Joey Ramone died 10 years ago today

I listen to the Ramones at least a few times a week.

I can’t believe it’s been 10 years.

I saw them play in a crazy club in Isla Vista called the Anaconda which is now a lecture hall for UCSB.

Life is so not fair. Don’t even pretend that it is.

Prince opening night at the Forum = 3.5 hours, 40 songs

with lots of people gone

Prince kicked off his 21-night stand in LA with a marathon concert of 40 songs that stretched from Thursday into Friday morning.

It went so long that most of the crowd left after the first encore because LA likes to show up late and leave early even when a 52-year-old man is showing them all how its done.

Six encores later we were spent and joyous.

Here is the set list compiled by LAT Music Editor Randall Roberts who is currently writing our official review.

Pop Life
Raspberry Beret
Cool  (Time cover, featuring a sojourn into Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop ‘Till You Get Enough”)
Let’s Work
U Got the Look
To Make You Feel My Love (Bob Dylan cover, sung by the women in the group)
Purple Rain
Let’s Go Crazy
The Beautiful Ones
Little Red Corvette
Medley: When Doves Cry / Nasty Girls / Sign of the Times / Darling Nikki / 777-9311 / Single Ladies
If Eye Was Ur Girlfriend
A Love Bizarre  (Sheila E. cover, featuring Sheila E.)
Play That Funky Music  (Wild Cherry cover)
Controversy  (with Housequake chants)
The Glamorous Life  (Sheila E. cover, with Sheila E.)
Peach (with Sheila E.)
Dance (Sylvester cover)
Baby I’m a Star
Stratus  (Billy Cobham cover)
Sometimes It Snows in April
She’s Always in My Hair
Welcome 2 America

I am going again next Friday. Happily.

Prince is now officially my favorite live performer. Theres nothing he can’t do: sing, dance, rock, be super sexy, be funky, be funny, be weird. It was amazing.