10 Years Ago This Week

Posted by The G on June 19, 2011 under The G Spot | Comments are off for this article

Photo by Prince and the NPG.

G (with hand in the air on the left) on Stage With Prince (on the far right)

Where does the time go?  I just want to give a shout out on the 10 year anniversary to remember one of the craziest weeks I’ve ever had.  When Prince’s career was seriously in the toilet, he opened up his recording studio complex, Paisley Park, up to his fan club for a week of love and music.  From June 12 – June 17, 2001, Prince fans from all over the world flocked to Minneapolis, Minnesota to have the chance to hang out in the ultimate Prince mecca – Paisley Park.  The rules were simple – Paisley Park would be open during the day and fans could just hang out inside the grounds.  In the evenings, live music at Paisley Park would be provided by the likes of Erykah Badu, Maceo Parker, Common, Alicia Keys, The Time, George Clinton, Nikka Costa and of course, Prince!  Afterwards, an all night dance party would be held in the sound stages of Paisley with Prince DJing!

On the very first day, my brother and I were first in line to enter Paisley Park (I know, some things never change), and immediately upon entering the grounds, we were taken into one of Prince’s soundstages.  After we entered the soundstage, the door closed behind us and there were my brother, myself and Prince, by ourselves!  Prince was just converting to the Jehovah’s Witness religion and he and I got in a heated argument about religion.  He was trying to tell me that there was only one way to believe and I respectfully disagreed.  I got upset that he wasn’t even listening to me and instead was just trying to tell me how “it is.”  That was the first 5 minutes of my week long trip!

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RIP, Clarence Clemons

Posted by The G on June 18, 2011 under GNN | Read the First Comment

Photo by G.

Clarence Clemons

Bruce Springsteen, Clarence Clemons

Wow.  So sad.  Saxophonist Clarence Clemons has passed away from complications of a massive stroke that he suffered last week.  I am very fortunate to have seen him perform live with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.  RIP, Clarence!

Priscilla Queen Of The Desert

Posted by The G on June 27, 2009 under G Reviews | Comments are off for this article

Priscilla Queen Of The Desert - Now Showing!

Priscilla Queen Of The Desert - Now Showing!

If you are in the London area, I highly recommend seeing this fabulous West End stage production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert.  It was such a gay old time.  The costumes, the songs and the production values are so great for this musical adapatation of the cult classic film. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want to leave the theatre in full drag!  This show stars Jason Donovan, who recorded a song with Kylie Minogue called “Especially For You.”  The play trades in most of the Abba references made in the motion picture for Kylie ones.  Maybe you’ve been to paradise, but have you ever been to me?  You can’t see this on Broadway, so you’ll have to take a trip to London to check out the fabulousness of this show!

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