cover: (Cover is not determined by eleven50)
THERE IS NO GUEST LIST!
For directions please visit http://www.eleven50.com
When the concert let out, we RAN the two blocks to the club. I frequent this place a lot, and the atmosphere is a little snobbish. I had a feeling this was going to be a disaster. When I got to the door, the line was about 300 people deep. I went to where the normal VIP line is (there was one guy trying to get in), and I showed the bouncer my NPGMC Pass, and he let me right in! My jaw dropped. THEY ACTUALLY KNEW WHAT I WAS TALKING ABOUT! As I went in where the cashier was, there were two lines, one for paying customers, and the other was free admittance for the NPGMC. 2 for 2. I was in shock. It got even better. I get to the dance floor, and it was roped off, with the front half reserved for NPGMC ONLY!!!!!! The club was completely packed, EXCEPT FOR THE BEST SEATS --- THEY WERE ALL FOR NPGMC!!!!! Samnation was standing there, and I just went over to him and gave him a hug. I asked how he did this, and his reply was, Ã¢â‚¬Å“You win some, and you lose some, tonight we won. He told me that they got the whole thing organized that afternoon. Let's put it this way, it was so organized, that I forfeited a front row spot to go around and thank everyone that worked at Paisley Park. The Park gets a lot of slack for screw-ups with presales, etc, but tonight, the NPG stood for Ã¢â‚¬Å“NO PROBLEMS, Georgia"
Prince and company showed up about an hour later. Someone already posted the set, it was very cool. Renato was awesome. He brings an amazing feel to the show. This was the best aftershow I have ever seen. It was a lot of the concert all over again, Extraordinary, Rainbow Children, Other side of the Pillow, Love Rollercoaster, and Everlasting Now. The non-NPGMC attendees looked very bored, and obviously wanted Purple Rain, but he made some new fans. The show was about an hour and a half.
In summary, Prince played basically 5 concerts in the last 48 hours. 2 Soundchecks, 2 Concerts, and 1 aftershow. I think I heard every song the band knows!
Atlanta basically got a Ã¢â‚¬Å“Prince: A Celebration, Atlanta Style", this week. I have a strong feeling that my ears will still be ringing when I get to Paisley Park in June. This was some serious FUNK OVERLOAD!
In all seriousness, thank you so much Prince, the NPG, and all the Paisley Park crew that was on hand that made these past 48 hours an EVENT instead of just two concerts.
Children Of The Rainbow
Prince's New Album Is Unlike Anything You've Heard Before
by Gene Geter
In these troubled times, the world gets a perfectly timed album, Prince's The Rainbow Children because it's spiritually uplifting, lyrically exciting, musically daring and basically, kicks serious butt! The album cover is dynamite! It reminds me of the painting in the television series, "Good Times."
The title track opens the album with a funky jazz feel and introduces the album's narrator, a heavy voice that's hard to understand the first few spins. A colorful chorus hook, "just like the sun, the Rainbow Children rise." The best part, singing and repeating the word "rise" as if it were angels in heaven!
In "Muse 2 The Pharaoh," Prince shows D'angelo, Maxwell and even Bilal that they have nothing over him! Truly, a pretty and haunting musical gem. Prince doesn't plan to release any singles, but this one should be a single. He says, "this recording [The Rainbow Children] was intended 2 xperience in it's entirety." Remember Lovesexy? This album tells a story as well.
The joyful "Everywhere," to some, will remind them of something from Prince and the Revolution's Parade. Prince sings, "without God, it wasn't there. Now I feel it everywhere." Later, he closes, "we've got so much work 2 do... Everywhere." With "Mellow," Prince hits D'angelo and the others hard in the face again with another gem. It's 1984 all over again in "1+1+1 is 3." A purely funk track on the level of "Erotic City" or Parliament Funkadelic.
Then, Prince has a little fun with "Wedding Feast." It's like a broadway musical and funny. Where does this guy gets his ideas from? Prince says, "with this one I can b what I wanna b" in "She Loves Me 4 Me." A cool baring it all jam about just being happy with someone. Another highlight, "Family Name" gives a quick rundown of oppression and slavery. It's one of the most fruitful songs on this album.
The last track, "Last December," not to be confused with "The Same December" on Prince's Chaos And Disorder, goes well with how people may feel right now. The most interesting part of this song is the ending when Prince says "come 2gether as one" and it repeats repetitively the word "one" then fades. But about two minutes later, the word "one" returns, repeats repetitively and ends the album.
In summary, The Rainbow Children is quintessential today if you're looking for new hope and joy. It is also what Prince does best, make real music with earnest words, giving fans and admirers what you loved and still love about the man from Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Prince's The Rainbow Children drops November 20th, but it can be heard right now at http://www.therainbowchildren.com.
MTV.com Article on The Rainbow Children Release
After making a name (or symbol) for himself by singing about Corvettes and cream, Prince will once again use his royal platform to tackle more serious subjects, namely religion and race. The Minneapolis singer hopes The Rainbow Children will be less a typical pop album and more a conversation starter, according to his spokesperson. The album songs "Mellow" and "The Everlasting Now" in particular hints at Prince's religious beliefs. The latter track, for example, asserts that, "Accurate knowledge of Christ and the Father will bring the everlasting now." Although The Rainbow Children, which follows 1999's Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic, is due in stores November 30, members of Prince's NPG Music Club can download it beginning Wednesday. Premium membership in the NPG Music Club also includes tickets to Prince concerts and parties.
Prince released one track from the record, "The Work Pt. 1," on Napster in April (see "Prince To Debut New Single Via Napster"). His spokesperson said a radio single from The Rainbow Children has yet to be selected.
The Rainbow Children track list, according to Prince's spokesperson:
"Muse 2 the Pharaoh"
"The Work Pt. 1"
"The Sensual Everafter"
"1+1+1 Is 3"
"She Loves Me 4 Me"
"The Everlasting Now"