Prince at the Ogden Theatre, 5/12/13

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Kevin Mazur. See also: Slide show: Prince fans at the Ogden last night

PRINCE @ THE OGDEN THEATRE | 5.12.13
Prince had one job last night, and that was to make this crowd forget about the price of admission. For about sixty of the ninety minutes he was on stage at the Ogden, he did just that, but his focus on the obscure, the new and the abrupt ending of the show left everyone feeling like they didn't get enough. It felt like eating dinner at a fancy Chinese restaurant: Everything was delicious, fresh and enticing, but ultimately, all you did was pay a bunch of money to feel hungry an hour later.

See also:
- Slide show: Prince fans at the Ogden last night
- Donna Grantis of 3rd Eye Girl on what it's like to play with Prince
- Monday: Prince and 3rd Eye Girl at Ogden Theatre, 8 & 11:30 p.m., 5/13/13

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Eric Gruneisen. See also: Slide show: Prince fans at the Ogden last night

It has been promised that no two shows would be alike on this entire tour. This leaves room for quirky choices, and rarely performed sleepers. This approach didn't leave a lot of room for the classics. So did he play enough of the classics? A quick temperature check outside the Ogden after the show says no. Even so, when the classics showed up, they were incredible.

Things started off well. We were treated to a chopped and screwed version of "Let's Go Crazy" that just kicked the funk out. "Endorphin Machine" from The Gold Experience admittedly sounded better than it ever has and left a few people in the crowd turning to their friends doing the Kanye shrug. "Do you guys mind if we lip sync? Since everybody else is doing it" was the way Prince introduced a much beefier, bluesier version of his latest single, "Screwdriver."

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Eric Gruneisen. See also: Slide show: Prince fans at the Ogden last night

The band, consisting of new protégés 3rd Eye Girl, played like they could barely be contained and you got the feeling that lead guitarist (yes, lead guitarist) Donna Grantis might just consume Prince whole one of these nights on stage. She is that much of a beast. Don't fret, Prince has shed his megalomaniacal ways in recent years and become a more benevolent band leader fostering growth and development (no, seriously, this man will be speaking at business seminars before you know it).

So it must be this new, chill Prince who was responsible for a set list that dovetailed into "Dolphin" before anyone even knew it. Prince should be either commended or punished for playing an odds and ends set culled from his catalog and a few covers that had no rhyme or reason. It honestly sounded like he chose these songs because he lost a bet at first. But if you were down to bask in the glow of the purple one then you could definitely get down with this song selection. If you were looking for more bang for your buck, it looks like you would have been better off at the late show that followed this one.

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Kevin Mazur. See also: Slide show: Prince fans at the Ogden last night

Maybe Prince just wants to go all Band of Gypsys on us since the ladies could more than handle the challenge. This was a set of songs that would sound wicked if played by Jimi Hendrix and Band of Gypsys. "FixUrLifeUp" is a new song that definitely benefited from the chunky retro arrangements which were on full display, like when a riff that could have been "All Along the Watchtower" slowly birthed "Colonized Minds" from the unfortunately spelled LotusFlow3r back in 2009.

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Ogden Theatre

935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

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kplogic
kplogic

Built to Spill played Don't Fear the Reaper the night before. You went to the wrong show if you wanted to hear that song.

J Gonzo Booth
J Gonzo Booth

wife pays big$$$...wife gets excited and goes to see a "legend"...wife gets jilted by "so-called-legend" who does not play to his audience...the "legend" is only concerned with sales of his new (and worst) record...I say if you cant remember what got you there, then forget it all. those tix should have been $12.50 ...(still would have been a burn) the "prince" is dead...........

isaaclucero1175
isaaclucero1175

First off.....HORRIBLE REVIEW. ...Anyone that has tickets GO...don't listen to what nonsense is said in this review or the posts of the obvious non fans who are stuck in the 80's...I've seen Prince 5 times now and never has he let me or any true fan down....to me it sounds like a bunch of Micheal Jackson, Justin Bieber fans wanting nothing more than generic pop music with no true musical genius. ...for those who only want purple rain then some of these non fan posts are right, go buy a cd....I don't know what these people we're hearing or where they were standing but all around me were ecstatic and pumped up people who were just blown away through the whole show....when I first heard the price then where he was playing there was no question in my mind that the price would be well worth it...and WOW...it exceeded my expectations....those girls rocked my world and my wife was blown away as well....her first Prince experience and now she is hooked....so to all my fellow TRUE FANS out there. ...GO AND BASK IN THE GREATNESS THAT IS PRINCE AND 3RDEYE GIRL

drjohnaugs
drjohnaugs

I get that musicians rarely want to play their old stuff, the tunes the fans want to hear, quite frankly.  Had I known that I was going to drop BIG money on tickets and not have the pleasure of him give a dose of the past, I would have stayed home.  Gladly.  In fact, I thought his new stuff or his B side stuff was boring.  I looked around all night and saw people yawning, as it was way past their bed time.  To me, he sounded like a cheap cover band trying to sound heavy metal.  No thanks.  It's not his forte, sorry.  

