In May, Prince played a string of concerts here in LA during his 21 Nite Stand in Los Angeles concert residency as part of his Welcome 2 America Tour. This weekend, Prince made his way North to Montreal Canada to play the first of two shows at the Montreal Jazz Festival. As expected, Prince did not disappoint … taking the stage promptly at 11:30 PM and playing for 4 solid hours!
“I don’t know what you heard!” Prince called to the late-night crowd, deep into the funk groove of the opening song in the first of two sold-out shows at Metropolis on Friday. “I don’t know what you heard! But we’re here to get funky!” That’s an understatement. The band had started at 11: 30 p.m. on the nose, as advertised. They didn’t stop (six or seven encores excepted) for the next four hours. Prince’s last performance at the Jazz Festival was a nudge-wink practical joke in which he spent the first half in jazz-fusion mode and the second half raising the roof with an arsenal of hits. This one – which kicked off the fest’s 32nd edition in grand style – was all about the boogie. From beginning to end, through an era-spanning array of covers and originals, he brought the party in no uncertain terms (and left fans screaming for more). For an artist who has sworn off the record industry and railed against the Internet, that’s called putting your money where your mouth is. It’s also called giving people their money’s worth – all $150 of it.
Dang. I miss these kinds of Prince concerts. Yes, I know I sound like a spoiled brat, considering that I got to attend 14 of the 21 shows Prince did here in LA … but that’s what Prince does … he spoils you! It really does sound like he put on one hell of a show for the folks in Montreal. From there, he will be making his way to Europe to play other festivals this Summer so … take my advice … if Prince is playing a show near you, you better go. His shows are absolutely amazing!