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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...
setting up the stage @ Izod Center (via)...
"Do you want me?" Prince sang shortly into his concert at the Izod Center, his first of two shows here before he performs on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. He knew the answer would be an affirmative roar. And his opening song was a boast: "Laydown," from his most recent album, "20Ten" (NPG), announced, "From the heart of Minnesota/Here come the purple Yoda" and matter-of-factly asserted, "Everybody wanna be me." [NY Times]Prince kicked off his "Welcome 2 America" NJ & NYC tour last night at the Izod Center in NJ. The next show is at the same venue on Friday. Last night's 2-hour setlist and a video below...
As previously mentioned, Cassandra Wilson announced she would be playing with Prince on 12/15 only, and it was unclear if Janelle Monae would actually be at more than one show. She won't...
Prince has announced his guests for the first four dates of his highly anticipated "Welcome 2 America" performances. Joining him for his first performance on December 15th at the Izod Center will be jazz bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding and R&B artist Lalah Hathaway. Also at Izod, Prince will be joined by Grammy winning jazz performer Cassandra Wilson and funk saxophonist Maceo Parker on December 17th. For the first performance at Madison Square Garden on December 18th, comedian Sinbad and famed bassist Larry Graham and his band Graham Central Station. That night only, Sheila E will join Prince on stage. On December 29th at MSG, fans will be treated to Twin City legends Mint Condition and recent double-Grammy nominee Janelle Monae.Tickets are still available to the two NJ shows and the January MSG show. The list of dates with openers, and some videos, below...
Due to overwhelming demand, Prince recently announced an additional date at Madison Square Garden on January 18th, the guests for this show have yet to be announced.
Janelle Monae @ Terminal 5 (more by Matthew Eisman)
With the dates announced for Prince's Welcome 2 America Tour, one of the touring acts, Janelle Monáe, spoke to MTV News about hitting the road with the legendary musician. To sum it up, she's pretty stoked to tour with someone as iconic as Prince.Though not much is really known about these shows, Prince did promise the following list of openers/collaborators when he first announced: Maceo Parker, Janelle Monae, Mint Condition, Esperanza Spalding, Cassandra Wilson, Lalah Hathaway and Sheila E. Cassandra Wilson released a statement that was slightly more specific than Janelle. She said that she, herself, Cassandra, "will be joining Prince on stage at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ on December 17th." Maybe Janelle will be at all the shows, or only one too? Prince did say the shows would be different each night.
"Well, I'm excited. We're great friends," Monáe told MTV News on Monday at the Glamour Women of the Year event in New York City. "I'm honored that he had chosen me to be a part of the tour."
Monáe may be somewhat of a rookie compared to Prince, but long before stardom came her way, touring with him was on her to-do list.
"It's definitely one of the things that I wanted to do in my career, is tour with him," she shared. "And it just means a lot that he's a mentor to me and he loves the stuff that we're doing and he's going to help out every way he can to make the show phenomenal."
So, will fans see some collaborations between Monáe and Prince? "We may [collaborate], we may," she teased, adding that she doesn't have a favorite Prince song. "And when that happens, I'll be sure to let you guys know." [MTV News]
And in slightly related news, being picked to play with Prince isn't the only thing Lalah Hathaway and Janelle Monàe have in common. They're both also, like Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, on the For Colored Girls soundtrack.
Janelle and Esperanza Spalding also have at least one prior connection. They, along with Patti Labelle and Alicia Keys, paid tribute to Prince on the 2010 BET Awards. Video of that and the full For Colored Girls soundtrack tracklisting below...
Tom Tom Club have scheduled another show, this time at Irving Plaza on January 12th and tickets are on sale.
Matisyahu just finished playing a bunch of sold out Hanukkah shows at venues much larger than Mercury Lounge where he is billed as part of "An evening with Cloud Runner (Matisyahu & Friends)." It happens January 26th and tickets go on sale at noon.
The Max Weinberg Big Band and" a Special Set By Andy McKee Plus Guests" is happening at Irving Plaza on January 7th. Tickets are now on "Live Nation" and "Music Geeks" Presales. General sale begins Thursday at 10am.
Tickets for the Scott Kelly (Neurosis) / Wino (Saint Vitus) / Man's Gin (Cobalt) show happening at Mecury Lounge go on AmEx presale at noon.
