One Nite Alone... Tour

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One Nite Alone... Tour
North American tour by Prince
Associated album One Nite Alone...
Start date March 1, 2002
End date November 29, 2002
Legs 4
Number of shows 35 in North America
20 in Europe
9 in Japan
Prince concert chronology

The One Nite Alone... Tour was a 2002 worldwide concert tour by Prince promoting his One Nite Alone... album, released earlier in the year. The tour hit the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan.

Performances recorded during this tour were released on the live albums One Nite Alone... Live! and C-Note.

History[edit]

In January 2002, Prince began putting together a new incarnation of the New Power Generation. After Kip Blackshire and Morris Hayes, Prince hired keyboardist Renato Neto, alto saxophonist Maceo Parker, drummer John Blackwell, trombonist Greg Boyer and longtime bassist for Prince, Rhonda Smith. Prince designed the tour to put the emphasis on music; no dancers, pyrotechnics, huge stage props or other gimmicks. Most of the music played was centered on the then new album The Rainbow Children. The tour lasted for a run of 64 shows.[1] Prince wore suits rather than his trademark unique outfits. Both the image and his new onstage persona, presented a mature Prince who wanted to be taken seriously as a musician and live performer first. The musicianship of the band was top-notch and the jazz harmonies in the music performed in theater venues gave the tour an intimate feeling. Prince played many aftershow concerts and amazingly, via his NPG Music Club, fans could attend band soundchecks and even ask Prince questions ranging from his music to spirituality.

During this tour, Prince introduced controversial subject matters like race relations. "Avalanche", which is reminiscent of "Alabama" by John Coltrane, is a blues lament about effects of slavery of Black people and Prince called out Abraham Lincoln by name for the disingenious reasons why Abraham Lincoln abolished slavery. "Family Name" is a song about Black Americans' original surnames from Africa taken away from them by white slavemasters that gave them demeaning surnames and contrasts those last names with Jewish last names that have more positive connotations. Unlike any other previous tours, Prince's onstage banter was humorous, challenging and even condescending. Also, during soundchecks, Prince was outspoken with his fans about his issues involving ownership of media outlets, the music industry, consolidation of record companies and radio stations and people's criticism of his decision to become a Jehovah's Witness.

Band[edit]

The NPG was again changed for this tour. Kip Blackshire and Morris Hayes left the band and were replaced by Renato Neto on keyboard. Funk legend Greg Boyer (and often his partner Maceo Parker) joined the horn section. Other saxophonists who played with the band on selected dates were Najee, Candy Dulfer and Eric Leeds.

  • Prince — Vox, Guitar, Bass, Keyboard / Piano, Drums
  • John Blackwell — Drums
  • Rhonda Smith — Bass
  • Renato Neto — Keyboard
  • Greg Boyer — Trombone
  • Maceo Parker — Saxophone on selected dates
  • Najee — Saxophone, Flute on selected dates
  • Candy Dulfer — Saxophone on selected dates
  • Eric Leeds — Saxophone on selected dates
  • Dudley D — Turntables on selected dates

Typical set list[edit]

  1. Intro
  2. "Rainbow Children"
  3. "Muse 2 The Pharaoh"
  4. "Xenophobia"
  5. "A Case of You" Joni Mitchell cover
  6. "Mellow"
  7. "1+1+1 Is 3" incl. "Love Rollercoaster"
  8. "The Other Side Of The Pillow"
  9. "Strange Relationship"
  10. "Sing a Simple Song"
  11. "La La La Means I Love You"
  12. "Didn't Cha Know"
  13. "When You Were Mine"
  14. "Avalanche"
  15. "Family Name"
  16. "Take Me with U"
  17. "Raspberry Beret"
  18. "Another Star"
  19. Santana Medley (incl. Jungle Strut / Batuka / Soul Sacrifice / Toussaint L'Overture)
  20. Piano Medley
  21. "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore
  22. "Anna Stesia"

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America
March 1, 2002 Saginaw, Michigan United States Heritage Theatre
March 2, 2002 Chicago United States Chicago Theatre
March 3, 2002 Chicago United States Chicago Theatre
March 5, 2002 Columbus United States Ohio Theatre
March 6, 2002 Detroit United States Detroit Opera House
March 7, 2002 Buffalo United States Shea's Performing Arts Center
March 9, 2002 Louisville United States Palace Theatre
April 16, 2002 Dallas, TX United States Music Hall at Fair Park
April 19, 2002 Los Angeles United States Kodak Theatre
April 30, 2002 Portland United States Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Asia
November 15, 2002 Tokyo Japan Tokyo International Forum
November 17, 2002 Hamamatsu Act City Hamamatsu
November 18, 2002 Tokyo Nippon Budokan
November 19, 2002
November 21, 2002 Sapporo Hokkaido Koseinekin Hall
November 22, 2002 Sendai Zepp Sendai
November 26, 2002 Fukuoka Fukuoka Sunpalace
November 28, 2002 Osaka Osaka-jō Hall
November 29, 2002 Nagoya Century Hall

References[edit]

  1. ^ One Nite Alone... Tour concert schedule. http://www.goldiesparade.co.uk/concerts/dates/onatour.htm Retrieved 8 January 2015.