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Prince and 3rd Eye Girl's Pajama Dance Party at Paisley Park, 10/19/13

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Prince
With 3rdEyeGirl
Paisley Park, Chanhassen
Saturday, October 19, 2013


There are a couple of adjectives starting with the letter G you could use to characterize Prince's Saturday morning show at Paisley Park, but the most apt one, unfortunately, is grueling.

When Prince finally took the stage in the early hours of Saturday morning, it was great. But by then, even if breakfast could wait, getting home and getting some sleep couldn't for much longer.

See Also: Prince at Paisley Park, 10/5/13

Doors were at 2 a.m., but since nobody wanted to be left out in the cold, my group endured a frigid half hour-long line outside Prince's gigantic office park-esque Chanhassen headquarters before we got in. Once inside, we were dismayed to learn the only refreshments for sale were water and juice -- and, of course, $1 pancakes. For folks like me who worked early Friday, pregamed in between clocking out and heading to Paisley Park, and were doing everything possible just to say awake by 2 a.m., booze would've been nice, but hell, coffee probably would've been even better. 

But no matter -- we were at a Prince show, so we figured the music would provide sufficient energy. Nothing happened on stage, however, until after 4 a.m. So the first two hours of the Paisley Park experience consisted of standing around what looked to be a gigantic gym looking at an empty stage and eyeing folks' outfits while dance music played over the PA. By the time Danielle Curiel finally hit the stage to introduce her "Breakfast Can Wait" video, some of the more tired among us were strewn on the floor, passed out. You couldn't blame them -- it felt like Prince was trolling us.

That feeling only grew stronger after Curiel's video played on a gigantic screen behind the stage. As the Prince faithful tepidly cheered, Curiel introduced a "behind the scenes" clip from the "Breakfast Can Wait" video shoot. Groans could be heard emanating from the crowd. But then, with the stage again empty, roughly a half dozen remixes of "Breakfast Can Wait" played over the PA, one after the next, as people stood around staring at each other with bewildered looks on their faces. At this point, some were surely wondering whether the $50 "donation" they spent to get in was one of the more regrettable investments of their lives.

Finally, at about 4:30 a.m., Prince and 3rd Eye Girl took the stage as the Purple One wished us all a good morning. Their roughly hour-and-a-half set was very rocking and featured many Band of Gypsies-style tunes I hadn't heard before. Prince did his best Hendrix impersonation throughout, gesticulating and rock-star grimacing during soaring guitar solos. The six-string interplay between Prince and 3rd Eye Girl guitarist Donna Grantis was exceptional at times, but the songs began to sound formulaic after a while -- four-chord riff, awesome distorted guitar solo, riff, out. In sum, the show provided ample rock, but insufficient funk.
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requiemformuse
requiemformuse

This article has been edited to make the author not sound like such a ignorant whiny baby who needs their alcohol to enjoy a show. Certainly not the same words I read yesterday!

Jennifer L'Esperance Arradondo
Jennifer L'Esperance Arradondo

Next time send a younger writer who will focus on the musical Icon that Prince is and not complain about his performance times.

Dan Mason
Dan Mason

So you went to a Prince show expecting Rick James?

Ross Levine
Ross Levine

As soon as the article writer whined about the half our wait I stopped. Clearly did not even have a brief sidebar with whomever covered the party two weeks ago, or maybe wasn't even aware but, I waited for FOUR hours. And there wasn't juice and pancakes waiting for me when I got inside either. I'm actually a tad jealous I didn't hit this one up instead (the one a few weeks ago was pretty cool though).

Noneofyourbiz
Noneofyourbiz

I for one Love it when Prince does Rock and Roll, that was an AMAZING Show! Too bad you didn't like it, next time do yourself a favor... STAY HOME!

Carrie Skrdla Kujak
Carrie Skrdla Kujak

There are so many times I would like to post: "Thanks for ruining my fking week you whiny asshole." Thank you for actually doing it.

