Review: Celebrating Prince Live on the Big Screen

Prince4Ever Tribute Fence at Target Center for PRINCE: Live on the Big Screen. Photo: Courtesy Paisley Park Studios/Steve Parke
Prince4Ever Tribute Fence at Target Center for PRINCE: Live on the Big Screen.

April 22, 2018 12:05 PM

Landmarks and buildings across Minneapolis lit the skyline purple last night honoring Prince Rogers Nelson. The I-35 bridge, IDS Center, Hennepin County Lowry Ave Bridge, Target Field and US Bank Stadium joined in the purple tribute.

It’s been two years since the Minnesota native and music icon’s death and fans from around the world gathered at Paisley Park as events kicked off on Thursday, April 19, and run through the weekend.


Meanwhile inside Target Center Friday night, about 7,000 fans celebrated Prince: Live on The Big Screen with the help of live musicians and familiar voices, most notably the soulful Shelby J. It was a mix of never-before-seen audio and video of Prince performing while several members of Prince's band The New Power Generation and other musicians who have shared the stage with the music legend played familiar hits.

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"Tonight we celebrate spreading love, joy, positive vibes only. We'd ask that you take time to give love to our brother as we know nothing compares to you," Shelby J. told fans before she performed a duet via video with Prince.

It was unique and beautiful.  

Would Prince have been ok with this particular two plus hour performance? Depends on who you ask.

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Long-time fan Carly from Rochester said, “It was done in a respectful way. It sounded a little different than if you were at the actual past concerts live but Prince would have really appreciated live music and not a dvd style tribute. It was done in a special way and that was nice.”

Carly was there with her sister Erika who was decked in Prince memorabilia she’s collected over the years, “I wish there was more of a focus on Prince, maybe that’s as simple as having the video screen up front versus way back behind the band. And honestly, I had to duck to even see certain parts.”

Erika was referring to the huge speakers that likely obstructed the view of many fans.

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Maybe another venue would have been a better choice? More intimate, more Prince.

Hopefully fans left with a happy heart along with their ringing ears.

Prince fans will be celebrating his life all throughout the weekend as part Paisley Park presents  Celebration 2018.


Sarina Long

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