Prince Plays 4 Hour Concert in Montreal


Montreal’s Jazz Festival always brings out some of the greatest musicians around and according to Kevin Laforest, he was part of one of the best concerts ever to be seen.  Prince made an appearance at a venue called Metropolis at 11:30 last Friday and didn’t stop playing until after 3am and 6 encores later covered most of his hits along with newer material and other cover songs.

Prince’s lineup consisted of John Blackwell on drums, Ida Nielsen on bass, Morris Hayes and Cassandra O’Neal on keyboards, and newcomer Andy Gallo on guitar which is similar to his touring band with exception to the noticeably absent Renaldo Neto on keyboards.  The members have to learn in excess of 400 songs to be ready at a moments notice since Prince never has a firm setlist.

The first 75 minutes of the show were only a handful of songs mixed with extended jam sessions and included When Eye Lay My Hands on UPeachControversy and Crimson and Clover. Some other notables

Photo: Victor Diaz Lamich

2nd encore
Let’s Go Crazy
Little Red Corvette

3rd encore

4th encore
Joni Mitchell’s A Case of You
Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)
Play That Funky Music
A Love Bizarre

5th encore/6th encore
Purple Rain
Raspberry Beret
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough

So, the question remains as to exactly where he will show up next and will the shows be similar in nature where people can expect to have Parliament length shows?

Many thanks to Kevin Laforest for covering the event and reporting via his blog posts which you can read in its entirety here.

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