Prince has still got it!
Here at AMP Radio, Phone-Op Sarah and I are no strangers to the element of surprise. Yet no matter how many times something unexpected comes our way, our reaction remains the same and can be summed up in one word: ECSTATIC!
Thursday afternoon, Phone-Op Sarah and I were presented with a pair of tickets to see Prince perform at The Forum in Inglewood for his Welcome 2 America Tour we jumped at the chance to attend!
AMP is too good to us!
Our fellow co-workers informed us that it would be a long show and although we knew we had to wake up at 4am the next morning we knew it would be well worth it. How could it not be? IT’S PRINCE!
After waiting an hour in traffic, and fighting off all the cutters in the car line to enter the parking lot we finally made it to the Forum!
The concert hadn’t even started but the crowd, who donned their best purple wardrobe pieces, were already pumped for what they knew would be a fantastically entertaining show!
Aside from Youtube videos, Phone-Op Sarah and I had never seen Prince in concert so
needless to say we were beyond excited. After a teasing light show, they were finally shut off and it was concert time!
The concert began with a slow piano solo, and Prince was no where to be seen on the stage. After about ten minutes the man of the night arrived on stage and the concert attendees screamed and cheered at the very sight of him. Prince strutted around the stage and swayed to the music. It wasn’t until about five minutes later when his voice finally poured through the speakers and the fans went crazy with excitement.
The “1999” singer started off with “When Eye Lay My Hands On U,” a slow, soft song that lasted for about twenty minutes.
After his twenty minute intro he talked to the crowd a little bit and reassured them that they were going to have an amazing night because they were at the best place on earth and Prince wanted them to party!
From that point on the songs just melted into one another and he played hit after hit after hit! Namely “Crimson and Clover,” Raspberry Beret,” “Cream,” “U Got The Look,” “1999,” “Cool,” “Little Red Corvette,” “Delirious,” and “The Glamorous Life.”
Now, upon arriving to the Welcome 2 America concert, Sarah and I knew were we fans of the celebrated singer, but we were not his biggest fans….yet. I would be lying if I said we knew every Prince song in the book, but that didn’t stop us from dancing the night away! Our legs are still soar!
One of the most enjoyable moments of that night’s show was when Prince brought his protégée [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Sheila E[/lastfm] on stage. That night was the first time I had ever learned about Sheila E and she sure did make one hell of a good first impression!
Never have I seen someone rock out on the drums while singing their lungs out quite like her. She was born to perform and the crowd went crazy for her. I may not know much about Sheila E, but one thing I am positive about is that she knows how to get the party started.
During her opening performance she invited concert goers to the stage for a dance party! There was no doubt she would pump up the crowd when she arrived back on the stage.
After Sheila E’s concert cameo, the show started coming to an end…or so we thought!
Prince had quite a few tricks up his sleeve, and what everyone thought was his final song marked the beginning of his many encores.
Although Sarah and I were having the time of our lives, the clock was getting closer and closer to our waking hour and as much as we wanted to stay we sadly had to go. We knew we had a rough morning coming our way but the fact that we could say we saw the one and only Prince made it well worth it!
Prince has many talents, but the one that I commend him for the most is his ability to appeal to the masses of every generation. He truly is an amazing artist!