Prince Takes Coachella To School

Maura / April 27, 2008

AP080426037588.jpgMost of my thoughts on yesterday’s installment of Coachella were scoured away by Prince, who put on a show, complete with swagger, virtuosity, and that little bit of ego that more people who play music for a living really should have. He brought out Morris Day and Sheila E. He went on these extended freestyles that made me wonder if he’s going to transition into a career as an MC soon. He covered “Creep.” (And I was stuck in the bathroom line for it. This is where I curse my femininity.) I heard some frat bro in cargo shorts say “dude, I’m sorta getting, like emotional” during his backup singer’s bringing-down-the-house performance of Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel” (!)–and I’m sure that the association of that song with those tear-jerking ASPCA ads didn’t help on the waterworks front. And he declared the Coachella grounds to be “his house,” and really, who can argue? Roger Waters? Uh, no. Any video of last night’s show will probably vanish from YouTube as soon as it’s put up (thanks to Princely decrees), but I’ve got the set list after the jump.

The Bird (performed by Morris Day)
Jungle Love (performed by Morris Day)
Glamorous Life (performed by Sheila E.)
Instrumental Jam
I Feel For U
Controversy (with snippet of “Housequake”)
Little Red Corvette
U Got the Look
7 –> Come Together
Purple Rain
Let’s Go Crazy

Set list via Brooklyn Vegan’s comments section, which is, of course, bringing out the “well, I saw him play in a FARM to THREE PEOPLE” assholery in full force. God bless the Internet.

[Photo: AP]