Posted in music | pictures on December 29, 2010

Prince

My only complaint about the December 18th Prince show at Madison Square Garden was how short it felt. It was under two hours. I would have gladly taken three. I thought for sure we'd get a nice chunk of extra songs in the 2nd encore, but instead we only got a nice chunk of extra celebrities. Not that watching Sherri Sheppard of the View, Whoopi Goldberg (also on the View), opener Sinbad, Spike Lee, Spike Lee's son, Jamie Foxx, Naomi Campbell, Alicia Keys, Professor Cornel West, Tavis Smiley, opener Larry Graham (who also had his bass), Questlove (who also drummed) (and whose afro and tweeting were unmissable from where I was sitting before he left his seat to get on stage), Busta Rhymes, John Leguizamo (who I also saw on the will call line when I walked in), Sheila E (who was already up there performing), Prince's amazing band and backup singers and others dancing around on the love symbol-shaped stage wasn't fun, but I would have gladly traded it for a few more songs.

And speaking of Larry Graham whose band Graham Central Station opened, he was very worth getting there early for. Graham was the bass player for Sly & the Family Stone, and he paid that band tribute with a five-song medly that Prince himself came out to play on. For an opener, the energy in the half-packed room was huge.

Sheila E's appearance during Prince's set, especially her performance of her hit song The Glamorous Life was another serious highlight, though unlike as advertised, it wasn't the only show on the "tour" she showed up for. She didn't play at the 12/15 Izod Center show, but she did play during the second of three encores (yes, they got three) at the 12/17 Izod show, and it has been announced she will play with Prince again at MSG tonight (12/29). The full lineup for tonight's show is: 7:30 - Mint Condition, 8:15 - Janelle Monae, 9:00 - PRINCE (w/ Sheila E). UPDATE: She didn't actually play with Prince on 12/29.

If you miss tonight's show, you still have one more chance on 1/18. Tickets are still on sale for that one (no openers have been announced yet though, that I know of). Janelle Monae and Prince were both spotted at Lauryn Hill last night, and will probably collaborate on stage tonight.

A few more mostly-encore pictures from the 12/18 MSG show, and some videos and the setlists from the last 2 shows, below...

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Audience dance routine during Prince in Madison Square Garden

Graham Central Station Opening for Prince at Madison Square Garden

Gala @ Prince concert in NYC with Larry Graham!

Graham Central Station Concert at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY, USA Setlist on December 18, 2010
We've Been Waiting
It Ain't No Fun to Me
Bass Solo/ One in a Million You
Family Affair / Dance to the Music / Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) / Everyday People / I Want to Take You Higher
(Sly & the Family Stone medley, last two with Prince)

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Prince Concert at Izod Center, East Rutherford, NJ, USA
Setlist on December 17, 2010

Let's Go Crazy
Delirious
1999
Little Red Corvette
Love... Thy Will Be Done (Martika cover)
The Beautiful Ones
Controversy
Sexy Dancer
Le Freak (Chic cover) (with Controversy outro)
I Love U, but I Don't Trust U Anymore (with Maceo Parker)
Take Me With U
Guitar
Purple Rain

Encore:
Kiss

Encore 2:
The Glamorous Life (Sheila E. cover) (with Sheila E.)
A Love Bizarre (Sheila E. cover) (with Sheila E.)
The Bird (The Time cover)
Jungle Love (The Time cover)

Encore 3:
If I Was Your Girlfriend
Insatiable
Scandalous
Adore

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Prince Concert at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY, USA
Setlist on December 18, 2010

Welcome 2 America
Dance (Disco Heat) (Sylvester cover)
Baby I'm a Star
The Beautiful Ones
Let's Go Crazy
Delirious
1999
Shhh
Uptown
Raspberry Beret
Cream
Cool (The Time cover)
Let's Work
U Got the Look (with Sheila E.)
The Glamorous Life (Sheila E. song performed by Sheila E.)
Nothing Compares 2 U
Purple Rain

Encore:
Kiss

Encore 2:
A Love Bizarre (Sheila E. cover) (with Sheila E. and Questlove and lots of people dancing)
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Comments (23)

Prince > Micheal Jackson.

Posted by Anonymous | December 29, 2010 6:25 PM

Queen > Prince

Posted by Anonymous | December 29, 2010 6:36 PM

Das Racist > Prince

Posted by Anonymous | December 29, 2010 6:51 PM

you could've join prince, larry, spike and cornel for their post show west village live music venues night.

Posted by me | December 29, 2010 6:57 PM

thats a lot of black people!

Posted by Anonymous | December 29, 2010 7:00 PM

larry graham owns you!!!!!!!

Posted by knowYERbassGODZ | December 29, 2010 7:06 PM

Wavves > Prince

Posted by Anonymous | December 29, 2010 7:26 PM

No famous white people go see Ptince or he just doesn't let them onstage?

Posted by Anonymous | December 29, 2010 7:40 PM

Cornel West. gotta love that cat.

Posted by Anonymous | December 29, 2010 7:43 PM

Fucking incredible show...if you didn't like it, you don't have any soul whatsoever.

Posted by Anonymous | December 29, 2010 7:46 PM

Love Cornel West. This is the ( type of)man our youth should look up to and emulate.

Posted by Anonymous | December 29, 2010 7:51 PM

the living > the dead

Posted by Anonymous | December 29, 2010 7:54 PM

Sinbad was there?? Aw, man. Sorry I missed it. I hope he was wearing something made of windbreaker.

Posted by Anonymous | December 29, 2010 8:29 PM

Trust me... Nobody can house a hummus platter quicker then Sinbad.

Posted by Anonymous | December 29, 2010 8:50 PM

what a joke. just bringing a bunch of your friends out on stage. what a slap to the fans who were charged $75 minimum just to be in the room. Prince - go fuck yourself

Posted by Anonymous | December 29, 2010 9:37 PM

9:37 has no friends

Posted by Anonymous | December 29, 2010 9:46 PM

i'll go on jan. 18 if he contractually obligates himself to play u got the look

Posted by Anonymous | December 29, 2010 11:06 PM

head > handjobs

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2010 1:30 AM

friends suck.

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2010 8:56 AM

^ Yeah I couldn't stand Jennifer Anniston after that!

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2010 9:41 AM

I have a really fat dick

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2010 11:33 AM

I still havent come down off My Prince Cloud yet Couldnt sleep...just kept playing the songs over and over again in my head. Prince is the KING!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Janna | December 30, 2010 2:43 PM

IT IS A SHAME THAT PEAOPLE CAN BE SO CRUEL AND EVIL TO SOMEONE THAT BRINGS SUCH JOY TO SO MANY PEOPLE WITH HIS GOD GIVEN TALENT THAT IS UNDER APPRECIATED WE SHOULD THANK GOD FOR TOUCHRS OF HEAVEN ON EARTH I PRAY YOUR STRENGTH PRINCE GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY THX FOR YOUR GIFTS.

Posted by ANTHONY MCGLOCKING | February 8, 2011 2:42 PM

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