Three resounding shows at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut on 27th, 28th 29th December closed off 2013 in as typical purple fashion as we can come to expect with Prince. Performing along with a staggering 21 member strong NPG (11 of which on horns) and of course the 3rdEyeGirl trio, he showcased the full range of his catalogue, in a full 7,500 seat arena. The set list included old and new as well as many from his side projects from The Family, The Time, Vanity 6 and Sheila E. The full setlist from the first show was: Days of Wild, 1999, Mutiny, The Sweeter She Is, Something in the Water (Does Not Compute), Let’s Go Crazy, She’s Always in My Hair, Musicology, Extraloveable, Nothing Compares 2 U, We’re a Winner/Satisfied, Housequake, The Bird, Jungle Love, The Glamorous Life, When Doves Cry, Sign O’ the Times, Hot Thing, I Would Die 4 U, Let’s Work, U Got The Look, before rounding up with Purple Rain. The support was Janelle Monáe.
If these shows were anything to go by 2014 looks to be a full-on year in the purple calendar, in what promises the new album, Plectrum Electrum, London concerts, and even a very rare TV appearance. Yes Prince is to put in an appearance on the Fox sitcom New Girl which is set to air on 2 February (‘Super Bowl Sunday’). Although billed as his debut appearance in a sitcom, it is not strictly his debut TV guest appearance; his last surprise slot was alongside Kermit the Frog on Muppets Tonight back in 1997.
If that is not enough, Prince is to headline the ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans which is held across the weekend of 3rd to 6th July. Prince’s appearance is on the 4th and to mark the 20th anniversary of the event, for which the tickets for the entire weekend range from $130.50 to $2,700 although day tickets will be available nearer the time. He will be joined by Chic frontman Nile Rodgers.
Plectrum Electrum is to receive a full CD release early on part of the year. Stay tuned for updates and the track listing will be shown here when known.
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