Prince's First Marquee Theatre Show: A Review In Tweets

Prince looking magnanimous in Vancouver.
Prince and his backing band, 3rd Eye Girl performed a once-in-a-lifetime show at Marquee Theatre last night. Er, twice--I guess they'll be coming back tonight.

It was pretty fantastic, but don't take my word for it. Here's the Twittersphere's review of Prince's first night in Tempe:

We've never been so envious of the people standing front and center.

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Six Songs Prince (Probably) Won't Play in Tempe (But We Wish He Would)

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[Ed. note: Before this week's Prince-mania comes to a close after Wednesday night's show at the Marquee Theatre, I asked Up on the Sun's writers -- hereafter The Revolution -- to let me know exactly what they were looking for in a Prince concert. Chris24 Hassiotis came through with this list of six songs Prince probably won't play in Tempe, even though we wish he would.]

1. Another Lonely Christmas

There's absolutely no reason Prince would play this song now -- it's an obscure, seasonal, one-off piano tune about a lost lover. It's a B-side to 1984's "I Would Die 4 U" single recorded during the Purple Rain / 1999 era. But it's also Prince at his most idiosyncratic -- vampy, maudlin, hugely tuneful, and plain weird (check the reference to banana daiquiris.)More »

20 Prince Albums You Still Can't Get on iTunes

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Three years ago, Prince's relationship status with the Internet could best be described as "It's complicated."

"The Internet's completely over," he toldThe Daily Mirror, the UK newspaper which give away copies of his 20Ten album. (No, I haven't heard it, either.) "I don't see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else. They won't pay me an advance for it, and then they get angry when they can't get it."

In 20Thirteen, though, it's like nothing ever happened: You can buy "Screwdriver," his new single, right now. Even so, his star-crossed affairs with the Internet -- not to mention plenty of record companies -- have resulted in large chunks of his discography still being unavailable for digital download, some of them among his very best work. 4 Shame on U, Purple 1!

Prince is playing the Marquee Theatre in Tempe on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Prince Marquee Theatre Shows Now Moved to One Per Night

I love this picture so much.
Dearly beloved, I have good news and bad news: The good news is that the potential length of Prince's set-list is now no longer constrained by playing two shows per night when he visits the Marquee Theatre on Tuesday and Wednesday. The bad news is that that means he'll only be playing one show each night. The Marquee broke the news on Facebook Monday, citing changes in production.

The new schedule: The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. each night for one show, beginning at 8. If you bought tickets for either late show, you'll be able to attend the unified concert or get a full refund.

Read More:
- Why people want to have seen Prince, whether they're superfans or not.
- 3rd Eye Girl is Prince's new backing band, as well as a deeply Prince-y social media outlet.

3rd Eye Girl, a New Backing Band, Will Join Prince in Tempe

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Prince's relationship with his backing bands has always been a little more fraught than, say, Buddy Holly and the Crickets or Dave Matthews and Band. There's been several of them, for one thing -- the Revolution and the New Power Generation, along with associates like Morris Day and The Time and Apollonia 6 -- and several of them have become notable in their own rights.

And they're all just so Prince; they're named things like the New Power Generation, for one thing, and they speak in weird Prince numerals and portmanteaux.

Joining him for his four shows at the Marquee Theatre this week is his latest band, 3rd Eye Girl, which isn't just backing him up but also serves as the name of his latest official website and the vessel for the release of these latest tour dates. So who-and-or-what is 3rd Eye Girl?

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

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.)

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