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 lotusflow3r.com for about $75 a year with access to advance ticket purchases, exclusive extras, merch, downloads and most importantly the badge of belonging.
When and if it appears, I'll update.