Wish I had not spent the money, and got some sleep.  Had I just danced to one old song and sang along to the lyrics that reminded of an earlier time in my life, I wouldn't feel so ripped off. 

My suggestion to all of you.... sell you tickets.  Keep the cash and throw a Prince party at home.

Sherrie A Peif
Sherrie A Peif

I saw prince a few years ago at the Pepsi Center for $125 a ticket. It was the best show I'd ever been to. Had I had the $250 for the Ogden, I would have gone. Prince is a true musical genius. You don't pay $250 to hear the "classics" you pay $250 to get that close personal experience with a musical genius and all he has to offer. I can't believe anyone would walk away from there upset. If all you want is the "classics" save yourself some money and buy the CDs. That is not what this experience was about.

Michelle Brodeur Brooks
Michelle Brodeur Brooks

That's funny because I heard from several people that went last night that the show was amazing!

Erin Hotvet Sizemore
Erin Hotvet Sizemore

I agree 100% with Traci! ^^^ (It was refreshing to have no cameras and video; to be honest, it too the pressure off me trying to get the perfect photo) A few times, I closed my eyes and just let it sink in. Amazing.

Traci Lynn Markle
Traci Lynn Markle

I absolutely loved that show. There was no reason to expect to see the pop hits on this tour. All anyone had to do was take a look at the recent set lists to see that was not what you would see. I think it is pretty close-minded to equate not hearing a greatest hits show with somehow not being worth the money. That was one of the most impressive concerts I have ever seen. And I think not allowing the cell phone videos was fantastic. It was so refreshing to watch a show without a bunch of glowing cell phones in your face.

Matt Craine
Matt Craine

That concert sucked ass. Complete waste of money. He's dead to me now.

Robert Goose Guzmán
Robert Goose Guzmán

Great review. I'm glad I have seen Prince live approximately 8 times since 1978. My most expensive ticket was like $25. The kicker, I was able to see him through all his various eras and with him playing some of the best artists. I'm okay with missing this show. Cheers

Craig_Houston
Craig_Houston

If you were a Prince fan, you got your money's worth at last night's show. No, he didn't play a lot of his hits -- but if you're a true fan, that shouldn't matter. What mattered was that I was 10 feet away from Prince the entire night watching him shred some of the purest rock music I've ever seen live for an hour and half. It was freaking brilliant. I've always thought Prince was one of the most diverse musicians ever, but last night blew even my most ideal perception of him out of the water. I've never seen a more talented individual live in my entire life.

Victor Carrillo
Victor Carrillo

Did they pass around a church basket to take donations like at church..$250 times a bunch of suckers lol

Erin Hotvet Sizemore
Erin Hotvet Sizemore

Definitely awesome!!! Unexpectidly, it was a kickass hard rock and heavy metal hard stuff going on - there was a lot lot of that; lots of AMAZING guitar. Those who came for a "pop" show were probably very disappointed. He only played one of his top chart songs "lets go crazy" but at a different (bluesy)tempo, it was awesome. The rest was deep cuts with some serious guitar and hard drumming (all girl band - they rocked!) Like I said, def a rock n roll show mixed with some heavy blues (we LOVE that); my husband and I got our headbanging on for sure. A mixed crowd...I know many of them were expecting the "Purple Rain" montage - but it was not that. It was right up our ally tho - well worth it!!!

Brian Rouse
Brian Rouse

But did he make the fans pancakes for the after party? play a little basketball?

dave.herrera
dave.herrera moderator editor

While seeing Prince in this context ranks among the most thrilling moments of my life as a music fan, the showstopper for me, the moment that made the hairs on my neck stand up, the reworked rendition of "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man" (or "Eye Could Never Take the Place of Ur Man," as it were). The clip below isn't from last night, obviously, but imagine this, only subtract roughly 16K people, and, well, magic...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKWNcf6dukE


Michelle Concha
Michelle Concha

That was a concern of mine as well, listening to new stuff that doesn't get me moving. He has to know his music peak was in the 80s and that's what most ppl wanna hear him play. Not new stuff that leaves you feeling cheated.

Dave Caldwell
Dave Caldwell

Interesting review. I'm glad I saved my money. If I could have afforded the ticket price, I would have been going to hear the classics and it doesn't sound like he played many of those.

saracsit
saracsit

From reading the reviews and set list from the previous shows in SF, the banter (lip-syncing) was the same as it was during those shows as well as the set list. The thrill of seeing Prince in such a small venue was worth the $$, imho.

Aaron Wells
Aaron Wells

Well, looks like I just saved myself 200 bucks.

Jeff Hansen
Jeff Hansen

Step one: Get suckers to give you $250 a ticket, Step 2:Play for a little over an hour including almost none of your biggest hits, Step 3: Profit.

kmahoney10911
kmahoney10911

I unexpectedly lost my 25 year old step-daughter, Heather, 10 days before this last Christmas. My husband and our children have been lost this last 4 months without her, not quite knowing which way to turn. Purple was her favorite color, and recently while listening to the radio "Purple Rain" came on. It was a moment when I desperately needed something, as I was crying in my grief. Being a huge Prince fan, the song immediately brought comfort, almost like Heather was with me. Ironically, Purple Rain has always been my favorite song, and yes, it was raining.

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