Prince brought old school funk and jazzy new steps when he and the New Power Generation hit center court at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Billed as an “oldies tour,” the Minnesota native rocked through an outstanding repertoire, including “Baby I’m a Star,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” “Controversy,” “Little Red Corvette,” “When Doves Cry,” “Dance,” “Music, Sex, Romance” and “Sign O’ the Times.” The list went on and, as Prince played, he demonstrated how one can stay true to one’s roots, but grow as a person and as a musician.
Lyrically, small changes were made, reflecting his higher consciousness. Rather than, “Let me guide you to the Purple Rain,” we heard, “Let God guide you.” His raunchier aspects have been laid to rest (no “Cream,” “Head,” “Feel U Up” or “Lady Cab Driver”), but his smooth delivery still exudes an unquestionably sexy vibe.
Accompanied by supremely capable percussion, horns, piano and bass sections, Prince used his guitars to deliver a funk-heavy set spiced with tight jazz, hot blues, inspired rock ’n’ roll and even a bit of rockabilly. He also spoon-fed all attendees Musicology, his funky, soulful new album, the title track with which he opened his show.
Prince the man remains mostly a mystery, but his core is undeniably Prince the musician, a calling to which he gives his all for the benefit of all who care to hear, a truly lovesexy mix. Those looking for a fresh hit of Prince are advised to check out his virtual reality at www.NPGMusicClub.com.