That was absolutely fantastic! Let me just say it was pretty amazing! Holy fuck we had greats seats, 3rd row on the floor, on the aisle, tons of space and by the end of the night you could pretty much stand anywhere you wanted. Such a great party time!! We couldn’t have had better company either!
Prince played a hits packed set backed by an incredible band of musicians and singers from about 8:40 to 10:50, so just over two hours minus the long encore breaks. The stage was in the centre of the floor and was shaped like the symbol he used as a name for a while. Wish some of the songs had been longer and not medley-ized but that’s a minor quibble given the overall success of the set. Highlight was walking back with two beers as Prince started singing “When Doves Cry”, the song I’d been wanting to hear most. And “Purple Rain” was just as epic as I imagined. The show had built to a huge crescendo by the time this Prince masterpiece was played. Setlist below. NOT all the songs listed were played in full, hence my medley complaint above.
Really glad I went and won’t miss another Prince gig in the area. I highly, highly, highly recommend you go see him the next time he comes around. Even if you’re not a big fan, like me, just go… he’s a legend!
My friend took this picture. Prince is super strict about cameras and security was on high alert all night. He didn’t even allow any of the media to take pictures.
Prince Concert Setlist at Scotiabank Place, Ottawa, ON, Canada on December 3, 2011
Let’s Go Crazy
Little Red Corvette
Take Me With U
Cool (The Time cover)
When Doves Cry
Sign “O” the Times
Darling Nikki / Most Beautiful Girl in the World (Prince on Piano alone)
I Would Die 4 U
If I Was Your Girlfriend
The Bird (The Time cover)
Jungle Love (The Time cover)