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The Artist Formerly Known as Judy Judy

Alameda native and Patch Contributor Judy Judy ("I married Mr. Judy, that's why") gives us a piece of her quirky mind Fridays on Patch

This week I am going to write about how excited, no wait, giddy, yes that’s right, giddy I was to attend Prince’s, “Welcome to America” concert Wednesday night at the Oracle Arena.

Why do you care if I went and saw his paisley badness live and in concert? You probably don’t. But you do probably have something that makes you feel young and spry, that has the feel of your youth, and Prince’s concert did it for me.    

When Prince announced that he was going to hold a series concerts with only three days notice, my inner twenty-year-old shouted, “Yay, I love Prince!”

And then my forty-year-old self took over. “Hold up. Who does Prince think he is? Willy-nilly deciding to have a concert and not giving a girl any notice. If he thinks I’m just going to drop everything and …”

I had to shake my head to cut off the bipolar voices inside. While the 40-year-old me was still worried about spending that much money, ("C'mon, you're 40! Don't you think that ticket price would be better spent elsewhere?") the 20-year-old reminded everyone that this is life and sometimes you have to live it up and just party like it's ... wait for it ... 1999!

At that exact moment I got a text from a friend with an extra ticket to the show on Wednesday night and that shut Mrs. 40 right up!

I swooped up that ticket with such a quickness I think I made "Doves Cry" With my internal argument settled, I turned up, “Little Red Corvette” on my iPod and proceeded to do some serious, living room dance party moves—in the middle of the afternoon.

If you happened to be walking by my house, it probably looked like I was trying to start a broken lawnmower (or having a seizure) but that was just Mama gettin' her grove on!  

Now, if you’re not a Prince fan, you can stop here. I'll give a quick review in the comments below but I'm curious if any Alameda Patch readers saw Prince this week and if so, what did you think?

I'd love to read your reviews because people, I had a great time.

Judy Judy February 25, 2011 at 10:04 PM
And ladies, the costume changes? Ridiculous and simply fabulous! I'm a little bitter because the 52 year old Prince can simply work a pair of heels like he's on a runway in Paris. He wore red and black silky satin, he wore a gold dinner jacket, he wore sequins from head to toe and made them all look amazing. He donned disco ball-sized necklaces, diamond ear jewelry and even made some crazy, white, Nanook of the North furry boots look good. I am a little bitter that Prince can wear white stretch pants better than I can- if I dared to wear white stretch pants, but don't worry, I won't.
Judy Judy February 25, 2011 at 11:28 PM
OK, here is what I could find regarding the playlist for Wednesday's show. Oh, and did I mention he came back out for four or five encores? Well he did! Let's Go Crazy Delirious Little Red Corvette Glamourous Life (Shelia E) I Love You But I Don't Trust You Controversy Love Bizarre w/Shelia E Play That Funky Music White Boy/Thank you For Lettin Me Be Myself (w/Graham Central Station) Fancy Dancer/Freak Out (Chic) Love Rollercoaster (Ohio Players) Housequake Kiss Purple Rain Baby I'm a Star (EncoreMedley): When Doves Cry/Nasty Girl/Sign Of The Times/Alphabet St./Forever In My Life/Pop Life/Housequake/Black Sweat/Dirty Nikki/Single Ladies (all played around on his electronic purple grand piano/sampler of the actual tracks without the band) (w/full band): The Bird Jungle Love
Barbara Mooney February 28, 2011 at 12:01 AM
Thanks for taking me back. It doesn't seem so long ago I was in my Jetta with the crank sunroof and cassette tape playing most of these songs as I pulled into the student parking lot. I remember upgrading to a digital read stereo that let you auto scan 6 stations. When did I get old? Sorry but When Doves Cry should have been higher on the list. I am going to go on Itunes now and download tons of these. I may be old but I am not dead.
Maria M. March 01, 2011 at 07:26 PM
I had a wonderful time at the Prince concert on Thursday evening. My sister surprised me with a ticket to go with her that evening. It was such a fun, electric show! Had a blast! We danced our asses off and loved, loved, loved it. Sheila E. was amazing.....and the 4 encore performances after... well, I can see why people love going to his concert. I am not a die-hard Prince fan, but after the show at the Arena on Thursday evening, I am a convert! The Oracle Arena was rocking all night long Thursda February 24th!
Judy Judy March 01, 2011 at 08:08 PM
You and me both sister! I had a great time and probably like you, danced for 2 1/2 straight. I would have happily danced all night had he played that long! I'm glad to know someone else from the island city had as much fun as I did. And Barbara, the kids are just about ready for me to put Justin Bieber back on the car radio but I'm not quite there yet. Maybe next week... Thanks for the comments ladies!

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