PURPLE REIGN: A PRINCE TRIBUTE
We r gathered here today
2 get through this thing called life
-Let’s Go Crazy
By Prince & The Revolution
As I sit here typing, reflecting, and listening to the Purple Rain soundtrack playing in the background I find myself fending off conflicting emotions. One moment I am sad, and the next moment I am borderline happy…a strange paradox indeed. It is said that there are the 4 stages of loss & grief: shock/denial/anger/acceptance. One month later, I find myself at the stage of acceptance in regard to the untimely passing of Prince Rogers Nelson.
Need I remind anyone that 2016 thus far has been a tough year of loss in the world of music… Bowie, Frey, and now Prince. It’s more than my heart can bear. Now, I know what it sounds like when the doves cry.
Simply put, Prince was a musical genius. As was the case with the greats who came before him he didn’t allow anyone or anything to get in his way. By following his own path, Prince took music to a whole other place, like the Beatles did. He wanted to change the way things were.
BABY I’M A STAR
A decade ago, Prince’s ties to Las Vegas were at the Rio in a retrofitted showroom known as Club 3121. Las Vegas Sun columnist, John Katsilometes, revisited his memories and recollections in The Kats Report with the following, “The schedule was loose, the shows rowdy and freewheeling. What Prince produced in that rounded room for less than 1,000 fans was mind blowing.
The superstar took the stage with no announcement and ripped into an unbroken, 2 1/2 hour jam. Segments of “Purple Rain” roared into a nondescript musical foray lasting several minutes, then landing at “When Doves Cry.” There were segments of “Cream” moving effortlessly toward “Black Sweat” and the cover of Wild Cherry’s “Play That Funky Music.”
He ran the track encircling that theater-in-the-round, playing an orange Fender — at least on this night — as the spotlight struggled to keep up. He spoke to the audience sparingly, shouting, “We want to see you here every weekend.”
At one point, the star of the evening bravely waded into the standing crowd near the main stage, vanishing in a wave of revelers.”
Prince’s all too short run at the Rio was only 6 months but he made an indelible impression that has his headlining residency ranked No. 12 on list of Las Vegas Weekly’s All Time Top 25 Las Vegas Headliners . Noteworthy to say the least.
PURPLE REIGN – THE PRINCE TRIBUTE SHOW
Although it may seem all too soon for some fans, it bears to remember that life is a celebration and Prince’s music has been celebrated for more than 20 years by Jason Tenner in the award-winning Prince Tribute show Purple Reign at the Las Vegas Westgate Resort & Casino.
From humble beginnings in small UNLV college clubs to late night T.V., Purple Reign has risen to international acclaim and recognition as the world’s #1 Prince Tribute. On November 17, 2008 the group became the 1st ever tribute/impersonator act to appear as the musical guest on Late Show with David Letterman. That show was chosen by CBS and Late Show to ring in the New Year and re-aired January 1st, 2009 at 12:15am (New Year’s Eve) less than 45 days later, making it the 1st musical performance of 2009 on Letterman. ‘09 also saw Purple Reign crowned “Best Tribute Act” by the 28th annual Las Vegas Review Journal Poll, winning 2 awards by both the staff and readers. Most recently the show won “Best Impersonator” in the 2014 LVRJ poll, and was chosen as the season 3 opener for AXStv’s The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands.
Purple Reign captures the imagination and seamlessly re-creates the blistering performances and raw energy of Prince in his prime and returns you to the era that made “The Artist” an international superstar. Featuring a tribute Morris Day and The Time, Las Vegas DMC, Destination Fabulous, strongly recommends this show as a must see for “Purple Rain” movie fans and all live music fans alike.
I WOULD DIE 4 U
In closing, Prince never meant 2 cause us any sorrow or pain…quite the contrary; he wanted 2 see us laughing and bathing in the purple rain. Our friendship with “The Artist” and his music will never end.
Don’t let the elevator bring you down,
The Kats Report