Due to overwhelming demand, Prince announced today that he is adding another Madison Square Garden show to the previously announced New York Area concerts. The two previously announced Madison Square Garden shows taking place on December 18th and December 29th sold out in less than 30 minutes. The new MSG show will take place on January 18th, 2011 with tickets going on sale December 10th at 12pm at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com.Say that 10 times fast. Updated dates below...
Due to scheduling issues the first show at the IZOD Center on December 14th has been canceled. Ticket holders for the December 14th IZOD show will have several ticket options. They will automatically receive an email notification with a new seat location for the December 15th IZOD show which they can keep or receive a full refund at the point of purchase. If they prefer to buy tickets to the newly announced MSG date scheduled for January 18th, they will have access to presale tickets on Wednesday, December 8th from 10:00 am ET to 10 pm ET.
Tickets for the five NYC-area "Welcome 2 America" Prince shows go on pre-sale Friday morning at 10am (password = ALIST or lights or guitar), and general sale Saturday, October 30th at 10AM, online and at Apollo Theater's box office. Prices for individual tickets range from $26.65 to $200.70 for the shows which are taking place at Madison Square Garden and the Izod Center.
The shows are being advertised as "a different experience every night." Special guests will include Maceo Parker, Janelle Monae, Mint Condition, Esperanza Spalding, Cassandra Wilson, Lalah Hathaway and Sheila E, but details on what makes each night different don't seem to be available.
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DECEMBER 14th, 15th and 17th at the IZOD CENTER in EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ
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Prince on stage @ the Apollo, October 14, 2010 (Stephen Hill)
Today, Prince headed to Harlem to the iconic Apollo Theater to announce he would be serving as Master of Ceremonies for a new concert series called 'Welcome To America,' which will be kicking off this December.I don't know if "concert series" means he'll play one venue multiple times, or if this is just a regular tour with openers. Details are sparse, but I'm excited either way. Stay tuned for more as it's announced.
Though he was mum on details like dates and tour stops, the 52 year-old singer/songwriter told the crowd that 'Welcome to America' will showcase some of his favorite artists including Maceo Parker, Janelle Monae, Mint Condition, Esperanza Spalding, Cassandra Wilson, Lalah Hathaway and Sheila E.
The Minnesota native also confirmed that he and the New Power Generation would also perform nightly alongside featured acts.
"If you've been to one of my shows, then you know what time it is," the usually media shy artist joked. "You need to come early and come often because every time we play it's always something new. I got a lot of hits. Bring friends, bring children, and bring foot spray because it's gonna be funky."
"I didn't want to talk too much but how many have seen 'Waiting for Superman,' " he asked before bringing out Harlem Children's Zone head Geoffrey Canada who also spoke briefly about how grateful he is Prince chose Harlem as the venue to announce the series.
Prince will play a special guitar for the duration of the concert series and then auction off the guitar for the benefit of Harlem Children's Zone. [Prince.org]
Larry Graham came to the audience to play the bass in our face!!! :) (StephenGHill)
As commenter knowYERbassGODS helpfully pointed out in Wednesday's WGO post, Larry Graham, someone who you might not know by name but definitely do by sound (slap bass? he invented it), played BB King's last night (6/16). He brought out one friend and collaborator, Prince, to cover another, Sly & the Family Stone (of which Graham is a founding member - he's also uncle to Drake, says Wikipedia).
Two videos of Prince and Larry Graham playing "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" at BB King's, and another pic from the show, below...
live photos by Drew Kaiser
Channy Moon Casselle, Justin Vernon & Dessa (Gayngs) @ First Avenue on Friday
Who are Gayngs? A druggy-disco supergroup comprised of the following...
Ryan Olson (Digitata), Zach Coulter (Solid Gold), Adam Hurlburt (Solid Gold), Joe Westerlund, Phil Cook (Megafaun), Brad Cook (Megafaun), Michael Lewis (Happy Apple), Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Ivan Rosebud (The Rosebuds), Stefon LeRon Alexander (POS), Mike Noyce (Bon Iver), Jake Luck (Leisure Birds), James Buckley (James Bukley Trio, Mystery Palace), Nick Ryan (Leisure Birds), Shön Troth (Solid Gold), Danny Krzykowski, Chaney Moon Cassell (Roma di Luna), Katy Morley, Maggie Wander, Maggie Morrison (Lookbook, Digitata), Joe Mabbott (Passions), Grant Cutler (Lookbook), Xander.Their debut album, Relayted, came out May 11th on Jagjaguwar. Two songs from it are posted above. Start with the blissed out funk of "Faded High" or just stream the whole thing at 89.3 The Current.
