LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The always entertaining Prince is making good on his promise to make every show of his" 21 Nights" of dates at Los Angeles' The Forum unique.
Prince and The New Power Generation have played on a stage shaped like the symbol he is known for, and set the bar high during his first concert of the Los Angeles stay. The 52-year-old has never been known for particularly long concerts or continuous encores, but his opening concert at The Forum on April 14th was a three hour plus, 37-song epic, featuring no less than six encores.
While at some of the shows, the pace was reported to be erratic and hard to follow, the classics like "Let's Go Crazy" and "Little Red Corvette" got the crowd engaged, even if it was after the main show.
At Prince's April 30th show, every seat was filled, every square foot accouted for, and five encores kept concert-goers going. With covers of Led Zeppelin and guest appearances from Gwen Stefani, Sheila E., Shelby J., and Nikka Costa, there there wasn't a dull moment.
At subsequent shows, the seats may not have been as full, such as the May 5th show where barely half the venue was full, but as Prince said, "I don't care if its 17,000 or 1,700…"
Chaka Khan opened for Prince with a 30 minute set at the May 5th show, and Whitney Houston, who was ripped from dancing in her seat, hopped on stage to pump up the crowd during "Musicology." That show only had one encore, but as he promised, that fact among others, is keeping Prince "consistently different" through the 21 night run.
— Crystal Lynn Huntoon