Prince Rocks The Hell Out Of LA Live

lotusTo this day I still cannot believe my parents bought me the soundtrack to Purple Rain. I would sit in my bedroom huddled in secret glee as I listened to Darling Nikki and the rest of the highly suggestive lyrics.  But what started out as a tawdry flirtation with sexual material grew into a mature adoration for one of the greatest musicians to ever walk on earth.

If you’ve been a Prince fan for any span of time, you know that not only is he a musical genius but his addiction to performing has provided millions of us with memorable concerts.  He does them on the fly.  He plays whatever the hell he wants for however long he feels like.  Sometimes he makes people wait for hours outside before he gets started but he always rewards them with an unforgettable fist full of hours he never again repeats.

In anticipation of his latest musical triumph, LotusFlow3r, The Purple One has done it once more – tonight he is playing all three venues at LA Live one right after another.  Equally impressive, the shows sold out in about ten minutes.  If you were clever, and a devoted fan, you found a way around that via Prince’s incredibly beautiful and interactive website.

Will I be there?  HELL YES.  If you’re also in possession of tickets get there early.  The Staples Center has been hosting a world figure skating competition all week and there are finals going on at the very same time as the first couple of concerts.  There will be a sea of humanity at LA Live and all over  the streets surrounding the complex.  This is one of those times when taking the Metro will make you super cool and savvy.

3 Replies to “Prince Rocks The Hell Out Of LA Live”

  1. I saw Prince at the House of Blues on Sunset about 14 years ago. HoB had only been open for a few months, and I was going every Monday night when they only booked the house band. The place was never more than half-full, but every single Monday night someone showed up to sit in with the band. One week Branford Marsalis sat in with the horn section, the next week it was the Allman Brothers, and the next was Bruce Springsteen, who played with the band for a little over an hour.

    The following Monday night I showed up as usual, and there was a line out the door. I stopped one of the bouncers and said, “Springsteen was here last week. What’s with the line? Is there somebody ‘big’ this week?” Yeah, he said. Prince. So I waited, paid my $10 cover, and made it in as one of the last 5 people before they reached capacity.

    I had never been much of a Prince fan, but that show changed everything. Shortly after midnight he took the stage with the NPG and played a blistering blues-funk set of material I had never heard before or since. His musical genius was apparent, and he was a hell of a showman, too. One of the best live performers I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen hundreds (and hundreds) of shows.

    Have a great time at the show tonight, Victoria. Wish I’d been able to work it out myself. I’m sure it’s going to be unforgettable.

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