I don’t remember why I was in Berlin in November 1994. Probably because of Prince and his performance at the MTV Europe Awards, but maybe it was a coincidence.
The day of the awards my friend Yvonne and I got a tip from another Prince fan that Prince would play an aftershow at Tränenpalast (Palace of Tears, a former border check point between East and West Berlin). We went there around 9 pm and were the first in line. The guy who gave us the tip arrived soon after us. For hours we stood in the cold, more and more people arriving. Some sharing stories of what he played at the awards and we all hoped he would play at this small venue later in the night. Talking about songs we’d love to hear.
Around 1 am they let us in, I believe we paid 50 DM. Yvonne (who I actually had met in 1990 on the bus to Waldbühne in Berlin to see Prince on the Nude Tour. We managed to push ourselves to 2nd row at that concert.) and I ran to the front of the stage and clutched to the barrier, slightly on the right side of the stage.
At around 3 am Prince walked on stage with his band and played for nearly 2 hours. None of his big hits from the 80ties, mostly recent material or what would end up on The Gold Experience album. We were in heaven. I loved that he played Billy Jack Bitch at the end, a song I was really into. At one point during the concert his microphone stopped working. He said “KAPUTT” and everyone just screamed and screamed! Soon they brought him another mic and the show continued.
When the concert was over at 5 am Yvonne and I walked out of the Tränenpalast with the biggest smiles on our faces.
I’m very happy that I grew up with Prince.
Love him and miss him so much.

Fancy Lezzies

Wendy & Lisa gave a candid interview to out.com. They’re talking about their relationship, recording with Grace Jones, their time with Prince in The Revolution and recording an album with Trevor Horn in the 90ties which did not get released, partly because of his homophobic remarks.
I love how they describe Prince as a “fancy lesbian” and getting more upset phone calls from him everytime they share some purple memories.

The ladies new album White Flags of Winter Chimneys is available from Wendy & Lisa”™s web site.

Did you first think Prince was gay?
Lisa: He was little and kinda prissy and everything. But he”™s so not gay.
Wendy: He”™s a girl, for sure, but he”™s not gay. He looked at me like a gay woman would look at another woman.
Lisa: Totally. He”™s like a fancy lesbian.
Wendy: I remember being at that “œSexuality” video shoot and him on stage with that little black jacket and that tie thing around his neck and his black pants with white buttons on the side. And we looked at each other for the first time and I thought, “œOh, I could so fall in love with that girl easy.” It doesn”™t matter what sexuality, gender you are. You”™re in the room with him and he gives you that look and you”™re like, “œOkay, I”™m done. It”™s over.” He”™s Casanova. He”™s Valentino.

Wendy: We had an amazing month with [Jones] in our home writing “œWilliams”™ Blood,” becoming friends, and being bizarre divas. We had to pick her up when she woke up in the morning, and the morning to her was like 6 PM.
Lisa: She gets in the back seat of the car and of course we have to stop to buy bottles of champagne. She wanted to play the bass. She kind of couldn”™t, but she could groove like nobody”™s business on one note. She started to sing and I wish I could”™ve seen my own face. I was like —
Wendy and Lisa in near unison: Oh my God, it”™s Nightclubbing! [Jones”™s classic 1981 disco-punk album with the hit “œPull Up to the Bumper”]

Read the full interview on out.com

21 Nights

21 nights

When I attended a couple of Prince concerts last year, I was hoping for a live album. Especially of the aftershows that took place at a smaller venue at the O2 Arena in London. And in October, a little bit over a year later, this is what’s happening.

Prince and photographer Randee St. Nicolas are releasing 21 Nights, a book of photographs spanning his London residency, including poetry, lyrics and “Indigo Night,” a CD–available only with the book–capturing Prince’s live after-show sessions.

Update: Tracklist of the CD
Pictures: Housequake (click for additional pictures)

21 nights

Whatsthenameofthistown

On my last night in the UK, Prince played the aftershow. I’m stoked.

The concert started with band member Shelby J. on lead vocals for a good half hour, performing covers. The opening song being Honky Tonk Woman, during which Prince struts on stage, wearing a light yellow suit with a hood attached to the jacket, gold chains, black hair band. He’s orchestrating the band, who seemed to be in a playful mood.

After a short break, Prince takes over the vocals and sings a couple of songs from his most recent album before launching into such classics as When U Were Mine and a rock version of Anotherloverholenyohead with pieces of Rock Lobster thrown in. The first encore is 3121, which sounds so much better live.

After another encore, I took the boat back to the West End.
I’m now on my way to the airport for my flight to T.O.
Prince is playing six more nights in London.

Tower Bridge