PRINCE Concert Review: Welcome 2 America Tour In Oakland!
Where do I start!!! His royal badness came to show how funky he still is last night at the Oracle Arena in Oakland for his Welcome 2 America tour! When [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]PRINCE [/lastfm]announced he was going to be coming to the Bay last Wednesday and that tickets would go on sale Friday, I lost my mind!! Yes, I’m a huuuuuge PRINCE fan and have been since I was little! Let me tell ya it was a non-stop party!
Driving to the Oracle Arena, I had my Prince cd on and wondering how many songs could my man squeeze in to his set! There are soooo many hits, I knew I wouldn’t hear them all but I couldn’t wait to see the new set up and feel for this tour and if it was going to be different than the last time he was in the Bay.
After paying the $35 for parking (yes, I said $35 bucks so get ready if you’re going to the next 2 shows!), I saw all my fellow PRINCE fans already lined up ready to go in. I have to confess, I was on the air yesterday 10am-2pm, and before my shift I drove to the Oracle and went by to see if I could catch a glimpse of anything PRINCE related being loaded off the big rig trucks that were setting up for the concert! LOL— yes, I know I’m crazy!
Walking up to the Oracle, you could feel the vibe! Excitement in the air and talking to people in line about their past concert experiences with my man. Everyone agreed that every show is the best. What were we in for tonight then??
First up, the opening act who is a legend in his own right! Larry Graham and Graham Central Station! I knew to expect them there since he usually opens up a lot of the Bay PRINCE shows! What I didn’t expect when Larry Graham and the G.C.S. got off stage and came back for an encore that they’d be bringing PRINCE back with them! Prince being on stage jamming before he his own set!!! I lost my mind and jumped out of my seat! They performed “Everyday People” and I think “Take You Higher” was the name of the other song? Sorry I was busy screaming and crying looking at my man! LOL– They end their set and then clips from old school performers run on the big screen as the house lights come up and people head for the bathroom and beer line because you gotta get your stuff done earlier because you can tell PRINCE is ready to party tonight!
The lights go out and the screaming starts, the thousands that packed the house lose their mind to see PRINCE pop up from the stage wearing all white with his trademark high heel boots looking as good as ever!! I’m trying to remember what songs he performed last night. Here is what I remember. If you were there, help me fill in the blanks!
PRINCE SET LIST:
U GOT THE LOOK with Shelia E!!
GLAMOROUS LIFE with Shelia E and then Carlos Santana came out to jam with PRINCE & Shelia E.!!!!
LOVE BIZARRE with Shelia E.
PURPLE RAIN– This is always a crowd favorite and yes….. I cry everytime!!
IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND
Wheeeeew…I’m sure I’m missing some songs, I’m replaying the concert in my head! PRINCE even grabbed his guitar and did Rihanna’s song “Rude Boy” while Shelby J. sang the song we know and love and everyone was loving it! But PRINCE wasn’t done…..
Two more songs were in his back pocket for the final encore. Songs I haven’t seen him do in a loooong time. “Dreamer” and “Bambi”— definitely songs that if you’re a PRINCE fan, you know about and were excited to hear. No “1999” or “Let’s Go Crazy” or the full version of “HouseQuake” we were just given a teaser being asked by PRINCE “who in the house knows about the quake….” and that was it! LOL—
Like PRINCE said during the show, “I have too many hits, we can be here all night people!” Then I was in the crowd screaming— “I’m ready, let’s do it!” LOL– he could have gone all night, but my man needs to save his energy for Wednesday and just added Thursday nights shows back in Oakland. PRINCE did say, “They said we couldn’t sell this place out…How long did it take? 5 minutes!” Classic PRINCE! Loved it!!
Where you at the show?? What’s your review! I’m going to both shows coming up again and waiting to hear if any more shows will be added in Cali so I can drive either north to Sac or south to LA. I’ve done it before, I’ll do it again over and over. Well, as long as I can before I’m broke! LOL—
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