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Instead of talking about that day, how I felt, or loss, this year I will be different and a celebration. The first year was shock, and Coachella tributes, last year (2017) was my tattoo and party on the anniversary.

In 2011, I made a last minute decision to travel to California…mind you, Los Angeles. In the process of that trip, a late decision was made to attend the Prince residency at the historic Fabulous Forum in Inglewood California on 4/21/11. The building had been recently returned to its venue status, after being a church since the teams had left years ago for Staples Center.

After an already full day, with a game of the Atlanta Braves beating the Los Angeles Dodgers, however losing the series, my iPhone died as we pulled into the Forum parking lot. Excited to see Prince, though the scalped price of $100 per ticket, for face value $25 tickets was not agreeable, especially through my nemesis StubHub, we arrived, and you could hear The Time performing through the paper-thin walls of the building.

Initially our tickets scanned as “already entered,” and I just shook my head on the money spent, knowing that I could’ve gotten legitimate tickets, though we later found out that the tickets were just printed multiple times. Upon entering, the set list was as follows:

1. When Eye Lay My Hands on U
2. Crimson & Clover
(Tommy James & the Shondells cover) (With Wild Thing interpolation)
3. Take Me With U
4. Guitar
5. Anotherloverholenyohead (With Rock Lobster coda)
6. Shhh
7. Mountains
8. Everyday People (Sly & The Family Stone cover)
9. The Glamorous Life (Sheila E. cover) (with Sheila E. and Soul Sacrifice coda)
10. Nothing Compares 2 U
11. Raspberry Beret
12. Cream
13. Cool (The Time cover)
14. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ (Michael Jackson cover)
15. Let’s Work
16. U Got the Look
17. Let’s Go Crazy
18. Delirious
19. 1999
20. Little Red Corvette
Encore:
21. Purple Rain
22. Sampler set
– When Doves Cry
– Hot Thing
– Nasty Girl (Vanity 6 cover)
– Sign “☮” the Times
– The Most Beautiful Girl in the World
– Darling Nikki
– Forever in My Life
– I Would Die 4 U
Encore 2:
23. Kiss
Encore 3:
24. Controversy

Each time he ended a set, we could see him in the corner of the curtain in the old building, and we would creep down closer, as people would leave their seats, believing that the show was over. Being that he said he would not perform it again, it was my first time seeing “1999,” since the 90’s, and I quickly thought, only because I was in LA.
Prince ForumIt was definitely not an originally planned portion the trip, it was a perfect addition.
The manuscript Blue Lines is the fictional coming of age narrative of a young California woman Key Yemaya Walker, and her 2 year growing journey through school, love, and life period piece, written by Kenneth Suffern, Jr., taking place at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill between the years of 1997 – 1998. Loosely based on true events, and experiences during that time, told through the eyes and voice of the main female protagonist, a freshman first attending the school.

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