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Prince at Rod Laver Arena image from NPG Records

Prince at Rod Laver Arena PHOTO CREDIT: NPG Records

Prince Plays Surprise Four Hour Show In Hollywood

by Roger Wink, VVN Music on March 10, 2014

in Live,News

Prince took to the stage in Hollywood on Friday for one of his longest shows ever featuring encores that lasted longer than a complete Pharrell Williams performance.

The Hollywood Palladium was only about half full on Saturday night when Prince took the stage in the second of two surprise shows at the venue, but that didn’t phase Primce.

The first show was the bigger surprise as the Palladium already had a show by Liv Warfield set for Friday evening but various sources started tweeting throughout Friday that something bigger was happening. Warfield ended up playing until 11:30 PM followed, at 12:15 AM on Saturday morning, by Prince who did a short seven song set.

The fact that there would be a second show on Saturday night was announced by Prince during the Friday night event and, without any real promotion, only about 1,600 tickets were sold at $100 each while the venue has a capacity of about 3,700. Still, those that attended received a truly epic show.

The evening started with a DJ set that ran from 8:00 until Prince hit the stage at 10:20. 55 songs (some in shortened versions & not including snippets placed in the middle of songs), five encores and 3 hours and 40 minutes later, the show was finally over.

Included in the set were six of the nine songs from the soundtrack of Purple Rain along with six of the sixteen tracks from the double album Sign O’ the Times. Along with tracks from his own album, Prince touched on four songs from the repertoire of The Time, two each from Sheila E. and The Family, covers and unreleased material.

The following is a tentative set list as published at We will update as more information becomes available.

Main Set
Big City (Unreleased)
Superconductor (from Andy Allo’s album Superconductor, 2012)
1999 (from the album 1999, 1982)
Musicology (from the album Musicology, 2004)
Extralovable (single, 2011)
Let’s Work (from Controversy, 1981)
Love Machine (from Graffiti Bridge, 1990)
U Got the Look (from Sign O’ the Times, 1987)
Nothing Compares 2 You (The Family’s The Family, 1985 / The Hits 1, 1993)
Take Me With U (from Purple Rain, 1984)
Raspberry Beret (from Around the World in a Day, 1985)
Cool (from The Time’s The Time, 1981)
The Sweeter She Is (unreleased)
Purple Rain (from Purple Rain, 1984)

Encore 1
Mutiny (from The Family’s The Family, 1985)
Old Friends 4 Sale (from The Vault…Old Friends 4 Sale, 1999)
People Pleaser (single, 2012)
Ain’t Gonna Miss You When U’re Gone (released on, 2013)
F.U.N.K. (single, 2007)
Dark (from Come, 1994)
Something in the Water (Does Not Compute) (from the album 1999, 1982)

Encore 2
We’re a Winner (Impressions cover)
I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You) (Aretha Franklin cover)
Satisfied (from 3121, 2006)
I Don’t Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing (Open the Door, I’ll Get It Myself) (James Brown cover)
Housequake (from Sign O’ the Times, 1987)
The Jam (Graham Central Station cover)
The Bird (from The Time’s Ice Cream Castle, 1984)
Jungle Love (from The Time’s Ice Cream Castle, 1984)
The Glamorous Life (from Sheila E’s The Glamorous Life, 1984)

Encore 3
Lost & Found (from Lianne La Havas’ Lost & Found, 2011)
Hot Thing (shortened version) (from Sign O’ the Times, 1987)
If I Was Your Girlfriend (shortened version) (from Sign O’ the Times, 1987)
Forever In My Life (from Sign O’ the Times, 1987)
When Doves Cry (shortened version) (from Purple Rain, 1984)
Nasty City (from Vanity 6’s Vanity 6, 1982) / 777-9311 (from The Time’s What Time Is It?, 1982)
Sign O’ the Times (shortened version) (from Sign O’ the Times, 1987)
I Would Die 4 You (shortened version) (from Purple Rain, 1984)
Pop Life (shortened version) (from Around the World in a Day, 1985)
Alphabet St. (shortened version) (from Lovesexy, 1988)
The Most Beautiful Girl in the World (sample) (single, 1984 / from The Gold Experience, 1995)
A Love Bizarre (from Sheila E.’s Romance 1600, 1985)
Days of Wild (from Crystal Ball, 1998)

Encore 4
How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore (b-side of single 1999, 1982)
The Beautiful Ones (from Purple Rain, 1984)
Diamonds and Pearls (from Diamonds and Pearls, 1991)
Sometimes It Snows in April (from Parade, 1986)
Act of God (from 20TEN, 2010)
What Have You Done For Me Lately (Janet Jackson cover)
Northside (NPG Music Club download, 2001)
(Theme Song From) Which Way is Up? (Stargard cover)
Partyman (from Batman, 1989)

Encore 5
Let’s Go Crazy (from Purple Rain, 1984)
Funknroll (unreleased)

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