Purple Reign Supreme – A Night at the Theatre

I have been a fan of Prince for over 30 years. I had the posters on my bedroom wall, the singles and the picture discs (still up in my loft) I loved everything about him; his style, his showmanship, his guitar playing and of course his superior songwriting.

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His Purple Majesty

There will never be anyone as great as him, for me. He truly was a modern day icon. He could sing, dance, write beautiful or dirty lyrics, and was a multi-instrumentalist. He style was unique and constantly reinventing himself.

Even when he went by a symbol for his name, or had slave written on his cheekbones, I still idolised the man.

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Slave to his Art

I was very lucky to actually see him live in Birmingham in 2014 and it was a night like no other. He was simply electric, and didn’t stop for 2.5 hours. The best night of my life.

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Finally seeing my Idol!

I was due to buy tickets for his “One man and a piano” gig in London this year, but they got postponed, allegedly due to issues with ticket touts. I was gutted.

So, when I heard the news that he had died, I was dumbstruck. I kept hoping the breaking news was wrong, and it was not him that had been found. When the confirmation came through, I am not ashamed to say I sobbed my heart out.

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Gone but not Forgotten

Now, some people think it’s stupid crying over someone you didn’t know personally. I am and always have been, an overly emotional person. Get me on the wrong time of the month and I will cry over a washing up liquid advert. However this was different.

His music had been with me longer than I’d been with my hubby, Leslie. He had seen me through hours of exam revision, long journeys, lounging on sunbeds on holiday, and breaking up with boyfriends in my teenage years.`

Even now, I find it hard to believe he is gone. His music is still on the radio and there are many albums due to be released from his vaults.

So it was with some trepidation that I bought two tickets for “Purple Rain – A Celebration of Prince” at our local theatre.

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Sold Out!!

Billed as the number one Prince tribute artist, Jimi Love leads an 8 piece band who perform hit after hit. Well we would soon see!

Taking our seats in the second row of a tiny auditorium, we sat waiting for the start. Talking to Leslie, he expressed the hope that the act would be good as he was worried that it would be a pale imitation. I leant over and said “If it is rubbish, we will leave at half time, OK?”

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Wearing my Purple PUG Monica in Honour

Immediately the first bars opened up and I knew we were in for a night of amazing entertainment. The stage (and the crowd) literally exploded with noise.

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Purple Rain – A Celebration of Prince

Jimi Love hit the stage in full force, Guitar chords ringing out. The rest of the band were equally as electric. And we were already up on our feet dancing along!

From being apprehensive to how good it could be, to jumping and signing along with every word, we were totally sucked into the performance.

Jimi Love not only sounded like Prince, he played like him too! His guitar skills were epic, and it was almost like Prince was in the room.

His band, were equally amazing. I have to admit being mesmerised by the Bass player Andy T, who was dressed in a dapper three piece pinstriped suit and  who literally didn’t stop rocking with the music, it was almost as hypnotising as a metronome!

His backing singer, Emma Blakk had an amazing voice and danced non-stop. I could have easily listened to her sing solo all night, she was that good!

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You Can’t Beat Live Music

The keyboards were agilely played by Tony T and his finger were on fire! He sounded (and dressed) just like Dr Fink, and was a master of the keys.

Drums were provided by the beautiful Amanda B who had rhythm right down into her bones. She hit the skins as well as Boby Z and looked a lot better.

The horn section of Becca H (alto sax) and Sheila MG (trumpet) were exceptional! They really knew how to blow. The funky horns really added that final touch to the whole experience and made it seem like a Prince Concert.

I have to admit, being the emotional wreck that I am, I shed a tear when Jimi and Emma were singing “Nothing Compares 2 U” The original being far superior to the worldwide Sinead O’Connor hit version. I was transfixed as Emma took on the Rosie Gaines part. It truly was beautiful, and  it made me cry.

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Behind the Scenes

The half time break came and we couldn’t wait for it to start again. Jimi took to the stage in a different outfit, but with the same skills, and we were up on our feet again. Yes, they played all the massive hits, but they played some of the rarer stuff that only really die hard Prince fans would know.

We reckoned that there were approximately 28 songs in the whole concert, and every one was spot on! The night ended with Purple Rain. I sat mesmerised by the guitar solo; his fingers flying over the strings just like Prince. His vocals sent chills down my spine, and I sobbed my little heart out.

I cried for the beauty of the music. I cried for the loss of an idol. I cried for the loss of a musical genius. I cried for the senseless waste. And selfishly I cried for myself.

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His Royal Badness

We left the gig emotionally drained, shattered from non-stop dancing, voices hoarse from all the singing. It truly was a fabulous gig and I was so glad I decided to buy the tickets.

In fact, they have already sold out some of their gigs for DECEMBER 2017!!! That really does speak volumes for the bands amazing skills.

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If you love Prince or his music then I highly recommend you get yourself some tickets to your nearest gig. I can promise you won’t be disappointed!

Till next time,

Txx

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  • LaaLaa

    Prince, he was such a talent and there was such an enigma around him. I was so devastated to hear when he died. Some people you just cant see being gone from the world but he left us a beautiful legacy. I loooove your outfit and I’m glad you had such a lovely time x

    • Tanya Brannan

      He really did. There is also the possibility of many more tracks and albums being released too! xx

  • Joanna

    It’s a shame Prince died he was very talented. Love your purple dress.

