Went to see Prince last night at the O2 and he was in playful mood. He was also in fantastic, musically brilliant, whip-the-audience-into-a-frenzy mood.
Opening with Purple Rain, we knew we were in for a special night.
Those expecting purely a greatest hits concert may have been disappointed but most were not. Yes, things did go off a bit in the middle with some longish jazz-inspired instrumentals but if you’ve followed Prince through the years (and not just his hits of the 80s and 90s) then you would have expected that. Jazz is not my thing but Prince puts such funk into it that you can’t help but tap your toes, swing your hips and generally get with the groove.
I thought Purple Rain was the high point of the show but that doesn’t mean the concert went downhill after the first song. It’s just the opener was awesome. Apparently he’s prepared 150 songs to play over the 21 nights of his residency and I would love to go back to hear them all.