Review – Prince @ The Forum – Inglewood, CA – 05/27/11

Poppinoff May 28th, 2011 | By
Category: Forum, The - LA, Los Angeles, Prince, Written Reviews

 

Prince

Photo by: Elena McMillin

I am still in awe from last night’s Prince concert at The Forum. This was my seventh time seeing Prince during his Welcome To America 21 Night Stand and not once has he let me down. Every set has been different and whether Prince performed in a room with only 100 people in it or a sold-out show at The Forum he has always played to the room.

Prince

Out of the seven Prince shows I have attended, this was my fourth at the Forum and the first Forum show to sell out. The place was packed and thanks to our good friends at Live Nation we were able to score a Prince Purple Circle VIP table. The table was situated right next to the stage and provided an unbelievable experience. The entire show we were in complete and total shock. I could have only imagined these seats in my wildest dreams. Not only did the seats come with a table for us to lounge at they also included access to the Forum Clubs Pre-show VIP party. I could go on and on about how amazing the Purple Circle VIP package is but will cut myself short so I can talk more about Prince.

Its incredibly difficult for me to pick a highlight from this show but I think I have narrowed it down to my top two moments. The first moment was when I was walking to the bar to get another beer and “Purple Rain” began to play. I stopped dead in my tracks and immediately returned to my seat to join in on a giant sing-along of the Prince classic. Through out the song, purple confetti shot from the stage and covered everyone in the surrounding area. The experience was dream like to say the least.

My second moment was during Prince’s on-stage VIP dance party. Prince’s back up singers kept telling our entire table to get on stage but security wasn’t letting it happen. Regardless, as I stood center-stage, Prince pulled up a 57-year-old woman named Sonja to dance with him. She was getting down and had Prince’s blessing to do so. After the show I was walking to the merchandise booth to see what awesome tour merch was still for sale when I heard people start to clap and cheer. My first thought was that Prince or some other celebrity was walking around. I rushed over to check it out and low and behold it was Sonja. People kept stopping to talk with her and take her picture. I got a few moments of her time and have to say, what a sweet woman. I don’t think there was a person more deserving in the audience.

Prince

Final thoughts: The VIP package is totally worth it if you can get your hands on it, and Prince is almost finished with his Los Angeles residency. Tonight (05/28/11) and tomorrow (05/29/11) could very well be his last shows at the Forum so make sure to BUY TICKETS if you still can.

 

Big ups to DB on making this happen! 

Set List – Prince @ The Forum 05/27/11

  • When Doves Cry / Nasty Girl / Sign O’ The Times / The Most Beautiful Girl In The World / Alphabet St. / Forever In My Life / Darling Nikki / Hot Thing / I Would Die 4 U (Sampler set)
  • D.M.S.R.
  • Pop Life
  • Musicology (with Prince and the Band and Tighten Up interpolations)
  • Shhh (with U Will Be With Me lyrics)
  • Take Me With
  • Another lover hole yo head (with Rock Lobster coda)
  • Peach
  • Cool / Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
  • Let’s Work
  • U Got The Look
  • Make You Feel My Love (Bob Dylan cover)
  • Purple Rain

Encore:

  • A Love Bizarre (with I Know You Got Soul interpolation)
  • Controversy (with Housequake interpolation)

Encore 2:

  • Dance (Disco Heat) (Sylvester cover)
  • Baby I’m A Star
  • Kiss

Encore 3:

  • Nothing Compares 2 U
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3 Comments to “Review – Prince @ The Forum – Inglewood, CA – 05/27/11”

  1. Sonja-mama says:

    Sonja (Otherwise known as "mama") here – thanks for the kind words, Lorn.

    My husband planned this special evening on the spur of the moment. We're parents of a special needs child so we don't always have the time or energy to have a night out. I'm Italian and love to dance (it's something in our blood). While up on the stage, I saw all this space that wasn't being used (the arrow point runway) because everyone else wanted to be next to Prince. It was too crowded there to really move to the beat so I just kinda got into a groove by myself. It was all about the music for me. I danced back with the beautiful bald girl singer as I assumed she wanted to lead me off the stage. Instead I was led to the rest of the group and faded to the back where I was able to shake hands with sax player and mouth "thank you" to the rest of the band. Suddenly a young man grabbed my hand and pushed me to the front where Prince then "offered" me the stage. I was stunned that with the young, pretty folks up there to choose from – he asked for "mama". After having my moment of a lifetime, I danced back to the group, mouthed another "thank you" to Prince as I walked past him and again faded to the back. The lights were so bright up there I had NO idea there was a standing ovation for me. My husband told me afterward and I'm still processing the whole evening.

    The response from others as we left the auditorium, hallway and parking lot was amazing. Lots of high-fives and requests to have pix with me (Me?!). When that spontaneous applause broke out – all I could say was; "I'm just a mom", but I guess last night I was "Everymama".

    Remember, too, that Prince is 53. Us elders can shake a mean thang as well as those youngsters. It's all about attitude. Live, love and dance to the beat!

    • Mlacolm says:

      I was at this concert, in the fifth row from the tippy top, and you could feel the love. This moment, when Prince said "Where's my Mama?!" was one of the best moments of any concert I've been to in my entire life, and I've seen the greats. I cannot overstate just how incredible it was, and it happened after Prince, NPG and Nikka Costa had worked us into a lather. So I have to say thank you, Sonja – you got "it" going ON!

  2. Jan Strnad says:

    Wow, and to think that I know you! What a great moment!

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