Vancouver, British Columbia
December 16, 2011
The Artist known as Prince returned to Vancouver in December for an incredible two-and-a-half hour show at Rogers Arena. It was a mere 45 minutes late, but Prince will only come out when the time- and it was certainly worth the wait.
Prince, with his new band The New Power Generation filled the arena with the most energy I have ever witnessed. You could not stay in your seat for very long. The hits were everything I had expected and more. Prince covered a lot of hits as he performed The Beatles hit Come Together, Everyday People by Sly and The Family Stone as well as Michael Jackson’s Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough. The real inspirational cover was Angel by B.C.’s Sarah McLachlan, which was inspired by the death of a brother of member’s in Prince's last band The Revolution. Price also threw in a Doobie Brother’s favourite, Long Train Running, with an Ohio Player's classic Love Roller Coaster and The Cars Let's Go.
His stellar band – The New Power Generation – which also included James Brown’s Sax player Maceo Parker, was funk, R&B and soul at it’s best. Three very powerful soul sister’s singing many of the harmonies and solo’s along with Prince almost stole the show, but his royal purpleness was fantastic and still the main attraction. The high energy show, the stage configuration and all out production in itself was fabulous. Prince made several wardrobe changes as he disappeared occasionally but was back to do more hits. At one point he said he had no more hits and went right into Kiss and then his song, Nothing Compares To U, originally covered by Sinead O’Connor. Then came the second encore, another 10-song medley.
The crowd , I thought , was in true Prince form. A lot of the fans wore purple of some kind. I was in my favourite purple shirt myself. Melanie, a real lovely lady I met was in fresh purple nails, and her friend Cathy had her fave purple scarf on. Purple outfits were everywhere when I stumbled on another beautiful lady named Heather who said "everything" she had on was purple. Now that’s a Fan!
Men and women alike were partying like it was 1999 and I felt I was at a huge 12,000 person rave.
One complaint was the cost of the swag. People are hurting a little these days and knowing the current cost of things, 10 bucks for one guitar pick, 30 dollars for the program and 80 dollars for the tambourine were too extravagant for many. The sellers were not too busy that night.
Prince and The New Power Generation made the Vancouver show, a show of Shows! Well done.
The long setlist for this show
Lets Go ( cover of a Cars Hit)
Let’s Go Crazy
Come Together ( Cover of Beatles Hit)
Everyday People ( cover of Sly and The Family Stone Hit)
Long Train Running ( cover of Doobie Brothers Hit)
Angel ( cover of Sarah McLachlan’s Hit)
Love Roller Coaster ( Cover of Ohio Players Hit)
Take Me With U
Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough ( cover of Michael Jackson Hit)
If I Was Your Girlfriend
Nothing Compares To U
When Doves Cry
Nasty Girl -Instrumental-
Sign -O- The Times
The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
I Would Die 4 U
Dance ( Disco Heat) Sylvester Cover
Baby I’m A Star