What can one possibly say about Prince at this point in time? The artist formerly known as The Artist—scheduled to play four shows over a two-day stand at The Joint, April 26-27 ($55-$95)—has reportedly been pouring himself into his live performances of late, reportedly playing two-hour sets loaded with classics and covers. (Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune wrote that Prince played both Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough” and, puzzlingly, Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel” during a September concert.)
As near as I can tell, Prince is still a Jehovah’s Witness, which means that nearly all the dirty lyrics have been refined out of his performance. And he’s still got a mouth that gets him into trouble (“It’s fun being in Islamic countries, to know there’s only one religion. There’s order. You wear a burqa. There’s no choice. People are happy with that,” he told Michael Hann of The Guardian in 2011.) But really, all this stuff is secondary to the fact that he’s Prince. We got one Prince, and that’s all we’re ever going to get. We should take advantage of that before he puts on the burqa and disappears from public life completely.
Click through the above slideshow to take a look back at The Purple One through the years.