Sunday, December 29, 2013

Concert Review: Prince Gives The Mohegan Sun Audience A Non-Stop Show For The Ages

One of the most iconic musicians in music history has to be Prince. He has always been on the cutting edge of music and fashion dating back to his debut album "For You" in 1978. With no new album to promote, Prince decided to take up a weekend residency at the Mohegan Sun Casino with three shows that began Friday, December 27th. Sandwiched between the opening and closing dates was one of the most mind-blowing performances by an artist that continues to amaze.

As fans eagerly awaited the arrival of Prince, the lights would finally go black just after 10pm. The bombastic sound of thunder rang through the speakers as Prince's backing bands 3rdeyegirl and NPG took the stage, followed by the man himself. The night kicked off strong with a twenty minute medley of songs including covers of Janet Jackson's "What Have You Done For Me Lately" and Graham Central Station's "It's Alright." The party really picked up with Prince digging back into his catalogue for the 1984 single "Take Me With U" and 1985's "Raspberry Beret." Prince decided that instead of fighting the audience with their cell phones, he invited everyone to take out their phones and turn the stage lights off for a performance of Michael Jackson's "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough." The first half of the show was a big club party as Prince displayed his James Brown dance moves. It wasn't until he strapped on his guitar during a burning solo in "Something In The Water (Does Not Compute)" that things began to heat up. The audience came alive during a slowed-down funky version of "Let's Go Crazy" as Prince's all-female backing band 3rdeyegirl became the ultimate support for his rock antics. The main set closed with a bluesy version of "Never Take The Place Of Your Man," before blowing the minds of the audience with "Guitar" and the soon-to-be-released instrumental, "Plectrum Electrum."

The encore began with Prince taking a seat at the piano/keyboard, performing a solo medley of songs including "Diamonds And Pearls," "The Beautiful Ones" and "Forever In My Life." Then the stage turned into "Club Prince" and he became the DJ, mixing beats and classic songs like "Sign 'O' The Times" and "Pop Life" with covers by Sheila E. and Vanity 6. As a dozen or more audience members were invited onstage to dance, the arena turned into one big club with Prince and the band closing with "Housequake."

With the audience demanding more, Prince and 3rdeyegirl returned to the stage for a memorable performance of his most well-known hit "Purple Rain." As two hours passed in a blur, the stroke of midnight found the house lights on as all in attendance was hoping the night would never end.  There wish would be granted with a third encore that included a cover of Chaka Khan's "Ain't Nobody" and finally finishing the night with the 2011 single "Dance 4 Me." With another night of Prince still to come, no one who witnessed this musical genius will ever forget this magical night.
Setlist: Act Of God, What Have You Done For Me Lately, Northside, Which Way Is Up, Dancing Machine, Partyman, It's Alright, Take Me With U, Raspberry Beret, Cool, Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough, As, The Sweeter She Is, Something In The Water (Does Not Compute), Let's Go Crazy, 1999, Mutiny, I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man, Guitar, Plectrum Electrum
Encore 1: How Come You Don't Call Me Anymore, Diamonds And Pearls, The Beautiful Ones, Strange Relationship, Forever In My Life, Sign O The Times, A Love Bizarre, Pop Life, Nasty Girl, Hot Thing, 17 Days, I Would Die For U, Housequake
Encore 2: Purple Rain
Encore 3: Days Of Wild, Ain't Nobody, Don't You Stop The Music, Dance 4 Me

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