Yeah, that was awesome. I just found another piece of confetti in my shirt and the concert ended almost two hours ago. I don’t think a concert can really top the spectacle that Prince pulled out at Rexall tonight. He entertained with funk jams, classic hits, reinterpretations, guitar mastery, dance moves that would cripple most 50 year olds and just an amazing dance party that had everyone up on their feet (except that one guy behind Prince who just sat there with the spotlight on him).
Sure it started an hour late and we may have been gypped out of an encore or two, but clocking in at 2hours and 15 minutes, I don’t know if I could have taken much more without passing out. Prince focused on his old hits and I don’t believe he played one song from after the late 90’s. He knew what the fans came for and he delivered. It seemed like a cavalcade of hits with the set beginning with ‘Let’s Go Crazy’, ‘Delirious’ and ‘1999’. We heard most of Purple Rain, ‘Raspberry Beret’ and ‘Sign O The Times’ as well. There were few songs that were not known, maybe only one, which Shaun quickly identified as ‘Get Wild’, an old NPG Track from the mid-90’s. It was all about the jams inbetween and how he segued the songs together, it just kept everything going with no time to sit down or take a breath. The covers were phenomenal as well. A tight rendition of ‘Play That Funky Music’ made me unable to stop moving and really kept the first part of the show rolling.
The crowd was the most unique I’ve seen at Rexall. People from ages 18 – 60, with most around 35 – 45 or so. Lots of 80’s style, lots of cougars, lots of everything, but everyone was there to have a great time and it looked like they did. I didn’t see anyone having a bad time, well maybe that guy who was sitting the whole show, but maybe he was just tired.
On a personal note, the highlights of the show were getting to hear ‘Cream’, ‘Hot Thing’, ‘D.M.S.R. (show closer!!!) and ‘Purple Rain’, which was just fantastic with the aforementioned confetti covering the crowd in purple and gold. I can’t stress this enough though, every song was fantastic, even the teases of classic hits in the middle, it kept me wanting more, but feeling satisfied with what we got. The one thing I would have changed, and I believe Shaun would agree, is that we should have got tickets for the ladies in our lives, the concert and dance party would have been that much better with them there to enjoy it with.
Best concert of the year? Hands down yes. Best concert of my life? It’s right up there. In what will likely be the only time I see Prince, he certainly brought the house down. And now I’ve got a new life motto: Dance, Music, Sex, Romance.