the purple one..
Last night I was stretched across my sofa watching the L Word on my laptop when I got a call to see if I wanted to see Prince do a secret gig at KoKo's in North London.
An hour later I was there, the celeb count was great.. Matthew Williamson, David Furnish, David Walliams, Pete Burns (wrapped in a union jack!?!?!) to name but a few.
I've never seen Prince, I probably won't ever again. He played for about two hours. There was few too many slow jams for my liking, and alot of new stuff but I could have watched him dancing till the middle of next week. He is a proper mover, totally in tune with the music. There were two highlights..
At the end one of his singers belted out a version of Gnarls Barclay's Crazy while he climbed on top of a speaker stack and went crazy..then he jumped down and did a fevered rendition of Nothing Compares 2 U. Wow.
Half way through the gig he invited some audience members on stage. There's nothing more embarassing than watching people just like you and me, trying to 'feel the funk' alongside Prince on stage. One girl was particularly loving it, and quite fancied herself as a proper dancer... Prince slid up to her and let her plant a kiss on his cheek, after which he fell down on his back in a theatrical display of love. Then the girl decided to ..wait for it.. STRADDLE.. Prince and start grinding in his face while he is lying on his back.
It was an excruciating moment, that lasted about 3 seconds before the girl was forcibly removed from Prince and the stage (and probably the building) by 3 big burly bouncers. It made my night.
If you like Prince, listen to the Mash Up tonight from 10pm or listen again anytime you like next week.