For those of you out there that may not already know, Prince is playing the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver. He will be performing four shows, over two nights. This is all part of an intimate West Coast tour. The nine-city tour will be showcased in intimate venues and mid-sized theatres for fans to encounter up-close-and-personal experiences of Prince and 3RDEYEGIRL, featuring acclaimed Canadian guitarist Donna Grantis, Danish bass guitarist Ida Nielsen and Kentucky-native drummer Hannah Ford. The dates are as follows: April 15 and 16 at Vogue Theatre in Vancouver, BC; April 18 and 19 at Showbox at The Market in Seattle, Washington; April 21 at Roseland Theater in Portland, Oregon; April 23 and 24 at DNA Lounge in San Francisco, California; April 26 and 27 at The Joint in Las Vegas, Nevada; April 30 and May 1 at Marquee Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona; May 3 and 4 at Hard Rock Hotel Ballroom in San Diego, California; May 7 and 8 at The City National Grove of Anaheim in Anaheim, California; and May 12 and 13 at The Ogden Theatre in Denver, Colorado.
3RDEYEGIRL recently made their national television debut on NBC’s “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” in which Prince and the band performed his newly released song “Screwdriver” and classic tune “Bambi.” This can be seen here.
Rolling Stone has named Prince “one of the world’s greatest guitarists,” and 3RDEYEGIRL is already turning critics’ heads. Says Sticky Magazine of guitarist Donna Grantis: “the full impact of Grantis is her live performance: the interaction with other musicians onstage, the improvisational wizardry and the sheer passion that can be felt.” TheCurrent.Org raves about Ida Nielsen and drummer Hannah Ford: “Nielsen and Ford prove to be a powerhouse rhythm section.” GuitarCenter.com echoes of Ford: “From the moment the show opens until it closes, you will feel the excitement and power of Hannah’s assault on her drum kit.”
Prince is usually out there, selling out arena shows. To have a chance to see him in such small venue, is amazing. During his last visit to Vancouver, back in 2011 , he played Rogers Arena. We had one of our staffers out at that show, and he was spellbound by the Minneapolis-born artist (Read the full article here – Review | Prince at Rogers Arena). I think one sentence in our coverage of that show, really rang out to me, and summarized the entire night – “Once the band started playing Purple Rain I looked to the section beside me and, no joke, a woman was in tears as she sang along to each word of the song.” It takes a pretty special artist to have this kind of effect on their fan base.
I have never personally seen Prince live, but I have watched a pile of his live performances via Youtube and the likes. I can tell you this much, he is a true performer. From the moment he walks on that stage he becomes this larger that life entity, that delivers emotion with every step and every note. He can take a delicate song and use it to pull at your heart strings, or he can turn up the funk and really get the music to flow through you. In my honest opinion, Prince will blow your mind. For those out there that have never seen him, or who have never considered seeing him, he will honestly make you a believer.
For those lucky people that will be out to see Prince play at the Vogue Theatre in a few short weeks, I hope they cherish the experience. It is something special, that very few artists ever try doing. Kudos to Prince for embarking on this adventure. And while tickets prices are a little steep, it will really help keep those scalpers out of the mix.
Here is a summary of show information to make it a little easier on you, if you plan on trying to get some tickets.