Review: Prince opener is part show, part rehearsal, all cool

  • Article by: JON BREAM , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 17, 2013 - 5:39 AM
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chablis28Jan. 17, 13 1:05 AM

Great talent but entirely too self absorbed!

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voiceoverguyJan. 17, 13 8:31 AM

Anyone expecting a "greatest hits" show would have been disappointed but I knew it would be some kind of a jazz fusion jam session and it was a welcoming change. The drummer, who Prince was auditioning was outstanding and the horn players were lights out!

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cannedfishJan. 17, 13 9:12 AM

Based on the article it states Minnesota's biggest music star, really? Bigger than Bob Dylan?

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stanturnJan. 17, 13 9:48 AM

Sorry John, Bob Dylan is by far Minnesota's biggest music star. But Prince definitely has the bigger ego. $70 to see Prince's musicians rehearse with none of his vocals is another Prince rip-off! The sad part is people will pay that even more to see more jam sessions tonight and Friday:( I used to see Prince play late-night jams at Paisely Park for free in the early 90s, and once at Glam Slam where he did a bunch of Beatles' covers on the piano. He only interested in MAKING CASH these days...

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justsayingJan. 17, 1310:24 AM

I remember going to Paisley Park at 2:00 a.m. for a surprise show. 200 people in line, raining, and we walked to the front of the line like we owned the place and got right in.

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monkeyhangerJan. 17, 1310:58 AM

If these shows were about making $$$ surely he would be playing somewhere bigger. Ticket sales for the 6 shows at the Dakota will be around $300K. 3 sold out shows at First Ave would have brought in, at least, twice that. I for one am looking forward to the show on Friday regardless of cost. Madonna tix at Excel where in excess of $300, the best Lady Gaga tix are clost to $200. Main floor seats for BON JOVI are $220!!! Makes $200 for Prince at the Dakota a steal :)

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huskerking76Jan. 17, 1311:09 AM

justsaying, Prince has got a huge county tax lien against Paisley Park so he needs to get some cash to pay those off!

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callmeronJan. 17, 1312:00 PM

Prince doesn't do anything unless there is a big pile of money in it for him. Not even a rehearsal. How sad when somebody is so greedy they milk their fans to watch them rehearse. I am no Prince fan, but I imagine it would have been quite a treat for his fan club members to have gotten free (or low cost) tickets to these warm-up performances. Nope. Instead of rewarding the fans who made him fabulously rich and gave him a 30-year career, Prince decides to milk more money out of his fans. Pure unadulterated greed.

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bashrakaJan. 17, 1312:08 PM

The show was billed as an open rehearsal and soundcheck. If people thought Prince was going to play the hits, then shame on them. Prince's choice of venue should have indicated to people that the music played would be looser. Also, why did people feel ripped off that he didn't sing? I would've felt ripped off if he hadn't shown up. I'd take improvised jams over tired hits anyday.

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mylittleidJan. 17, 1312:20 PM

Pay good money to watch an over-rated pop diva rehearse? No thanks.

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