Prince & 3rdEyeGirl Live at Stadthalle Vienna Saturday 07th June 2014
Most likely the best Prince concert I’ve seen ‘till now - and I’ve seen him several times before. Not that I ever saw a “bad” one, but this night was magic!
In the beginning I wasn’t sure if the show has the potential to be great as the doors did not open and the soundcheck gos on and on and on, what normaly is a quite bad sign. If Prince s not satisfied with the sound, he might not be in the mood for a great show. Finally we get in and this time you knew by the moment he appears “this will be a fantastic evening”. He grins to the audience and obvioulsy loved to play, had a great mood and was full of energy from the very beginning.
There wasn’t a single moment of “boring” time, not one “filling song” or any second where nothing happens on stage. Prince and the three girls, sometimes with additional help on the keybords managed to play with 100% power all nite long. There was a “wall of sound” like you stand in front of a 12 piece band and there wasn’t a single moment that got out of Prince’s control. Just a finger sign and the song stoped “on the four” or he got “2” drum beats followed by “10”. He even directed the audience to sing different phrases left of stage or right. The men got other lines than the women and everybody follows.
It wasn’t important which song was played, it was a hit anyhow. For more than 1 and a half hour he played a “Best Of” set. After that some of the new songs got their place betwen more of his iconic hit material and everybody was enjoying it even more. This was so much more a big party Than a concert!
You don’t even miss the “normal” atmosphere of people taking photos and films with their mobile device. Sometimes you feel like “wow, this would make a great picture”, but then you had no time to think about that any longer as the party goes on and on with even more exiting moments.Taking pictures was not allowed and the security was looking for everybody who tries, so no real “good” pictures could be done.
Some while before Prince starts with a almost never ending row of encores he ask everybody to put out their mobile and that’s when these little stage shot where done, but he was right. That can’t capture the show, can’t even get close to what happened on stage.
All the other pics are done “in the sorounding”. It’s the billbord that was postered in vienna and I found one on a contruction site, already stickered with another one on on top, but I could manage to restore it. You see the cue in front of the doors, my ticket for the “golden circle”, the standing area in front of the stage and the “normal” standing audience outside the “golden circle”. Well, and the stage after the party was over, the floor covered with “purple rain” (paper pieces) that have been blown into the air while playing the final sequence of Purple Rain.