Last night was the Prince tribute concert in St Paul. Through some luck or strange magic my wife* managed to get tickets to this affair. I’m not going to write a full review of the show for several reasons. First? TL:DR. Second, I’m still sorting out my thoughts on it. While I would love it if memorials shut the door on the past, they just don’t work that way. Instead, in a no particular order short list, are the moments that resonated with me the most.
Knowing who did what and when will help add context to my remarks so I encourage you to check out the full set list here. It’s a good factual account of the night and I generally agree with the review.
-Mint Condition’s set was tight and smooth. No gaps, high energy. It was how Prince did his shows. Morris Day and the Time knew exactly what the crowd wanted and delivered. This combo was a great start to the show.
-Nicole Scherzinger (of the Pussycat Dolls) with her version of “Nasty Girl”, brought that fun and sexy energy that infuses the music, it felt like a real tribute. Same with Jessie J’s version of “I Wanna Be Your Lover”.
-Doug E. Fresh freestyling in “Housequake” and “Gett Off” was mind bending. He finds space in the rhythm that no one else seems to know is there. He’s a hell of a hype man, too.
-Donna Grantis is the real deal. Her guitar work was on fire.
-For my money the song that really went deep was “The Ballad of Dorothy Parker”, not because the song is obscure, but because the arrangement that was covered last night was the keyboard driven version that Prince played in an appearance on Jay Leno.
-I’ve lived a charmed life. Seeing Chaka Kahn and Stevie Wonder on stage together to play “1999” brought that home again. Seeing Stevie Wonder jam on “Superstition” was without compare.
On to the mix.
Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 10.14.16
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Song – Artist – Album
Act III, Scene II (Shakespeare) – Saul Williams – Saul Williams.
Sabotage – The Beastie Boys – The Sounds Of Science.
One Man Army – The Prodigy & Tom Morello – Spawn.
Diesel Power (Remix) – Quarashi – Anthology.
Building Steam With A Grain of Salt – DJ Shadow – Entroducing…
X-Beats (Orbital Remix) – Pressure Of Speech – Digital Empire, Vol. 2: The Aftermath [Disc 2].
Cat People – Cujo – Adventures In Foam.
Saboteur – Amon Tobin – Supermodified.
Inertia Creeps – Massive Attack – Singles 90/98 [Disc 11].
Set Back – Fluke – Risotto.
Under The Gun – Supreme Beings Of Leisure – Animatrix: The Album.
*Ask her about Hufflepuff.