i just figured andre and marva got more songs because of the peopl who cancelled -- maybe they already knew the songs and could easily step in
I agree that the show was a little messy, and could have used a producer to trim it up, and keep the pacing in check. But they gave it their all, and that's what is most important.
I thought Morris Day and The Time was too short. Their intro video boasts all of their hits before they hit the stage, and then they only do two of them. Weird. And I'm sorry, but the fake ass Jerome just feels wrong. I understand it's not the real Time, but you gotta have Jerome!
Shelby J singing Erotic City was weird. Isn't she a JW? It was weird either way. I would have rather heard her do Chelsea Rodgers, or LITERALLY ANY OTHER SONG. Only certain people can get away with singing, "I just want your creamy thighs." Also, aside from the Sheila part, it's meant for a man to sing. Seemed out of her range.
Liv doing Hot Thing was kind of strange as well, and was also out of her range. Her version of The Unexpected was far better.
Tyka doing For You a capella. It's the thought I guess. But no.
Nicole Scherzinger doing Nasty Girl was the first moment that got me excited. I think she's the perfect choice for that song, and provided some much needed charisma. Too mad she messed up Baby I'm A Star.
Luke James has a great voice, and definitely does some justice to the falsetto Prince songs. Too bad he has no stage presence.
Judith Hill's performances were absolutely stunning, and the first of the night that lived up to Prince's gold standard of live performance. I now fully get why Prince thought she was special.
Elisa doing Cream was another WTF moment for me. The song choices for his back up singers were very misguided. I think she's a great singer, but Cream didn't work for her. Her Sometimes It Snows In April, on the other hand, was incredible, and one of the best moments of the evening.
Andre Cymone's contributions were all pretty good, but maybe a few too many of them. His version of The Ladder was an emotional highlight for me.
I respect Doug E. Fresh, but it felt like a little too much of him as well. He definitely knows how to get a crowd moving.
Ana Maura's fado song went on waaaaay too long. They should have stuck to an only-Prince policy in terms of the songs. It was nice to hear a rarity like Walk In Sand, but Little Red Corvette was an odd choice for her. I think of the available performers, Andre should have done that one.
Chaka was definitely a highlight. I felt the excitement level rise when she hit the stage, and she completely knocked it out of the park. It was cool to hear Betcha live. I'm glad a Come 2 My House song was featured. It was also nice to see her with Stevie, though 1999 felt off to me.
The 3RDEYEGIRL section was pretty cool. Shelby was a good fit for PRETZELBODYLOGIC, though something happened during the song that made me feel like it got off track.
Bilal was fantastic, but we already knew he would be based on his BET performance.
It was wonderful to see Mayte do her famous sword dance. However, it went on way too long. Who was the singer for 7? I didn't recognize her, and I don't remember hearing her name.
Marva King's contributions were fine, but perhaps a few too many of them. I think maybe Kiss was her best moment.
It was a total trip to see the Game Boyz back up on stage! Love them or hate them, they're apart of Prince history, and have been since Purple Rain. It's too bad Rosie couldn't be up there with them, but I know she hasn't been well. Sexy MF was cool to hear again, but I had to wonder if Prince wasn't turning over in his grave.
Jessie J is a fantastic vocalist, and she really put her all into Nothing Compares 2 U. I thought she and Kip sounded great together, though it did sometimes sound like a sing-off between the two. Her version of I Wanna Be Your Lover was forgettable and should have been cut. If you only have two songs to sing, KNOW THE DAMN WORDS!
Tori Kelly is obviously very talented, but I don't think she's special enough to warrant all of the stage time she got, especially sharing the stage with Stevie. I would say her version of Diamonds And Pearls was her "moment." It should have been left at that.
It was nice to hear Stevie talk about his love for Prince, and him mentioning his favorite song was Take Me With U, which sounded good. Raspberry Beret was kind of ruined, as nobody seemed to know the lyrics to the second verse or the bridge. But it's Stevie. His version of Someday We'll All Be Free was absolutely stunning. And Stevie doing Superstition is always a revelation. The jam session after that with the NPG was unbelievable.
It should be noted that the NPG were absolutely on FIRE!!! As soon as Michael B, Sonny T, Tommy B, and Morris were together, it was pure magic. What a band.
I know the final performance of Purple Rain, played live to Prince vocals, was supposed to be the emotional highlight, but it felt off to me. Maybe if they would have had a picture of him on the screen, or even live video. But everyone standing around with a Prince vocal playing just didn't feel right. Maybe it was me.
Nearly 5 hours was way too long, and there was a lot that could have been cut to make it more cohesive. I never once thought that they weren't trying their best, but I did feel a little disappointed, because I think Prince deserves better than what was given.
[Edited 10/17/16 8:36am]