Reviews in 200 Words

Prince, live at the RBC Center, Raleigh, NC, 3/23/11

In Concert on March 30, 2011 at 1:02 pm

How many people in the world wish they would have seen MJ before it was too late? Don’t make the same mistake with Prince.

“Y’all know how many hits I got?” he asked the crowd before flitting across a medley of his Top 40 singles. Lingering briefly on instantly recognizable verses, it took the man about 10 minutes to finally rip open a full song. What ensued was a non-stop clinic in funk punctuated only by a brief costume change.

Other things are certain too: The man is an entertainer. He’s pure sexuality, precise rhythm and ecstatic joy. Even his obscure music is amazing. Knowing the hits doesn’t preclude you from joining the party.

And what a party. Good god.

When he returned to the stage for the second half of the set (clad in a creamy pajama set) the arena took flight. An extended riff on Wild Cherry’s “Play That Funky Music” saw two dozen audience members take the stage for a dance party. “1999,” “Little Red Corvette,” and a brain-melting, 10-minute “Purple Rain” closed it out. Enough said. (You can read other recaps on your own.)

What you need to know is this: See Prince.


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