May 24

Prince - Welcome2Australia Tour - All Phones Arena 11/05/12

Prince - Welcome2Australia Tour - All Phones Arena 11/05/12

Prince - Welcome2Australia Tour - All Phones Arena 11/05/12

Prince - Welcome2Australia Tour - All Phones Arena 11/05/12

Prince - Welcome2Australia Tour - All Phones Arena 11/05/12

Prince - Welcome2Australia Tour - All Phones Arena 11/05/12

I love, love, love Prince. I’ve loved his music since the 1980s. I remember my school pal, Jo used to love him the most, her older brother had all the pre-Purple Rain era albums in their house. For innocent, young year seven students, he was a confusing, unusual and strange pop star. He wasn’t “cute” like Simon Le Bon or George Michael. I didn’t understand most of his saucy lyrics at 12 years old, but the music was damn funky! In 1992 I attended the Diamonds and Pearls tour, even going twice to the Entertainment Centre to see him. Prince finally toured Australia again in 2003. For some dumb reason we didn’t go, opting to save money for our home loan deposit, and having just recently bought tickets to see Craig David (doh! where is he now?). So when the Welcome2Australia tour was announced, I was totally hyped and excited to see Prince again.

I couldn’t handle the stress of trying to buy the tickets when they went on sale to the public, so somehow convinced Dave to go for a “pre-sale” package called the TOTAL Concert Experience. This is what you get for your money:

Get out of the Queue and enjoy the Prince TOTAL Concert Experience!
Hosted by Richard Wilkins – Australia’s pre-eminent entertainment reporter (He was really working the room, even got a pic with him, ha ha)
Gold Reserved Seated Ticket
2 hour pre show hospitality Function
Substantial Canap├ęs (yes, they were substantial) & Premium Beverage selection served at pre Show
Resident Disc Jockey for Entertainment
Power Dance Performers (Didn’t see any dancers, not sure if they were replaced by the vocalist and percussionist who were on stage when we arrived)
Souvenir lanyard for each guest
Fully Themed Function Room (it was purple!)
1 Hour Post Show Party with Cash Bar and complimentary dessert item
1 guest will win a Lucky Door Prize (Another TOTAL Concert Experience to George Michael or Lady Gaga) #

This was for the first show of the Australian tour, so I was really hyped. Dave, Confused Machines & Boztek joined me for the fun at the TOTAL (yes CAPITALS) Concert Experience! The show was great (though after seeing reviews of the shows after this one, it could have been even better). I was so happy to see one of my all-time favourite artists live in concert. After all the bad stuff that has happened to me this year, it was really nice to be able to enjoy myself and be happy. I was clapping, singing, (daggy?) dancing throughout the night. My favourite tracks were:
Little Red Corvette
Take Me With U
Raspberry Beret
Cream
Don’t Stop ‘Till You Get Enough/Cool (members of the audience from the really expensive “Purple VIP” seats got to go on stage and dance with Prince – how awesome would that have been. They really got their money’s worth!)
Encore:
Sometimes It Snows in April (with beautiful white confetti falling from the sky)
Mountains/Dance Electric
When Doves Cry
Hot Thing
Nasty Girl (Vanity 6)
I Would Die 4 U
Kiss
Encore 2:
Purple Rain
Controversy

The set lists for the whole Australian tour are here. The great thing about Prince is that he has so many songs, each night is going to be quite different. I think there were quite a few songs that he sang the next night that I wished he’d played on Friday. I would have loved to have gone again, but I’m thankful that I could afford to see the legend Prince in my hometown Sydney again after 20 years!

Here is the review in SMH

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