So much for professional courtesy, but all's fair in the music biz. Prince unabashedly stomped all over The Roots' performance time at the 2013 North Sea Jazz Festival in the southern Caribbean island of Curacao last night, August 31.
With his band at full throttle, and whipping fans into a euphoric frenzy, Prince played a generous selection of his older and newer hits during the nearly 3 hour marathon show.
Prince's show was scheduled for 1 hour and 15 minutes, but he surprised the enthusiastic Curacao audience with nearly 3 hours of non-stop sizzling music -- with hit after hit featuring hot guitar riffs, piano solos, and incredible jams that seemed to even catch his own musicians off guard. With his 11-piece horn section, backup singers and nearly every musical instrument imaginable on the stage, his band was on fire.
Some songs from the lengthy and high-energy set included: Take me with you; Purple rain; Raspberry beret; Nothing Compares to U; Cool; Jungle Love; Nasty Girls and an intense, electric guitar-driven slower version of Let's Get Crazy. During the show, Prince repeatedly told the crowd that he was here to "party all night." Confetti rained upon the throngs of adoring fans during the song, 1999.
On the other side of the festival, The Roots were scheduled to hit the stage immediately following Prince's scheduled set. Hailing from Philadelphia, and currently the House band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Roots were the scheduled headlining act on a separate stage at the Jazz festival. However, Prince wasn't extending any professional courtesies when he stretched his set to over and beyond his allotted timeframe, delighting the audience and thus keeping fans mesmerized -- and at his side of the festival. After five extended encores, Prince's concert ended well after the Roots' own set was over.
Prince and the Roots were part of the 2-day North Sea Jazz Festival, featuring major acts including Los Lobos, Diana Ross, Gladys Knight, Marc Anthony, Paul Anka, Erykah Badu and others. http://www.curacaonorthseajazz.com/en/