Prince performed is final concert in Atlanta, Georgia at the Fox Theatre, as a part of his Piano & a Microphone Tour, just days before his sudden death. Photos and video have surfaced online and you can see them right here and find out what that last performance was like for attendees.
As the world is still in shock, there’s a sudden insatiable interest in what was the last concert. It was just a week before the shocking and untimely death of the legendary Purple One. It was on Thursday night, April 14 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. As with all of his concert performances, there was a strict no photo and no video policy. But, nonetheless some intrepid fans were able to take photos and capture some of the performance in video.
In the hours after his death at at his Paisley Park residence near Minneapolis, Minnesota, more and more of these pictures and video began to appear in social media as fans realized what rare, rare gems they had. You can see many of them below.
As media outlets have striven to cover this last concert that was, after all, supposed to have been just one stop of an ongoing and critically acclaimed tour. It was an unusual tour, as it was literally Prince at a purple baby grand Yamaha piano; no backing band, no elaborate pyrotechnics. None are needed when one is a musical genius and a legend. But now much like history has been passed down in the era before social media and mass media, for that matter, we must rely on reports of eye witnesses. Collectively they paint a picture of the artist at the height of his creative powers, strong, energetic, with no apparent signs of illness.
According to CNN’s Melonyce McAfee, “Prince played the audience like a second instrument, bringing us to our feet for ‘I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man’ and virtually to our knees with his mournful take on Joni Mitchell’s ‘A Case of You.'”
Variety quotes an attendee, sports reporter Jake Reuse who says, ““It was more like a church service than a concert…It was such a racially diverse crowd. Everyone was singing and dancing.”
He added, ““The whole performance was electric…It’s hard to imagine someone being so alive and so powerful and now we get the news that things weren’t going well.”
The New York Daily News quotes RaeNee Jemison who says, ““It’s super intimate, it’s an old fashioned kind of setup, so you felt you were connecting with him.” Continuing, she adds, “He came back out maybe two or three times because we wouldn’t stop clapping.”
People quotes an attendee, Celeste Headlee, who says, “He started the concert with an apology. He said he was sorry for canceling the week before. But he gave an incredible performance with at least four encores.” She continues, saying, “There was a tiny bit of gravel in his voice from time to time, but that was the only indication that he’d felt ill the week before.”
She also said, “He performed at the height of his powers, but he always did that…That’s one of the things that made him great. Very few artists could sit at the piano and totally kill a concert using just that instrument and the power of his voice. He was that kind of master. He had the entire audience in the palm of his hand.”
And in the aftermath of his death, as the shocking news instantly went viral, hat’s become true of the entire world. Here’s the complete set-list of the concert. Ironically, it includes a tribute to another legend we have lost much too soon; Prince performs a cover of David Bowie’s ‘Heroes.’
1. Little Red Corvette / Dirty Mind
2. Linus and Lucy Vince Guaraldi cover)
3. not The Beautiful Ones – it was something else
4. Nothing Compares 2 U
5. Bio and chat – chopsticks / instrumental funky jam
6. Joy in Repetition
7. Muse 2 the Pharaoh
8. U Got the Look
9. Pop Life
10. Elephants & Flowers
11. I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man
12. A Case of You (Joni Mitchell cover)
13. I Feel for You
15. The Most Beautiful Girl in the World
16. I Would Die 4 U
17. Baby I’m a Star
18. “Heroes” (David Bowie cover)
19. Diamonds and Pearls
21. The Beautiful Ones
22. How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore
23. Do Me, Baby
24. I Wanna Be Your Lover
You can see the photo and video highlights below of Prince’s final concert.
— CeeLo Green (@CeeLoGreen) April 15, 2016
Prince concert at The Fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Ga. pic.twitter.com/au9VGI13i2
— Chris Schneider (@glitterateur) April 14, 2016
— Shawna Michaels (@ShawnaMichaels) April 21, 2016
— David Swett Jr (@dswettjr) April 21, 2016
Pictures: PR Photos