April 21, 2016, The world received the unexpected news that shocked the fans of Prince Nelson Rogers. As a Prince fan, I was in denial that he was no longer among the living. I still needed more time to see him in concert. It was a devastating blow to the world of music and left fans bewildered. How could this be? We wanted more time.
Following his death, there were countless tributes to honor the legacy of music Prince left us with. Sitting with Grammy Award-Winning Rory Darvel, I learned that of all the tributes he attended following the unexpected death of Prince, he felt they all fell short in providing the closure he sought. The result of all the concerts Rory was invited to helped him create a unique show that he spent a year developing, a show that would bring him closure and hopefully closure for local fans.
April 22, 2017, Rory’s new production company, Attention To Details, hosted its first Prince concert featuring not only music The Purple One recorded but the music he wrote and produced for acts including Sheila E, Apollonia 6, and The Time. The two hour show opened with comedian and host Geoff Brown, whom I can’t say.enough about. He was hilarious and had the audience in stitches. Word to the wise, don’t heckle a comedian unless you are ready to have your *** handed to you, served up on a platter, which is exactly what happened on this night. Geoff Brown was on time with the comebacks while keeping the audience well entertained. It is best to have tissue on hand when you see this man in action.
The catalogue of songs performed included Sheila E’s “The Glamorous Life” as the first song performed followed by sexy performances of “Sex Shooter” and “Nasty Girl’,” and The Time hits “Cool,” “The Bird,” got the house warmed up for the main attraction. In true Rory fashion, the presentation of 21 Prince songs all performed by Rory included “Delirious,” “Little Red Corvette,” “Nothing Compares to You,” “Insatiable,” “Do Me, Baby,” with “Diamonds and Pearls” performed as one of several duets, were accompanied by a live band and very accomplished backup singers.
The evening closed with a screen dropped from the ceiling showing a montage of Prince pictures while his song, “Sometimes it Snows in April,” played and an interpretive dance was performed. This final moment of honor had concert goers crying in their seats. We watched as many of the pics we had seen time and again, as well as new ones we had not, pass in front of us bringing home the reality that could no longer be denied. This was truly a fitting end to the night that was meant to help bring closure to diehard Prince fans including this one who is finally accepting in her heart what was denied for the last year. The evening was filled with old favorites as well as a few that some had never heard before, as Rory, his backup singers, the live band and the fantastic comedian kept us thoroughly entertained and I know Prince was looking down with that sexy smile we all love and approval in his eyes. I look forward to this being an annual event.