Having just come up from the rabbit hole and feeling like Alice in Prince’s "wonderland", I relish in telling you about my trip with His Royal Highness himself on the Welcome 2 America Tour. I was afforded the opportunity attend and asked that I do so for The Quest for "it", so of course I jumped on the opportunity.
From the moment I picked up my ticket at will call I was giddy with anticipation of seeing not Prince but Mr. "F You" himself Cee Lo Green. Cee Lo who opened the concert was a consummate performer with his all girl band he commanded MSG on his own terms and took a few more prisoners into his style of fusion funk reminding me of the days where real music is to be appreciated and supported not downloaded. Cee Lo not only performed his set he also covered Prince’s When You Were Mine from the Dirty Mind album (Yes!! I am a huge Prince fan). After getting the crowd warmed up Cee Lo exited and I mingled with some newfound media friends radio host Jean Parnell of HCR (Harlem Community Radio), Entertainment Publicist Cheryl Duncan, Don Thomas and others.
The "royal" Prince then came to the stage opening with 1999 then segueing into Lets Go Crazy and of course we did! Performing all of his hits from the Purple Rain album, he took us on a journey of his musician ship one of which I will never forget. I can't give you the full set rundown but he did perform When Doves Cry, Kiss, Insatiable, Adore, Nasty Girl, Sign of Times, Alphabet St, Controversy, Love Bizarre, Nothing Compares To You of which he dedicated to Bobby Z a former band member and Scandalous that’s just to name a few.
Cee Lo also returned to join Prince on stage for an impromptu set of his hit song ‘ Crazy “, dancer Misty Copeland performing to the hit Beautiful Ones. He also paid homage to Beyoncé with “Single Ladies calling SECURITY on one man who was dancing onstage, I swear the man literally froze thinking he was going to get swooped up by security but it was all in good fun, other highlights of the evening were a few celebrities who were asked to dance joined Prince on stage Celebrity photographer Mike Ruiz, The Roots' QuestLove, Kim Kardashian whom he threw off for not dancing and Chris Rock.
Well now that I have let you in on the 411 on Prince please continue to inspire as well as support the arts*** and remember “ Never step on anyone’s dreams, you may be standing in the way of your own destiny." God Bless!
***-Prince’s philanthropy towards the arts he is considerably very passionate about. So passionate before the scheduled show the man donated 1.5 million dollars on lines of credit where he can know the needs of the organizations and steadily remain involved with them those of which are The Harlem Children’s Zone, Uptown Dance Academy and The American Ballet Theater.
*photo courtesy of Kevin Mazur/Wire Image
-Article by George T. Wilson