Since the unexpected death of Prince in mid April, many artists have included some of Prince’s songs in their set lists. The best I have seen so far has been Anthony Hamilton and his background vocalists performing “Adore” and of course D’Angelo performing “Sometimes it snows in April” on The Tonight Show. His performance was moving, emotional and touching. I almost shed a tear myself. Of course we know there was a lot of controversy regarding Madonna wanting to pay tribute to Prince. And like many thought, it was awful. Dragging Stevie Wonder on stage with her couldn’t rescue that dreadful performance.
My friend Farnell decided to put a tribute show together but with a karaoke twist at the Doug Fir Lounge with his band The Othership Connection. Now granted, I can’t sing but I was willing to put myself out there and sing “Take Me With You”, the duet with Prince and Apollonia from the movie Purple Rain. I even photoshopped a photo of myself with Prince. But when I saw the set list, “Take Me With You” wasn’t on it. Bummer.
Farnell asked me to take photos and shoot some video of the show. The crowd was great, band was great and some brave souls got on stage to sing a couple songs. Then I heard them start the song “I would die 4 u”. I got the courage to get on stage behind a mic and perform the song with Arietta and Reva. Now granted I wasn’t really singing and wasn’t sure if that mic was on. But it was super fun being on stage and connecting with the audience with the hand movements from the movie. And someone caught some of the performance on video. I returned to the stage during “Pop Life”. That is my all time favorite Prince song.
The rest of the photos can be seen here.
I am looking forward to the BET Awards and what they have in store for the Prince Tribute. Billboard tried and failed and that petty tweet BET sent afterwards was classic. I know it has to include the original members of The Time, Sheila E, Larry Graham, The Revolution, NPG and Chaka for it to be complete. Lots of pressure on them to come correct.
Still hard to believe Prince is gone. But Prince left a huge legacy of great music and many memories of great performances. That will never die.