Here's my thoughts and hopefully this will inspire those of u umming & aaahing to GET A TICKET!!
Basically, These 3EG gigs are getting better and BETTER....!!
I was front row BHM, and it was amazing but I'll be honest and tell you there were parts of that gig that weren't flowing and I could see directly that Prince wasn't happy at certain points. It felt like the guys were just settling in to the arena experience and the crowd were feeling that. The place woke up properly for 1999 tho...!
Ok, next I was seated on Friday night and I got a real good sense of the whole arena.... Right off the bat, everyone was FUNKY IN MANCHESTER! Sorry BHM but it's true! Whole venue, partying whole time. Awesome.
Now let's talk about last night.... For me, and I know it's all so personal, but for me Prince was in a different zone last night. He was REALLY into it. I was front row again and witnessed him taking himself into a deeper place musically than I've seen this year (those of u that know me will know what that means - this was HitNRun number II!) I just came away thinking damn they must be making a DVD of this because Prince seemed to turn everything up a notch like he does when he knows it's being recorded, not just for personal use like all shows but for wider distribution. There was a bit in LRC where he sshhed us (me & Jay Cochrane!) for chanting 'SLOW DOWN!' too early and then he just took himself right deep into the vibe and let it breathe & slowly swell. It was magical. And then Purple Rain... Tbh usually I watch other people during PR cos it's lovely to see their reaction to hearing it live first time. Well I was in the zone myself for PR this time - it was an amazing rendition and I can only describe it as a spiritual experience. Again highly personal but I think there was something special as well going on for the guys on stage. SO.... Last night was a LEGENDARY Saturday nite gig at MANCHESTER. AGAIN!
Well that brings me to the challenge.....and it is...."COME ON BIRMINGHAM!!!!" Let's ramp it right up on Monday, ride on the wave & BLAST THE ROOF OFF THE LG!!!
Thanks to Rob Staples for this report