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.

DMSR
Pop Life
Extraordinary
Uptown
Raspberry Beret
Cream
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
Delirious
1999
The Beautiful Ones
Little Red Corvette
Kiss
Medley: When Doves Cry / Nasty Girls / Sign of the Times / Darling Nikki / 777-9311 / Single Ladies
If Eye Was Ur Girlfriend
Insatiable
Scandalous
Adore
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
Laydown
Endorphinmachine
She’s Always in My Hair
Dreamer
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.