Aimee Jackson
Aimee Jackson

You got to see an hour and a half of Prince and his rocking band for 50 bucks at his home studio--what the fk is the problem? Who arrives at 2a.m. for a 2a.m. show? Who doesn't imbibe (or otherwise) before going to a known-to-be-alcohol/drug free show? Are you seriously complaining about being tired? If you're too old to handle going out after midnight, this ain't the show for you. Own it (like I did) and stay home, wishing you were 10 years younger, then wake up refreshed, hoping for a great review in City Pages. Thanks for ruining my fking week you whiny asshole.

THEANGRYBOYS
THEANGRYBOYS

Maybe you should be banned from any future outings at Pancake Park - you ungrateful whiny alcoholic hipster....

Love,

The Angry Boys!

ElliotPark
ElliotPark

Actual setlist:

Let's Go Crazy Reloaded

Chaos And Disorder

Endorphinemachine

She's Always In My Hair

The Sweeter She Is

Purple Rain

Guitar

Plectrum Electrum

Fixurlifeup

The Max

Stratus

I Like It There

Crimson & Clover

Bambi

When Doves Cry

Hot Thang

Housequake

Breakfast Can Wait

America (Prince on Bass)

Forever In My Life

Sign Of The Times

I Would Die 4 U

Shockadelica

Alphabet Street

Nasty Girl

Pop Life

Mr. Goodnight

THEANGRYBOYS
THEANGRYBOYS

Maybe you should be banned from any future gatherings at Pancake Park, you unappreciative alcoholic hipster.

Tiffany Sorenson
Tiffany Sorenson

I'm also not sure why he is complaining about the lack of booze...that was widely advertized.....and mentioned multiple times in City Pages

Sarah Jappe
Sarah Jappe

What a whiner.....the show was freaking awesome!

requiemformuse
requiemformuse

Let's be logical here and forgive the fact you did zero research...even on citypages.com which stated both weeks no cameras, cell phones or booze. Bars in MN close at 2 a.m. For one, Prince doesn't want to have to deal with a liquor license in the city of Chanhassen. Two doors were past bar close so even if he had booze he couldn't sell it. That's the reason there were a ton of sober people there. Can't fault him for that one bit.

Janice Nordquist
Janice Nordquist

Obviously didn't read anything about the previous performance. Water only not news, Prince coming on 2 hours after doors, not news.

mtthffmn
mtthffmn

Sounds like the author should have taken a nap beforehand and packed a flask... amateur!

Kathy Drews
Kathy Drews

y'all shouldn't have left. he took a break and came out and played till 7:20am! who goes to a 2am show and doesn't sleep before going?! that's your bad!

requiemformuse
requiemformuse

@Aimee Jackson He's complaining because it wasn't an exact repeat of two weeks ago or the Dakota sessions. Prince played a ROCK show this time not a funk show and THANK GOD IT WAS AMAZING. It's kinda like going to a Bruce Springsteen show and whining that he didn't play an acoustic set. 

requiemformuse
requiemformuse

@atrupar @requiemformuse Suppose you could be right. Certainly seemed like there was a mention of disappointment about the lack of the 'sale' of alcohol where as today it's not mentioned in the same sentence. Either way it's a pretty shoddy review of a killer show. Prince != just funk and the fact you're complaining about a lack of funk really tells me they should go back to whoever reviewed a couple weeks back.

requiemformuse
requiemformuse

@atrupar @requiemformuse Check the link above, I did. You're certainly entitled to your opinion, though it's quite obvious no one else who posted here agrees with you.

And what's loving funk got anything to do with anything? You went and saw a ROCK show not a FUNK show, it was never advertised as a funk show. I like smooth jazz, there was an insufficient amount of smooth jazz. Oh and country. And electronic. 

Beside the fact 3rdEyeGirl is not even 3 words they are Prince's NEW ROCK band. 3rdEyeGirl is not NPG and it sounds like you expected them to be. Again, the fact you expected alcohol to be served (after 2 a.m. at that!) shows how little research was done and leads one to believe you're not that open to Prince doing something that isn't straight funk.

atrupar
atrupar moderator

@requiemformuse @atrupar I love Prince and I love funk music. Just being real -- would you have liked it more had I uncritically praised it? That'd be a bunch of BS.

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