26-Apr-2016 (Tue)
Wherein Prince has left the building, redux.

Now is probably a good time for you to re-read my 26-Apr-2013 blog post about our series of four Prince shows. It's a good story.

I'd sure love to share some music with you right now, but if you know anything about Prince, you know that he didn't make that easy.

This was not the first time Prince had played here, though sadly it was the last. Paste Magazine has put up a pair of streams of Prince's 1993 show at DNA Lounge. Go listen! It sounds great. They say:

Prince and his band would occasionally play unannounced aftershow parties at local nightclubs, often into the wee hours of the night. These aftershows were the hippest place to be and provided Prince and the New Power Generation musicians had the ability to intimately connect with a small audience of hardcore fans. These performances also allowed Prince to experiment with his music, performing new, unreleased and cover material as suited his spontaneous whims. These performances often took on an even wilder abandon than the official concert dates and those lucky enough to attend experienced something not soon forgotten.

The Act 1 Tour hit San Francisco on April 10, 1993 and San Jose the following night. One of the most memorable aftershows occurred after the San Jose date, when Prince and the New Power Generation returned to San Francisco and partied into the wee hours at San Francisco's DNA Lounge. Taking the stage at 3:30am, they proceed to tear it up for another two sets before a highly enthusiastic small club audience. Taped by the Bill Graham Presents crew, who provided sound reinforcement for this late night appearance, this remarkable recording faithfully captures Prince and the New Power Generation in high spirits, laughing and joking their way through two sets jam packed with the undeniably danceable, sex-fueled style of music that made Prince such a phenomenon.

I can't find a torrent of this recording, though. There's a torrent of that same 1993 show here, but it's extremely low quality -- I wouldn't even bother downloading that one. I mention it only so that you can exclude it from your searches.

As you might expect, he was pretty adamant that we not do our usual webcasting of the show. However, a few days afterward, I did discover a bootleg recording that some audience member had made of two of the four DNA Lounge 2013 Prince shows -- and it sounded really good. This bootleg had been at purplehouse2.blogspot.com, but of course that blog is long gone, and the Wayback Machine barely crawled it. Still, if you can find a copy of that, it's a fantastic recording. The CD cover says "The Professor" and "Enhanced by Dabang", if that helps in your searches.

8 Responses:

  1. I remember just not being willing to spend the money on those tickets, thinking they were too expensive (not thinking DNA was responsible for the cost though). Cut to earlier this year and dropping $100 more to see him at the Paramount because I realized it was just getting more expensive each time and so it'd only be even MORE expensive the next time he came around. It was an amazing show and I really wish I would have gone to one of the DNA shows in '13.

  2. Anonymous says:

    There's a bootleg called Starlight Lounge, the first CD of which is the 1993 aftershow. What I've heard sounds OK, samples of Undone and Sexy MF are on Soundcloud. The whole thing can be found on popular "tape" trading torrent sites.

    • Anonymous says:

      The CDs of the 2013 shows are called D.N.A.L.O.L 23-2 and D.N.A.L.O.L. 24-2, which should also help searches. Not aware of any online sources though.

  3. That was pretty fucking awesome.

  4. Edouard says:

    23-2 seems ... available. 24-2 not so much.

  5. MattyJ says:

    I'm guessing that in 1993 there weren't condos and whatnot within a three block radius of DNA Lounge. Today you'd be shut down within 10 seconds if any kind of show started at 3:30.