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April 22, 2016

I’ll surely die if you’re not there

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:02 am

Anyone who has read this blog semi-regularly knows that I am a fan of Prince.  In the span of writing this blog I’ve probably posted about attending a Prince concert at least twice.

I haven’t been to a ton of live music concerts in my life, I can probably count the number on one hand, but I’ve seen Prince live three times.

For those that have been under a rock yesterday Prince died.

I think for those that grew up with Prince as the soundtrack of our childhood/teen years the shock of an icon such as Prince simply not being around any more is overwhelming.

Here are a few must watch tributes that really don’t even do justice to the brilliance of the man:

And if you’ve never seen the Chappelle Show segment about Prince and Eddie Murphy’s brother which is apparently a true story.

Sorry totally not Alameda related at all, I cannot express how thankful I am that I was able to see Prince one last time in concert.  Anyway, thanks for indulging my totally non Alameda related post today.



  1. Ironic that the President praised him after he died of an apparent opiod overdose, and equally so given that Prince was a Jehovah’s Witness. When they look into this further, they will see that the people around him allowed him to continue to use drugs despite the fact he was getting sicker, and then put him on a plane when he had no business traveling. . This is part of a larger national heroin and opiod addiction emergency affecting many young people that the President had identified in a previous speech.

    He was talented and an artist, but with many quirky affectations, and a significant mysogynist. I liked Purple Rain, but that was not acting- that was the way he was. RIP

    Comment by Captain Obvious — April 22, 2016 @ 6:30 am

    • Given that there has not yet been an autopsy, I think it’s premature to say what was the “apparent” cause of death. Also if you judge Prince on one album and one film you really should have several seats.

      Comment by Lauren Do — April 22, 2016 @ 6:37 am

    • You are a class act Cap’n.

      Maybe today you can go to an animal shelter and explain to some kids that their dog really wasnt special and deserved to be put to sleep because it peed on the rug.

      Comment by Boathouse noodles — April 22, 2016 @ 7:48 am

  2. Lauren. Hang in there. Death ends a life, but does not end a relationship. Hold on to that relationship with Prince forever and you’ll be fine . . . soon.

    Comment by Bill2 — April 22, 2016 @ 6:50 am

  3. He was a beautiful soul and his music formed who I am today. Prince was part of my teen music trifecta along with David Bowie and Sting. If you didn’t catch the Jennifer Hudson tribute last night after her color purple performance on Broadway you should.

    Comment by Barbara Mooney — April 22, 2016 @ 7:07 am

  4. It’s been a rough year for musicians. Lemmy, Bowie, Merle Haggard, now Prince. I hope the grim reaper takes a long vacation.

    Comment by dave — April 22, 2016 @ 7:13 am

    • I would add BB King too

      Comment by MP — April 22, 2016 @ 12:41 pm

  5. If you type the word “little” in Google today, the first thing it auto-types is “red Corvette”.

    Too bad. Great talent

    Comment by MP — April 22, 2016 @ 8:33 am

  6. That version of Gently Weeps is a real tour de force. He’s surrounded by elite musicians and yet his synthesis of technical virtuosity & passion beyond label or words shines so far above even those guys.

    I’ve always wondered how much of that was planned or rehearsed. I’ve always thought it was quickly thrown together — ok, Prince, you take the 3rd solo — and he just took over, to the surprise of the rest.

    Anyone know the back story?

    Comment by dave — April 22, 2016 @ 9:00 am

    • Some of the story is here.

      Oh and Prince was there because he was being inducted that year as well.

      Comment by Lauren Do — April 22, 2016 @ 9:08 am

      • Thanks.

        Who is the guy on far left who solos first? Don’t recognize him.

        And the guy in the maroon shirt & grey suit near Prince. Is that Mark Knopfler?

        Comment by dave — April 22, 2016 @ 9:16 am

        • I didn’t recognize the guy in the first solo but this NY Times piece sheds more light on the story of how the George Harrison tribute formed. Includes interviews from people involved that night.

          Comment by Lauren Do — April 29, 2016 @ 4:10 pm

  7. I have only been to 1 or 2 major concerts in my life because they are so expensive and I would never be close enough to really enjoy the musical talent. I thought the same thing when Prince came to Oakland recently, and also said to myself, I’ll see him next time…..

    I am also absolutely heartbroken over the news of his passing, but it is even more painful knowing that I could have actually seen one of the two iconic artists (MJ being the other) whose music was the soundtrack of my pre-teen and teen years. My high school girlfriends and I choreographed a dance number to a mash up of “Lets Go Crazy” and “Baby I’m A Star” that took us to the semi-finals of our state talent show back in the day. His music will always be an indelible party of my personality.

    Carpe diem. Live for today because there may not be a tomorrow.

    That Jennifer Hudson and Color Purple cast tribute to him was transcendent.

    Comment by Dya — April 22, 2016 @ 4:35 pm

    • Dya, Carpe Diem is right. I passed on the Last Waltz concert because none of my roommates wanted to go, but I should have gone alone. Tickets were $25 including a Thanksgiving dinner. Winterland was a shitty venue, but that is an opportunity I’ll never get back and will always regret.

      Comment by MI — April 23, 2016 @ 10:21 am

  8. An Alameda connection: Miko Weaver who played guitar in the Revolution grew up some in Alameda. I don’t know him, but know his sister. She says his band used to play in Washington park long ago and that he lives in Spain now.

    Comment by MP — April 22, 2016 @ 6:44 pm

    • Another Alameda connection is Sheila E. If memory serves me correct, the Escovedo family was the house band at a night club in what is now the Aquatech building.

      In terms of live music, perhaps the greatest event in our city’s history was the Alameda Multi-Cultural Center’s festival at Chipman Middle School playground twenty some years ago.

      Pete Escovedo was the head-liner. The contrast between the musicians in double-breasted suits and an equal number of neighborhood MOTABS sitting on the corner of the stage rocking to the beat, priceless.

      I don’t remember the name of the Chinese Orchestra that performed, just the image of the school’s janitor, who was from China, with tears of joy.

      The finale was Alamedan Earl Rivard playing with his dad. He is still performing as Earl J. and the Minor 7ths.

      Comment by Gerard L. — April 23, 2016 @ 9:12 am

  9. hard not to be impressed by the Super Bowl clip, but the George Harrison tribute concert takes the cake.

    Comment by MI — April 23, 2016 @ 10:39 am

  10. pretty interesting……

    Comment by MI — April 23, 2016 @ 11:02 am

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