    • Tanya Brannan

      He was indeed! The dress is one of my favourites too xx

  • he is a legend and like you said, he will never be forgotten. this sounded like an amazing concert, a beautiful tribute to him.

    • Tanya Brannan

      It was an amazing night out. I am so glad I went xx

  • I was exactly the same, I had just gotten into the car and heard it on the radio, and they played Purple Rain, and I absolutely sobbed. Such a true icon of his time. I would love to see this!

    • Tanya Brannan

      I highly recommend it if it comes to your area Kitty!! xx

  • La French Connection

    The purple outfit is really beautiful (and it figures I guess!)
    I understand why people would cry over someone they don’t know. When they are a part of our everyday life, we hear about them, we listen to their songs etc. it can make you emotional.

    • Tanya Brannan

      It really can, and it certainly did xx

  • Oh wow I bet that is an amazing show to see, espechially for those who love Prince and you look absolutely fab!

    • Tanya Brannan

      It was out of this world!! I can’t wait to see if again, if I am honest xx

  • Beautyqueenuk

    This sounds like an amazing show to see. Love your dress, you look absolutely beautiful

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you so much sweetheart xx

  • I love that purple dress, it looks so fab on you and WOW that waistline!

    Prince was… never a thing for me really. I can recognise his talent and influence he had on people, but I’m more of a mainstream boyband type of girl unfortunately!

    • Tanya Brannan

      I totally get that Susanna, we all have our personal favourites and choices 🙂
      Thank you for the compliments on the dress too xx

  • Leah Shafik

    You look absolutely stunning in this dress! I think this style just looks beautiful on you. I like the tribute too x

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you sweetheart, it is one of my favourites, so it gets a fair bit of wear! xx

  • What a lovely tribute to him, I’m so glad that you enjoyed it. And your dress looks amazing x

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you honey, it is a great dress, and was an amazing night! xx

  • Oh you look like chocolatey goodness in this dress – completely scrumptious!
    I’m glad you had such a wonderful night – it sounds wondrous.

    C xx
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    • Tanya Brannan

      Isn’t is just cadburys-tastic!!! I had an absolute blast xx

  • I loved Prince as well so many have to try and catch this act before they sell out everywhere! x

    • Tanya Brannan

      I highly recommend it Stephanie – They have lots of tour dates so I hope you can catch it xx

  • You look like a beautiful oil painting on a mansion wall in that purple/blue dress! Stunning! Looks like you had a great night 🙂

    • Tanya Brannan

      Awwww thank you SO much Elizabeth! xxx

  • What an amazing event! And the purple dress is amazing on you! Love the style of it and the vivid colour!

    • Tanya Brannan

      Me too! It is one of my favourites – I have it in Teal too xx

  • Sarahjane

    Wow looks like such a magical night! Your dress is absolutely gorgeous too! I loved Prince and was shocked also when I heard the dreadful news!

    • Tanya Brannan

      It was a great event, The dress is one of my favourites if I am honest xx

  • fashion-mommy

    Sounds like a brilliant night out, and I love that you dressed in tribute.

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you so much honey xx

  • I saw Prince live in Manchester last year – he was amazing!

    • Tanya Brannan

      I saw him in Birmingham and it was the best night of my life! xx

  • Laura

    Wow that looks like a fantastic night and you look so gorgeous in your purple dress xxx

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you Laura, it really was an amazing night out xx

  • Oh wow, it sounds amazing and a great way to keep Prince living on- although he will for generations and generations to come I’m sure.

    • Tanya Brannan

      Oh I totally agree with you, like other artists his music is timeless xx

  • Joanna McCaffrey

    Music is so important in our lives. It accompanies us everyday and gets imbued with our emotions. No wonder you felt so heartbroken when the man who created this beautiful music died. And he will create no more.
    I love your outfits xx

    • Tanya Brannan

      That is the sad part; the loss of that creative genius that is so very rare in todays music xx

  • Sounds like a great night, I like your purple dress. I am a big fan of Prince

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you Melissa – this is show is amazing if you get a chance to catch it x

  • I love Prince. I would look out for the tickets.

    • Tanya Brannan

      Great idea!! It’s a fantastic show xx

  • bericebaby

    Oh wow. This sounds amazing.
    I love Princes songs! So glad you had such a great time
    Charlotte x

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you Charlotte, I really did! xx

  • Jenni Grainger

    I love your dress, you look beautiful. Glad you had a good time x

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you so much Jenni xx

  • Ayesha Farhad

    you look gorgeous! that purple on you! And I LOVE Prince! I must keep an eye out for tickets!

    • Tanya Brannan

      It is a great show and I highly recommend it! xx

  • Melanie Edjourian

    Loving the dress it’s lovely. I wasn’t aware that Prince had died.

    • Tanya Brannan

      It is one of my favourites. He unfortunately died in April of this year xx

  • Your dress is beautiful. I totally understand what you mean when you explained how you felt – especially when someone has been a big part of your life, even if only through music.

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you Tamsin! And he really has been xx

  • I love your dress, it looks great on you! Looks like you had a great time!

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you Jemma, I really did xx

  • You looked great in your dress, sounds like you enjoyed your evening with Prince 🙂

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you very much honey xx

  • I’m so glad you had a great evening! I’m an emotional mess with things too so I can completely relate to you haha! You look absolutely amazing in that dress too xxx

  • Tanya Brannan

    I sometimes wish I wasn’t so emotional….but then I wouldn’t be me! xx