Gayngs played their first ever show on Friday, May 14th at First Avenue in Minneapolis. The show was in Minneapolis, so naturally Prince showed up, and actually almost joined them onstage (there is even photo evidence of the funky one with guitar in hand). Gayngs all wore tuxedos in line with the night's theme, The Last Prom On Earth. The set of pictures in this post are from that show. They continue below with some videos.
The band will play their next live shows this September and October. Those include the just-announced ACL Festival, and a pair of NYC dates. They play Webster Hall on October 3rd and Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 4th. Tickets should be on sale this week. All dates below.
A video of the group at work/play, the video for their cover of Godley & Creme's "Cry," some porny teaser trailers (nothing says sexy like a clarinet), more pictures and some videos from their first gig, all dates, and much more, below...
"A previous article explored why Michael Jackson, musically, is not even in the same league as Prince. Another artist Michael Jackson can never touch is Bruce Springsteen, a far better vocalist, songwriter and singer than Michael Jackson can ever dream to be.Adding to their itinerary that included five Giants Stadium shows (that venue's last), Bruce Sprinsteen and the E Street Band have announced 25 new 2009 shows including two in November at Madison Square Garden in NYC. All dates below...
In the early 1980s, Michael Jackson might have sold more than the Boss. But Bruce Springsteen was the critical favorite. Even before his mainstream breakout album Born in the USA, Bruce was on the top of every critic's list. When Born in the USA was released, he not only overshadowed Michael Jackson, but made other stars seem irrelevant. The Boss had more dedicated fans than any artist of the 1980s." [Memphis Celebrity Examiner]
"Grupo Fantasma (in U.S.A.) is an 11 piece latin funk orchestra from Austin, Texas. Formed in 2000 from the merger of two Austin acts, The Blue Noise Band and The Blimp, the band emerged with a sold out show at the former Empanada Parlour on 6th Street in Austin. The band is best known for their exuberant live shows and their recent association with Prince and his 3121 Club in Las Vegas. The band has backed Prince on numerous occasions, including his performance on the ALMA Awards in 2007, and often perform at his afterparty jam sessions." [Wikipedia]Assuming it is actually still happening, you can add another band to the list of bands playing the Williamsburg Waterfront in Brooklyn this summer. Oddly, Grupo Fantasma are on the same bill as HEALTH. All dates and some videos below...
Girl Talk fans @ last night's show @ Hiro Ballroom (more by Paul Birman)
tonight in NYC
* Cake @ Terminal 5
* Zap Mama @ Joe's Pub
* The Radiators @ BB King's
* Mountain Jam in Hunter, NY
* Secret Chiefs 3, Kayo Dot @ Maxwell's
* New York Ukulele Festival @ Baruch College
* Grizzly Bear, Here We Go Magic @ Town Hall
* Mae, Barcelona, Person L @ Gramercy Theatre
* Rooftop Films w/ Javelin @ New Design High School
* Chase the Devil: Gary Lucas & Dean Bowman @ BAMcafe
* X, Steve Soto & The Twisted Hearts @ Bowery Ballroom
* Fursaxa and Mary Lattimore, Paul Metzger @ The Stone
* Awesome Tapes From Africa, Teengirl Fantasy @ 92YTribeca
* Grant Hart, Grass Widow, Querent, Stupid Party @ Cake Shop
* Team Robespierre, A.R.E. Weapons @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Acoustic Cash IX w/ Rosanne Cash & Marc Cohn @ Rubin Museum of Art
* Undiscovered Islands w/ Missy Mazzoli, William Brittelle @ Galapagos
* Willie Mae-Ra-Thon w/ Sex Mob, Burnt Sugar, Secretary @ Public Assembly
* Tyvek, The Gutsies, James Ausfahrt (of Love Is All, Still Flyin) @ Bruar Falls
* Au Revoir Simone, The Antlers, Sophia (from Lights) @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Willie Mae-Ra-Thon w/ Wild Yaks, Hexa, Lady Magma, Beluga @ Monster Island
* Rural Alberta Advantage, La Strada, Chris Mills, The Black Hollies @ The Bell House
* Girls Girls Girls, Misstallica, Rodney Speed Experience, Queen Diamond @ Merc
* Wordless Music w/ Wolfgang Voigt's Gas Live, Contact performing Brian Eno's Discreet Music @ Miller Theatre at Columbia
* Ed Schraeder, Height, Dj Dog Dick, The Creepers, Santa Dads, Teenage Souls, Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez @ Death By Audio
The Wordless Music Show tonight is "The U.S. premiere of Wolfgang Voigt's legendary ambient GAS project, with an opening set by Toronto's CONTACT Contemporary Music Ensemble, performing a rare live/chamber version of Brian Eno's complete 1975 classic Discreet Music (CONTACT)."
