Monday, June 2, 2014

Prince @ Zénith, Paris, show n° 2 , June 01 2014

Prince @ Zénith, Paris, show n° 2 , June 01 2014

SORRY: no pictures FOR THIS ONE WE'VE BEEN TOLD TO ERASE ALL PICTURES FROM THIS SHOW !!!
Here's our review of the first show:
 Prince never do the same as other musicians, he's the only who can announce playing two shows the same day into a 6000 seats concert hall less than two weeks before the D Day.
Everybody was expecting a nightmare to get tickets with prices ranging from 70 euros for the pit to 140 euros for the best seats in the house.
Standing tickets were quickly sold-out but you could still buy the, supposed,  best seats "Cat 1" on the day.
Some many people were selling tickets outside the Zénith that you could easily get one, whatever the category, for a mere 30 euros.
Inside you can feel the excitation of the audience when the house light is off with Prince appearing behind his mike-Love Symbol-stand and guitar in hand for a rock rendition of "Let's go crazy".
His afro gives him a funny look surrounded by his all girl band 3RDEYEGIRL, probably not the best band he has played with but the girls are sexy.
Tonight is a best of concert with all the Hits, I guess he's promoting the newly remastered back catalogue albums to be out soon. I haven't seen Prince so many times on stage but it's the first time that I see him playing so many of his Hit songs in one show. For me that's all right even though hard-core fans would prefer more obscure songs. Sometimes it's nice to hear the Hits.
The show is divided in several parts: He's Rock with lots of guitars and Prince is kicking ass when he's on the 6-strings. Dance: with a sampler-medley part, that is less interesting... Lover when he's playing the piano but whatever he's doing it's always Funky.
We're all a bit disappointed when he's leaving the stage for the first Encore after just 60 min. He's back for 25 min more ending his set with "Purple rain".
85 min in all, even though the show was kicking ass, many felt cheated..
2nd show mainly the same (see setlist for details) but after the first Encore no one in the audience wants to leave the premises and the audience is asking for more, it's electric...
And the Prince is back... several times: 3 encores in all. We have an extra hour, the audience is wild and a bit sorry for the one who only could attend the first show.
SETLIST: (from Prince Vault)
Let's Go Crazy (incl. Frankenstein interpolation )
Take Me With U    
Raspberry Beret    
U Got The Look     (incl. I Can't Stand Myself (When You Touch Me) (instrumental )    
Cool    ( incl. Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough interpolation  )  
 
[Sampler Set]          
When Doves Cry     .       
Sign O' The Times     .    .
Housequake     .   
I Would Die 4 U     .   
Hot Thing     .    
Controversy (incl. Love Rollercoaster (instrumental) interpolation)        
1999     .   
Little Red Corvette      
Nothing Compares 2 U   
Kiss
    .   
[Piano set]        
Diamonds And Pearls    
The Beautiful Ones    
How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore     
Empty Room       
Purple Rain
    .   
She's Always In My Hair     .   
Funknroll     .   
Play That Funky Music    
.   
Stratus     (incl. The Sailor's Hornpipe intro  )  
What's My Name    ( incl. The Sacrifice Of Victor lyrics )    

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Great night out with Prince for Rockerparis with two shows.
I guess we're lucky bastards as we were a few years ago @ La Cigale & @ New Morning club show