Posted On Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Prince’s Piano and a Microphone Tour…The Aftermath

By Dr. Madeline Sutton

Fox Theatre
Thursday, April 7 at 7:00 & 10:00 p.m.

Because I’m a fiend, I had tickets for both the 7 pm and 10 pm shows. He was hot for the first show, but on fire for the second. He opened the second show with “When Will We Be Paid for the Work We’ve Done?” and projected a photo of a pair of wrists in shackles. Oh yeah, his mood had shifted to social justice, and immediately we knew that this set was going to be completely different from the 7 pm set. He had a few times when he was feeling it so much that he paused on the piano, said, “Y’all ain’t ready,” and stood up and walked/bopped around the stage, communicating every bit of each magical, music energy moment. We cheered and refused to leave (there was not another show that night) for four encore calls at the 10 pm show, until finally he finished the night with “Purple Rain.” He knew that’s what we needed; that that’s what we were holding out hope for. Lawd, I was glad I went to both shows. I had no idea that the only singing of “Purple Rain” that night would be his last. When he finished singing, picked up his jacket and cane and walked off stage, we were at peace with letting him go; the house lights came on; no more encore cheers, just so much respect and admiration for him always being at the top of his game.

Set Lists
Setlist (Early Show):
Little Red Corvette / Dirty Mind
Linus and Lucy (Vince Guaraldi cover)
Nothing Compares 2 U
Joy in Repetition
Muse 2 the Pharaoh
U Got the Look
Pop Life
Elephants & Flowers
I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man
A Case of You (Joni Mitchell cover)

I Feel for You
The Most Beautiful Girl in the World
I Would Die 4 U
Baby I’m a Star

Encore 2:
“Heroes” (David Bowie cover)
Diamonds and Pearls
The Beautiful Ones
How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore
Do Me, Baby
I Wanna Be Your Lover

Setlist (Late Show):
When Will We Be Paid (The Staple Singers cover)
The Max
Black Sweat
All Day, All Night (Jill Jones cover)
I Would Die 4 U
Baby I’m a Star
The Ballad of Dorothy Parker
Eye Love U, But Eye Don’t Trust U Anymore
Little Red Corvette / Dirty Mind
Linus and Lucy (Vince Guaraldi cover)
Nothing Compares 2 U

Black Muse
How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore

Encore 2:
Waiting in Vain (Bob Marley & The Wailers cover)
If I Was Your Girlfriend

Encore 3:
Sometimes It Snows in April
Purple Rain / The Beautiful Ones / Diamonds and Pearls