Live: Prince at the Troubadour


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Transforming the Troubadour into the Troubadorm, Prince performed Wednesday night surrounded by lava lamps, black-light psychedelic posters and rainbow-colored beads.

Indeed, the West Hollywood night club reverted to its 1960s heyday, with the inscrutable guitar god channeling his inner Hendrix, delivering a stunning array of guitar shredding and covers of ‘Crimson and Clover’ and ‘Wild Thing.’


Backed by a pair of keyboardists, a bass player, drummer and saxophonist, the indefatigable purple one played for over 2 1/2 hours and three encores. In the process, he bridged styles including funk, jazz, electric, blues, straight rock and roll, R&B and futuristic soul -- a breadth befitting the title of his 2004 record, Musicology.

In the midst of a 21-day stand scattered across Los Angeles (but largely concentrated at the Forum), Prince drew from a set list largely made up of his later catalog, covers and unhinged jam sessions that stretched on until 2:30 a.m. A full review coming later.

-- Jeff Weiss