The band started around 1:50am basically doing the sound check live as peope were coming into the venue.
Ida was playing guitar and along with the regular band (the other 2 ladies) cora was on keys. The entire Hornz section was in the house and all 3 back up singers there + plus a guy singing backing vocals whom I have never seen before. Damaris Lewis danced ocassionally, and prince was in a very playfull mood.
After playing a new song (Big City) and a bit of Super conductor, Prince went into 1999. He took off his sun glasses and mouthed "seriously?!". He had a whole lot of fun with us.
The show was very funky and the hornz were tight.
Prince never picked up an instrument but sang just about every number. He was conducting the bend throughout
and I swear Hannah never took her eyes off him as he was constantly calling out changes.
He gave the Hornz a good work out and I think each of them had at least 1 solo, the trombonist had 2 at least. Donna and Ida were completly backing the entire time. Ida had no solos and I think Shelby J gave Donna one solo during their version of the Gap Bands "Outstanding" other then that they were there for sure but not the focus.
Hornz were well intergrated into all the numbers during the show and came out for each of the encores.
I believe the first encoure was "Let's Work". For about 5 minutes while the band played the instrumental backing to the song, members of the Hornz section had a houseparty dance off between 3 of the Hornz memebers and someone else (not sure if he was a hornz player or someone else in a tux). Lots of popping and locking, running man and even the macarana came out.
Prince announced it something like "in this corner weighing 325 lbs collectivelly" and "in that corner...."
Damaris lewis acted like a "Round Girl" in a boxing match and in between dance offs announced "Round 1", "Round 2" and so on.
After a few more encore songs (and at about 3:50am) the show was over. Most of the room stayed waiting for another encore but when the bassest and a drum tech started breaking down the equiptment we all knew it was over.
The stage was so packed it was impossible to see everyone. I think i spied Cora 1 time and only about half of her was on stage. Liv, Shelby J and other back up singers were so far in the back you knew they were there but hard to see.
Outstanding (Shelby J)
Little Red Corvette
We're A Winner
I never loved a Man
I don't want nobody to give me nothing
U got the look
What have you done for me lately
Which way is up