Thursday, March 26, 2009

Prince's Residency on Leno

Last night Prince gave the first of three straight performances on the Tonight Show, leading up to the release of his new CD set on Sunday at Target. (Not Tuesday, the industry standard release day, but Sunday.)

He's a master performer and I'll be there again tonight for more.

While U2's Grammy opening performance looked desperate for all parties involved and Bruce Springsteen huffed his way in a state of aging boomer breathlessness through a forgettable Super Bowl act, Prince once again demonstrates that he understands his audience and what they want: to be in the club, whenever and wherever he performs and however he gives them access.

That access could be:
  • Buying the $12 three disc set
  • Getting into one of three shows he is doing Saturday night in L.A. (echoing his three hometown shows on 07/07/07) or
  • Joining for about $75 a year with access to advance ticket purchases, exclusive extras, merch, downloads and most importantly the badge of belonging.
I'm a big fan of Hulu (also owned by NBC like the Tonight Show) and wish they had a clip of last night's show up for sharing. I waited before posting this blog to see if they would make it happen. But then why would they want to do something silly like give Prince fans the tools to help drive ratings the next two nights?

When and if it appears, I'll update.

1 comment:

  1. His quote last night: "Prince and the Minneapolis sound...we can't be beat...suckas!" Still setting the standard. I'll remain a faithful fan. Thank God for the funk...