The VIPP Report: Music icon Prince dies at the age of 57

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(Exclusive Coverage) Prince performs onstage during the “HitnRun” tour opener at The Louisville Palace on March 14, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Special Report from Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television/ABC Louisville

Just a week ago, there was an emergency landing in Illinois to get music icon Prince to a hospital and today his publicist confirms that the artist had died.  He was found dead at his home in suburban Minneapolis.

I had the opportunity to be invited to his last show to do the review since it was the kickoff of his HITNRUN USA Tour in March of 2015.

Prince Roger Nelson passed away at the age of 57.

If you would like to send a tribute and memory of Prince, send it to The411@whas11.com. You can also follow me on Twitter @Sherlenemediapr for real-time news.

Here’s my review for the March 14-15, 2015 concert review.

The411 with Sherlene Shanklin: Prince kicks off U.S. tour in the town where basketball, horse racing and the “Greatest” of all time is king

“On Selection Sunday the HITNRUN USA Tour was a number one pick for concerts in 2015” Prince and 3RDEYEGIRL performed four shows in two days in Louisville.

This time last week, Prince fans were scrambling to find tickets. When I announced that music legend Prince would be in Louisville to kickoff his U.S. tour, I instantly picked up followers. Prince gave fans an one week notice and the tickets sold out in record time causing Live Nation to add not one but a total of three additional shows over a two day period.

When I got word that I would be attending the last show in Louisville to give a review of the concert, I knew he would leave fans wanting more. Well, I was right.

With it only being March, I have to say Prince with 3RDEYEGIRL with Louisville native Hannah Welton on drums is the best concert of the year. Since the concert was held on Selection Sunday, I would have to use basketball analogy and call it a slam dunk causing real madness in March for music lovers.

The Louisville Palace had 2,600 screaming fans including myself when he took the stage to “Let’s Go Crazy”. That was so appropriate because fans went crazy when the music interlude started. I met some fans waiting for the 11 pm show and they told me if Prince is in a good mood, the show will be taken to another level. Well, he gave that positive sign almost immediately by pulling off his sunglasses and then he flashed his million dollar smile that confirmed to his fans that his jam session was officially underway. Prince even pulled two couples from Louisville on stage and they danced during his performance.

Some dozen songs later, an encore performance was underway and a solo from Welton. Fans stood nearly a hour and a half, screaming, singing along and taking you back in time because yes Prince did sing some of his biggest hits that made him a legend. The production and timing of his show was seamless. Vibrant colors transitioning the change of a song. Prince used the whole stage from standing right in front of the stage with his “symbol” microphone stand to the side of the stage where his keyboard was positioned.

The intimate venue made you feel like you were in a private show. I need to warn you that security has eyes on you and your electronic devices. They walked up and down each aisle. If security catches you, they would flash you with a light and someone would come and escort you out of the venue.

Prince addressed fans about 80 minutes into the show, Prince said “I like this place”. He also told the audience that Louisville had two things, Muhammad Ali and Hannah Welton and fans showed their love with a loud applause. Welton went into a serious jam session for her hometown crowd. Prince, members of 3RDEYEGIRL, backup singers and the keyboard player all left the stage to give Hannah her moment. Once she finished giving fans an unbelievable performance Prince returned to the staged to thank everyone for attending.

As they exited the stage Hannah threw up a heart sign to fans as she left.

I would say they left to a standing ovation but you really need to sit for that to happen. Fans NEVER sat down during the entire show.

This one of the most diverse concerts I have ever attended. From every race to a 12 year old getting to attend his very first concert as a birthday gift from his mother. The Hit and Run Tour is a home run for fans because Prince is hitting a grand slam with this tour.

If you have a story idea, send it to The411@whas11.com. You can also follow me on Twitter at @Sherlenemediapr for real-time news, entertainment and sports.

Note from Shanklin’s social media pageI had to stop and take a deep breath when I got the news of Prince’s death. I had to be absolutely sure before I said anything. As a member of the media my announcement of his HitnRun tour took The411 to another level. When his team invited me to his show to do a review of the show that was BIG for me. So, when other artist turn me down for opportunities I just say oh well because the BEST gave me a chance. ‪#‎RIH‬ ‪#‎musicicon‬ ‪#‎Sherlene‬‘sStory

Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL "HitnRun" Tour Opener - Louisville

LOUISVILLE, KY – MARCH 14: (Exclusive Coverage) Prince performs onstage during the “HitnRun” tour opener at The Louisville Palace on March 14, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for NPG Records 2015)

 

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