June 7, 1958 marks the birthdate of Prince Rogers Nelson, also known as Prince, , The Artist or The Artist Formerly Known as Prince. This man is hands down one of the greatest artists of all time. I can’t think of another musician who effortlessly fuses rock, R&B, soul, folk, jazz and funk. Questlove explains it perfectly in Rolling Stone, “he sprawls across James Brown, Joni Mitchell, Pink Floyd, the Beatles and Curtis Mayfield in five easy swoops and maintains his own identity.”
I was lucky enough to experience Prince “magic” last summer when he played 2 intimate midnight shows in Montreal. It was the best non-Bruce (Springsteen) concert I’ve ever experienced- and I’ve seen MANY amazing shows! His Purpleness hit the stage at 11:30 and said goodbye at 4am! It was a purely funky show with the one and only Maceo Parker on sax. Hearing funk gems like “Pass the Peas”, “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)” and “Play That Funky Music” as well as Prince classics like “Purple Rain”, “Little Red Corvette”, “Let’s Go Crazy” “Raspberry Beret” and “Cream” made this one of the most unforgettable nights of my life.