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Venue/Date: Target Center (Minneapolis, MN)
Concert Date:  
July 7th, 2007
Reviewer: aceshooter

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Prince makes fans wait - but delivers on stage

Pop Music Critic
Article Last Updated: 07/08/2007 12:15:57 AM CDT

Prince never meant to cause us any sorrow and he never meant to cause us any pain. He only wants to see us standing in the ... blistering heat.

Indeed, the 49-year-old Minneapolis native's three-gig, 7/7/07 marathon Saturday in downtown Minneapolis involved, for many, seemingly endless periods of waiting around, often in the steamy outdoors where temperatures reached the upper 90s.

But, man, the moment he took the stage, all was instantly forgiven. He opened his Target Center show with a breathtaking "Purple Rain," complete with old Revolution mate Wendy Melvoin on guitar, and it was the sort of transcendent moment those in the sold-out crowd will tell their grandkids about.

The day started with a promotional gig on the eighth floor of Macy's, when a grinning Prince Rogers Nelson announced from the small, simple stage: "Minneapolis, I am here!" It was a promotional tie-in to help launch his new fragrance 3121 and, judging by the worldwide press he's already received, it did its job before Prince had even played a note.

The packed house of about 1,400 fans - many of whom camped out when the tickets went on sale last month - waited more than an hour past Prince's scheduled start time of 4 p.m., standing shoulder-to-shoulder in anticipation. Few appeared to be reserving energy for what would become a long night, with the headlining concert at the Target Center followed by a hotly anticipated First Avenue after-show.

So what did Prince give the Macy's crowd in return? Clad in a smart white suit and oversized shades, he sauntered in as his horn-enhanced band played "When the Saints Come Marching In" and delivered a brisk, but memorable, performance.
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