Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Prince Lights Up L.A. Live
By Michell Graham (Contributing Writer)
Published April 2, 2009


Nokia Theatre Review

Hundreds of fans gather outside the Nokia theatre to see the “Loved” one commonly known as Prince. A three concert night to promote his website Lotusflow3r.com and three new studio releases MPLSoUND and Elixer with Bria.

In the midst of even this conservative “appearing” crowd you can feel the raw kinetic energy. The set started at 7:46 p.m to a warm up tune. But just when the audience thought they were safe, he brought the house down with “1999” and then you remember where you were when you were first introduced to Prince’s music. Why? There is one ‘Prince’ song that clearly defines where you were in life and love. Prince is the moniker of sexuality as his tunes can very well play theme song to all of your desires. The crowd was spellbound by the live instrumentals as they sang in harmony to all of his many tunes. Prince remained “King” for nearly 30 years.

Even though the sound quality was poor, the audience did not really seem to mind. But as a keen observer it appeared to me that Prince stayed relevant because he is the perfect balance of, Pop, Rock and Soul as all genres would love to stalk claim to over 30 years of penmanship, harmony, and performance. He is the perfect balance of masculinity and femininity.

The “Gloved One” may have more universal appeal, but there is no secret that Prince definitely has more U.S appeal. I don’t know how he did it, but by keeping his personal life, personal, he has mastered the art of “poeticizing his presence”. While other musicians always seem to veer out into acting, ala “Purple Rain” or producing other acts Prince never allowed this to spoil the artistic beauty of his art form. But I do have to admit that I was a little disappointed because I wanted to hear “1999, If I was your man, Kiss and Controversy” the way I remember it being presented to me over 25 years ago. I am not a big fan of the remix as there was more of an acoustic sound than I remember. Never the less, fans celebrated with the “Loved” one as there were a few fans that were onstage as the band played their version of “Play that funky Music White boy”. I was pleasantly surprised as Shelia E. joined him onstage for “Glamorous Life” and only to end the night with an encore of The Times “Jungle Love”. As I stood eyewitness to an American musical icon, I had just one thought, “There is not even another one of him in the making”. Congratulations Prince, the legend who is nearly 30 years in the making.



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