Five Reasons You'll Want to Have Seen Prince at the Marquee Theatre

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Pop music is obsessed with youth, but it's also obsessed with itself. Result: An endless procession of youthful musicians from pop golden ages who are rapidly becoming capital-h Historic figures. The MTV era's counterculture heroes are now culture heroes.

Bruce Springsteen is an institution. Madonna is an icon. Prince is the kind of guy you have to see when he comes through Phoenix -- not because you love Prince, but because you'll want to have seen Prince. So why will you want to have seen Prince?

Prince is playing four shows at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe on April 30 and May 1. (You've probably heard about them.)

1. You're just a huge Prince fan.

Well, okay. That one's easy enough.

2. Prince is very good at performing live music.

Prince is a conspicuously talented musician, even among famous musicians; that's always been a Prince-coverage cliche. Like you might go see Eddie Van Halen play guitar, or Michael Jackson dance, or Frank Sinatra sing, there's a certain inherent attraction to watching Prince play music that isn't there when you're thinking about whether you should catch Bon Jovi, even if you happen to prefer "Livin' on a Prayer" to "Nothing Compares 2 U."

This has been in effect for as long as Prince has been famous -- even at the bottom of his career, sales-wise, people who were making fun of his erratic behavior or the words Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic couldn't begrudge him his talents.

3. You want to tell people you've seen Prince

Nobody wants to tell all his friends and family members that he's seen Bon Jovi -- at least, nobody feels compelled to do that. But people operate under the assumption that seeing Prince is important. An implicit reason for seeing him is that you will want to tell your grandchildren, let alone your friends, about the time you saw Prince at an intimate concert at the Marquee.

This one has also been in effect for as long as Prince has been famous -- unlike some other acts of his caliber, though, the impression has only gotten stronger over time that you Need to See Prince. Where his contemporaries have slouched toward nostalgia-act-dom, he's remained someone vital, someone you go out of your way to watch.

4. He still looks like Prince

Do not underestimate how important this is: Prince is nearly 55 years old and he still looks, sounds, and acts exactly like Prince. The only simple way to tell when a photograph of him was taken is to fashion-date his hair.

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730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

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Brandon Iverson
Brandon Iverson

Hey, New Times!! Can you spare any tickets to the 5/1 show?? Local teen band is DYING to see Prince but no way we can afford these tickets. (We only need 4) PRETTY, PLEASE!!!???

Lisa Perez
Lisa Perez

Too bad his ticket prices are sooooooo high!! Oh well.. I've seen him five times already.. Once 3rd row CENTER.. so.. I guess I'll live.. Ugh!!

Dillon Vaughn
Dillon Vaughn

How much did Luckyman pay you guys to write this?

Raymond Smith
Raymond Smith

One reason not to see Prince. 277 bucks per ticket!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gary Waterman
Gary Waterman

Thanks for the heads up. Avoid Marquee Theatre. Got it! ha

cennrenn
cennrenn

Dude seems to know what time it is. Wow.


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christa5
christa5

Can I just win the tickets?!?!?!? sheesh!


Lori Hamilton Eike
Lori Hamilton Eike

I would pay that to see Jimi Hendrix, sorry Prince, love ya but I am not gonna stand at the Marquee for 277 bucks... for the rich only

Sharon B. Salomon
Sharon B. Salomon

Not ready to use my kids' inheritance to buy two tickets to see him. Would love to see him but even Barbra Streisand tickets were not that much!

ThatReadhead
ThatReadhead

I made the mistake of seeing him in Glendale. It wasn't a bad show, but it was overpriced. Let's be honest, nobody pays that ticket price to hear him perform his new music! Nobody. All he performed was his new music and a sprinkling of older songs (2 I think?)  and they weren't anything I came hoping to hear. Give us a fraction of this ticket price, and don't cram two shows into one night maybe, but is there any assurance he is even playing his older music this time? There is a reason the radio stations are giving away these tickets as fast as they can. They have tons of them for a reason. Having trouble selling them? I wonder why. I absolutely love the Marquee but this is ridiculous. I probably wouldn't go to this show for a deeply discounted price at this point. 


Hayley12
Hayley12

Ridiculous to pay that much for an hour and a half show at the stinky Marquee.

pedro.dalion
pedro.dalion

There are at least 272 reasons not to see Prince at the Marquee.

Dan_Moore
Dan_Moore

@ThatReadhead Yeah, looking at his set-lists online I was surprised by how much new material he plays.

Uh-non-i-muss
Uh-non-i-muss

@pedro.dalion I would say closer to 192.  I love Prince's music but I'm not about to pay that kind of money to see anyone short of a full/original Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Bob Marley or similar classic ensemble.

teknik
teknik topcommenter

@Dan_Moore @ThatReadhead well, if you love playing music and are constantly making new creations in your studio it would make sense that the artist would be focusing on what they are currently inspired by.

that said $277?  and then there's two shows?  is the early show $277?

when I saw the price I was expecting to see a hotel room attached to it.

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