Prince Concert - Oakland - Feb 23 - Funky and Tight

Prince is and has been one of my favorite artists since I bought one of my first few .45 records.  Funny enough the best thing about pulling these out is that song prices are now back to what they were in the early 80's.  99 cents,  baby.  But back then you got a "B" side…  Here that music industry?!? Yes, I still have my vinyl

This was my second Prince concert, I saw him in Seattle at the Key Arena for his Musicology Tour which was amazing.  Stand out vision was Prince sitting on a chair playing an acoustic version of Little Red Corvette, beautiful.

Wednesdays concert however was out of this world.  My two favorite songs bar none are Baby I'm A Star, which he played full length and Love Bizarre which he also played full length with Sheila E.   I may never need to see another concert again.

A friend and I were in the upper balcony but it didn't matter.  We had an amazing view of the symbol stage and danced for three hours.  My event planner self drooled the entire time.  Lights, screens, confetti bursts were impeccably tight just like Prince commands his band and wears his pants.  Not a surprise, but a delight.  Kudos, production team, you rocked it.

We demand a lot our of our artists (our royalty)… we grow up with them, we support their extravagant lifestyles, we live their heartbreaks, foibles and achievements.  Ultimately we just want to see them have an amazing time when they perform.  All of us in Oakland on Wednesday night bore witness to that.  An artist so very ahead of his time for so long, reveling in a gigantic, prolific body of work, with fans who couldn't get enough.  A GREAT NIGHT of smiles, booty shakes, licks, riffs, and funk.  We needed some foot spray.

Opening Band

Larry Graham and his band (Graham Central Station) opened with some amazing funky stuff which included hits from his days with Sly and the Family Stone.  The set was one-hour and crazy fun.

Prince Set List - Wed Feb 23 - Oracle Arena, Oaktown

Let's Go Crazy



Little Red Corvette

The Glamorous Life - Sheila E.

Somewhere Here on Earth

I Love U But I Don’t Trust U Anymore


Sheila E. came on again and stayed till the end

Clap Your Hands, Stomp Your Feet

Love Bizarre (Prince & Sheila E.)

Play That Funky Music

Larry Graham back onstage with members of the Family Stone

Thank u (Sly Cover)

Prince tossed his guitar in crowd

Sexy Dancer/Freak Out (Le Freak)

Love Rollercoaster/Housequake (partial) - Cellphone Wave

In The Arms of An Angel (Singers)

If I Was UR Girlfriend


Purple Rain

Dance (Disco Heat)


Baby I'm a Star

2nd Encore

When Doves Cry

Machine Gun

Prince riffing electronic style on his piano and samples of:

Nasty Girl / Sign O the Times / Alphabet Street / Forever in my Life / Darling Nikki (this was a huge tease, we all went crazy but he didn't sing it) / Pop Life / Single Ladies / Darling Nikki again (another tease)/Black Sweat / Single Ladies (tease, and giving Sheila E. a hard time)

The Bird

Jungle Love

Pure utter delight.

No Time for the Blues - for Julia

Sometimes a little song is necessary.... My Daddy said to me to thine own self be true Follow that direction and you'll never have the blues

Now I find that's the way I live my life It's one of the reasons I'm singin here tonight

No, no blues, mama has no time to sing the blues No, no blues baby I ain't got time for the blues

Looking for some coffee And I'll I find is tea Getting all pissed off about that Isn't the right way to be

No, no blues mama can't take time for the blues No, no blues mama's got no time for the blues

Don't need to take my troubles to drown in the deep blue see If you love yourself baby your bound to be free

No matter what I say No matter what I do It doesn't matter if things can't go my way Don't got no blues

No, no blues, mama's ain't got time for the blues Don't need no blues, mama ain't got time for the blues

And now before you know it you're at the end of your life Got yourself through it all, all the struggles and the strife

Without the blues Girl you've made it to the end without the blues

No, no blues, cause baby I ain't got time for the blues No, no blues, we ain't got time for the blues

There's too much liven, and loving and fun times, alright? The only way to go is to enjoy the good life

Do what I say baby and you'll win the fight

No blues, baby baby Cause we ain't got time for the blues

No no blues Mama ain't got time for the blues

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