Thanks to an anonymous donor and the “frenchonionsoupandkittylitter” youtube channel, we have a special treat today. This is a stellar recording of one of those famous unannounced club shows that Prince used to do.
Here is the detail:
Prince & The New Power Generation

April 11, 1998
Irving Plaza,
New York, NY

Recording: SBD (MTX) – DAT Master – cassette
Transfer: unknown

Live Matrix Recording & Transfer by Anonymous
Source provided by a kind soul
Edited & Mastered by kid with a computer
July 19, 2020

Notes:

  • This was a one-off performance
  • The doors opened at 11:59pm on 4/10 the show took place in the early morning hours of 4/11
  • Prince played earlier that night (4/10) at The Theater at Madison Square Garden formerly known as The Felt Forum.
  • Robert Hunter played earlier that night (4/10) at Irving Plaza.
  • t01 & t16 are missing.
  • track 12 includes a human beatbox improv from Doug E. Fresh
  • track 13 includes Give Up The Funk [Tear The Roof Off The Sucker] (Todd Anthony Shaw, Ramon Russell Gooden, Anthony Banks, William Earl Collins, George Clinton Jr., Mhisani M. Miller)
  • track 14 contains shades of 2001 [That’ll Work] (Charles Luis Brown)

The Players

  • Prince; guitar, vocals
  • Kirk Johnson; drums
  • Rhonda Smith; bass
  • Morris Hayes; keys
  • Mike Scott; guitar
  • Marva King; backing vocals
    Special Guests
  • Mayte Garcia; dancer
  • Larry Graham; bass, vocals
  • Chaka Khan; vocals
  • Mike Campbell; guitar
  • George Benson; guitar
  • Doug E. Fresh; vocal rap
  • setlist –
    t01 – Days of Wild –
    t02 – Thank You [Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin] (Sylvester Stewart)
    t03 – Days of Wild –
    t04 – Everyday People (Sylvester Stewart)
    t05 – Free – (Larry Graham)
    t06 – Sweet Thing (Paul Anthony Powell, Mica Paris)
    t07 – You Got The Love (Chaka Khan, Ray Erskine Jr. Parker)
    t08 – Tell Me Something Good (Stevie Wonder)
    t09 – The Jam (Larry Graham)
    t10 – Mad Sex (New Power Generation)
  • encore –
    t11 – I Want to Take You Higher – (Sylvester Stewart)
    t12 – Guitar Jam –
    t13 – Push it Up – (New Power Generation)
    t14 – Bustin’ Loose – (Charles Luis Brown)
    t15 – Lodi Dodi (Snoop Dog)
    t16 – Talkin’ Loud and Saying Nothing (James Brown)

Total Run Time; 1:53:05.000

Also, I happened to check out the old frenchonionsoup channel and it looks like the Misfits show from Vegas got whacked. We will need to figure out how to make that available again. 🙂

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