Roosevelt Live music series, on Roosevelt Island, hosts its first musical act of the summer with a Bluegrass Festival featuring Alex Battlesof The Whiskey Rebellion on Saturday.
Secret Chiefs 3 are also playing Brooklyn on Saturday.
Mutek is happening in Montreal.
BKLYN YARD is open for its second week.
A whole bunch of shows recently went on sale.
Jay Leno's final episode hosting the Tonight show is TONIGHT. Conan O'Brien and James Taylor will be his guests. Prince performed last night. Check out that video below...
"A week after Miley Cyrus shared with the world her plans to 'ruin' Radiohead after they snubbed the young starlet at the Grammy Awards, the band has responded to the singer's threat... The band wasn't amused by her story. 'When Miley grows up, she'll learn not to have such a sense of entitlement,' the band told the new issue of Us Weekly in a statement." [MTV]
"Dozens of investors who came to federal court in New York to hear Bernard Madoff's admission that he ran a $65 billion Ponzi scheme in which he lied and stole for decades applauded his jailing." [Bloomberg]
"Yet Miley is not the only star that has a beef with the band. Kanye West is another temperamental superstar who was also snubbed by the band. West told audiences at his VH1 Storytellers taping that he too was dissed by the band at the Grammy Awards" [andPOP]
"wish us all a safe journey if you still like us and you're not one of those people i have managed to offend by doing nothing xx" [Thom Yorke]
"We are working on new material" [Ed O'Brien]
"U2 celebrated the number one debut of its new album 'No Line on the Horizon' with an intimate gathering for a few friends Wednesday night." [Boston Globe]
"It's not U2, but 'The Tonight Show With Jay Leno' will get its own multiple dose of pop royalty this month. Prince will perform on three consecutive nights on the NBC program as he girds for the release of a pair of new albums. The mini-residency will run March 25-27; he also plans to hit the 'Tonight' stage May 28 for Leno's next-to-last night as host of the venerable talk show." [Reuters]
"Five new shows have been added to Michael Jackson's London run, bringing the total to 50, according to Randy Phillips, CEO of AEG Live, promoter of the shows." [Billboard]
"Hundreds of fans have queued through the night to buy the first tickets to Michael Jackson's 'final curtain call' of concerts in London." [CNN]
Target shopper (by kate*)
Prince has found an outlet for his latest collection of songs, recorded without a major label, by partnering with Target for a three-disc set, the retail chain said on Monday.In October, AC/DC released their new album exclusively through Walmart.
The album will be available at Target stores March 29. The collection has two original studio albums called "LOtUSFLOW3R" and "MPLSoUND" and a third disc titled "Elixer" by his latest protege, the singer Bria Valente.
The three-disc set from Prince, which will sell for $11.98 at Target, is the latest instance of a recording artist partnering with a major retailer to release an album. [Reuters]
Prince will release not one, but three albums in the new year. He's in final negotiations with "a major retailer" to distribute the music in physical form, and a highly interactive website will also provide an opportunity to buy. He's not working with a record label. "The gatekeepers have to change," he said several times throughout the evening.Check out LOTUSFLOW3R.COM (an entire new galaxy awaits).
He's found his way back to the sound of "When Doves Cry." The first disc, tentatively titled "MPLSOUND," is an electro-flavored solo effort recorded at Paisley Park Studios. Prince experimented with Pro Tools and "new ways of recording" on these trippy, experimental pop songs. One features a Q-Tip rap; another calls a "Funky Congregation" to worship and may become a live set piece.
