LAist.com: Prince Brings Down The House With Secret 4-Hour Show

Prince Performs With Liv Warfield and NPG Horns

I attended the Prince’s secret show in Hollywood on Saturday. At LAist.com, you can read my latest article from March 9, 2014, “Prince Brings Down The House With Secret 4-Hour Show.” Check out the article below:

Nobody does it quite like Prince. The rock god played an epic four-hour set at a secret show at the Hollywood Palladium Saturday night—complete with five encores and some secret guests.

And yes, he was sporting a purple velvet suit and matched it with a turtleneck, huge gold-chained necklace and a black hat sitting atop of his mini-Afro. The concert was supposed to start at 8 p.m., but it seemed like everyone who worked at the venue had something different to say about when they thought he’d get on stage. Friday was the first night in a two-night string of secret shows at the Palladium with his protégé Liv Warfield and NPG Horns on the bill. Bartenders and doormen said he had gotten on stage the night before at midnight after all the other performances, but many pointed out that Saturday night was his night, his time to rock out.

But nobody was prepared for his four-hour dance party that they would soon experience. To get the crowd psyched, Doug E. Fresh was the warm-up act, spinning old-school hip-hop tracks from the likes of Notorious B.I.G. and Sugar Hill Gang. And Prince didn’t get on stage until two hours later at around 10:15 p.m. (which actually surprised us that he got on that early—come on, it’s Prince!). Joining him on stage looked like an army of people—rounding out to nearly 20 folks packed like sardines with all their instruments. He had his all-girl band 3RDEYEGIRL as well as all the brass instrument players you could ever imagine (his New Power Generation). Shelby J belted out tracks with Prince with her impressive vocal styling and Prince even brought on stage Janelle Monae and Doug E. Fresh for some freestyling.

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