My first time seeing Prince live. Amazing guitarist and talented man.
Set List | United Center |Chicago | 09/26/12
2. Let’s Go Crazy
5. Little Red Corvette
6. Take Me With U
7. Raspberry Beret
10. Joy in Repetition
11. Let’s Work
13. U Got the Look
14. Everyday People
16. The Dance Electric
17. Purple Rain
18. How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore
19. Do Me, Baby
20. I Wanna Be Your Lover
21. The Bird
22. Jungle Love
23. The Glamorous Life
ADDED: Thursday, April 21, 2016
Prince died today. I thought it was a hoax so I checked to see if my daughter’s teacher was at school and combed through the news. My daughter’s current English teacher’s son, Joshua Welton, was Prince’s first and only producer. Joshua’s wife, Hannah Welton, was Prince’s drummer.
Purple Rain played at my boarding school’s town movie theater for weeks and weeks and I went to see it every time it played. I learned all the words to the songs and the film. I bought the Purple Rain piano book so I could play all the songs and we even learned and made up group dances in our dorm rooms led by our friend, Leah, who has since passed away.
I was following his Secret Tour very closely and almost went to the Atlanta show but had a conflict and that particular show ended up being postponed. I was pretty set on attending the next show in the midwest no matter what. I recently met with a friend the morning after Riot Fest. We spent well over an hour having breakfast at Nico Osteria being silly, plotting various classroom volunteer efforts so I could get the inside scoop from Mrs. Welton and buy tickets at market price.
Thank you to my friend, Ian, for the chance to see him live because that’s when you were really able to see what an incredibly talented guitarist he was.