— Meet Minneapolis (@MeetMinneapolis) March 19, 2013
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Night two brings forth a fan-friendly set
Prince startled the crowd with his first of two psych-outs, waving and saying “Thank you, good night” despite only being about 25 minutes into his set. Many in the crowd tentatively took their seats and eyed each other quizzically as the band followed him off stage, and though the three back-up vocalists sizzled on their cover of Lianne La Havas’s “Lost and Found,” it was hard to ignore the sinking feeling that Prince’s time on stage might already be through.
But lo and behold, it turned out to be Prince’s way of giving the audience a chance to catch its breath before pulling out the highlight of his 70-minute set.
via Local Current Blog.
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Prince back in the saddle again in 2013.
Word is he’s doing these shows at the intimate Minneapolis jazz joint instead of his palatial Paisley Park in Chanhassen because the band behind the mega-hit “We Are Young,” fun., is already booked to rehearse there this week to prep for its tour that starts next Wednesday at Roy Wilkins Auditorium. Dr. Funkenberry and other fan sites have been speculating for weeks what Prince has planned for 2013, and these rehearsals seem to confirm he is planning a more ambitious concert schedule than his rather quiet 2012. — Artcetera.
The French government says Prince Rogers Nelson hasn’t made good on his taxes owed to the government for a half-dozen shows he performed in that country. Star Tribune
HiLoBrow: “Wendy Melvoin is fresh from high school. She is a wearing a V-necked sleeveless top, and patterned shorts. She is playing the first chords of a new song on her purple guitar, opening chords that she wrote, a circular motif with a chorus effect. Wendy is eighteen-nineteen and she has the high cheekbones and diffident confidence of a Hollywood upbringing. She half-smiles at the faces that crowd close to the low club stage. This is Wendy’s first gig with the new band, and the song she is playing is “Purple Rain,” and nobody in the audience has ever heard “Purple Rain” before because this is the night that Prince and the Revolution record the song.