Live Review: Prince at Oracle Arena

Prince review: A raucous reign of hits in Oakland: Aidin Vaziri | TPrince has made a career out of playing the daredevil. But booking three arena shows with less than a week’s notice – in this day and age, in this economy – well, that’s just plain crazy. “They said we wouldn’t sell this place out,” he proclaimed on Monday at the top of his set at Oakland’s Oracle Arena, where he also headlines tonight and Thursday. “How long did it take – five minutes?” Well, not exactly, but tickets sold briskly enough that the promoters quickly added that third concert for Thursday. It’s hard to imagine that many other artists could pull off such a stunt without sending Live Nation’s top brass to the sanitarium. Prince Rogers Nelson hasn’t even had a Top 10 hit since 1994’s “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World.” But the 52-year-old Minneapolis native is more than a pop star – he’s an institution. On Monday, he looked like the Wax Museum version of Prince come to life – spinning, strutting and swaying in his towering heels as if no time had passed since the days he dominated MTV with his angular suits and perfectly sculpted hair Read more.

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