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“Here we are folks/the dream we all dream of”
He may not have performed ‘U Got The Look’, but Prince’s
1987 sing-off with Sheena Easton best captures the euphoric mood for the 12,000
strong in attendance at the first of the Purple One’s two Melbourne dates.
Whatever ‘the look’ is, Prince has still got it. In spades.
Through his own iconic myth-making, and as arguably the last
great pop star of the ‘old skool,’ his stadium shows have taken on the status
of grand-standing event. Not least in a city that’s been starved of his
presence for some time.
Or as Prince kept goading coquettishly throughout his set, “How
long has it been Melbourne?”
Eight years actually Mr. P. Rogers Nelson, but who’s counting?
Whether planted in the cheap seats, or had put a small
mortgage to be amongst the club-style tables that girt the stage - Prince certainly gave good value in a
two-and-a-half hour set that cherry-picked some twenty plus selections from his
three-decade long catalogue.