He's ready to revive the Quiet Storm. "We got sick of waiting for Sade to make a new album," he said, introducing Valente's new album, "Elixir." The tracks are chill, with Valente's buttery voice melding with beats by Morris Hayes and Prince's guitar lines. Some are explicitly sexual. "This music is nasty, but it's not dirty," Prince said, explaining how sensual music fits in with his much-discussed faith -- he's a Jehovah's Witness. "There's no profanity. It isn't promoting promiscuity. She's singing about her lover, who could be her partner for life."
Okee doke, New York fans, fams, freaks and purpleheads...it's gonna be your turn to party, sooner than you think. Get your fancy pants pressed now, folks: Prince is coming to town.
When? Friday, October 10th.
Location: Wish I could tell you, but as of yet I have no clue.
What I *can* tell you is that it will be a very small capacity show. We're talking INTIMATE. Like, 250 - 300 people intimate. Also, we have learned that Friday night's show will be a L4OA charity benefit gig for the Urban Planning cause, which is an organization Taja Seville has been involved with. This is all we know right now. When we get more info, we will share it as soon as we can
Weezer Hootenanny Live 105 2008-06-20 (madrubicon)
Weezer's Hootenanny Tour rolled into town Saturday at the Vera Project and Ear Candy was fortunate enough to be one of the 200 fans in attendance.One of the songs Weezer was doing at these West coast-only shows was Radiohead's "Creep". Watch the below video, and do it quick before Prince figures out a way to get all songs he covered first removed from YouTube....
What's the Hootenanny Tour? Well, it involves Weezer playing six acoustic songs, surrounded by 200 fans all singing along while jamming with the band on their own instruments. provided.
To get access to the show, which was hosted by 1077 The End, fans had to apply to be part of the performance by letting the station know what instrument they planned on bringing along. For those who did not bring instruments, maracas, shakers, finger tambourines and kazoos were
This meant for one hour a few hundred people got to be a part of Weezer and take part in a recording session with the band. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention the set was recorded for use on a future Weezer CD.... [seattlepi]
After word spread that Prince covered Radiohead's "Creep" at the Coachella festival, the tens of thousands who couldn't be there ran to YouTube for a peek. Everyone was quickly denied -- even Radiohead.
All videos of Prince's unique rendition of Radiohead's early hit were quickly taken down, leaving only a message that his label, NPG Records, had removed the clips, claiming a copyright violation. But the posted videos were shot by fans and, obviously, the song isn't Prince's.
In a recent interview, Thom Yorke said he heard about Prince's performance from a text message and thought it was "hilarious." Yorke laughed when his bandmate, guitarist Ed O'Brien, said the blocking had prevented even him from seeing Prince's version of their song.
"Really? He's blocked it?" asked Yorke, who figured it was their song to block or not. "Surely we should block it. Hang on a moment." Yorke added, "Well, tell him to unblock it. It's our ... song." [Billboard]
"Prince outshines Jack Johnson at Coachella fest" [Hollywood Reporter]
Prince @ the Coachella Music Festival, 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
photos by Ryan Muir
Prince @ the Coachella Music Festival - April 26, 2008
You are the coolest place on earth right now!" Prince declared to a sea of tens of thousands.The rest of Ryan Muir's photos from the evening are HERE.
Prince, who had been sought out to perform at Coachella since the festival was founded nine years ago, told the crowd that when he agreed to perform, he informed the organizers that he would not only play, but party too.
True to his word, Prince then launched his band -- complete with a horn section and background singers -- into "Jungle Love." Morris Day came out to sing his song, while Prince strolled around the stage with his guitar.
For the beginning of the show, Prince preferred to let his guitar do the talking. He also welcomed the singer and drummer Sheila E, who took the lead for a song and then joined Prince in an extended jam.
Finally, Prince satisfied the crowd with a celebratory performance of "1999." His classic "Little Red Corvette" soon followed. [AP]
Check out the rest of our Coachella coverage HERE.
Check out video of Prince on Leno, HERE.
Check out video of Radiohead on Conan, HERE.
Tonight is Prince's headlining performance at Coachella (April 25, 2008). Last night he played the Late Show with Jay Leno....