That is a question that was brought to my attention in the wake of, “the Artists currently known as PRINCE”, and his Chicago Residency at the United Center.
First and foremost I LOVE ME SOME PRINCE. The Ballad of Dorothy Parker, regular or jazzed up version, is one of the most beautiful songs in the world. HOUSE QUAKE, KISS, RASBERRY BERET, STARFISH AND COFFEE, MONEY DON’T MATTER, LITTLE RED CORVETTE, LET’S GO CRAZY, WHEN DOVES CRY, PURPLE RAIN, 1999, I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER AND OF COURSE…STROLLIN.
Strollin, Strollin, we could have fun just strollin, rocking, rolling, oh yeah.
Only Prince can make a song entitled, “America” for the radio then have the B-side become a House Music classic dance track. (For you deep house heads out there I remember DJ-ing a party in the basement at a place called Kams on Daniels street at the University of Illinois in Champaign and playing America. Cats were going crazy then. Shout out to Kendall Gill, Steven Bardo, and Marcus Liberty all who were at that party in their day jacking it up with the regulars while I was visiting my boy Ralph from North Chi..
Prince is Prince. People will miss work, miss cooking dinner for their family, and miss that booty-call just to see Prince.
But are there other artists out there that you would do the same for?
After thinking long and hard, pondering artists that are dead and or alive, whom would I pay a maximum dollar amount to see?
For the first time I would like readers of this blog to chime in and put the artists and the dollar amount that you would pay to see them.
Let’s set some rules. If the musician is alive you can obviously state the price you want. If the musician is dead you must at least add $1,000.00 to the ticket price that you were going to pay. It costs to raise the dead.
Michael Jackson would have to be my first choice. His music is unmatched and his intelligence was to infinity and beyond. Billie Jean et al are songs that will get the party going in any city, state, county, country, hell they way Michael did it, any planet.
Michael Jackson performance today worth $150,000.00
Secondly, I would have to say the hardest workingman in show business, James Brown. James Brown was so far ahead of the times that Rap music found its success by sampling all of his music. I was not born when James was fighting the power and traveling the chitterling circuit (amazed that my spell check knew what chitterling was).
Michael Jackson, Prince, and a host of others fashioned their clothing, their dance moves, and many other items in their delivery after James Brown. The one thing that they could not fashion was his music. Backed by Bootsy Collins, Fred Wesley, Maceo Parker and others, James Brown created that real funk that will never be re-created. PASS THE PEAS, GIVE ME SOME MORE, THE PAYBACK, MONORAIL, DOING IT TO DEATH, MAKE IT FUNKY, GET UP, MOTHER POPCORN, THINK, HOT PANTS, DAMN RIGHT I AM SOMEBODY, and my power to the people anthem, SAY IT LOUD.
WOW! After typing all of that with James blessing us with so many hits I may have to re-think the price that would make James dance out the grave.
James Brown performance today worth $100,000.00
My next choice would be Barry White. Barry is a different beast in and of himself. Barry would make the list for many reasons.
First you get that big voice that tickles all of the ladies. All you had to do when Barry White was touring was get the date to go with you to the concert. Barry did the rest. Can you imagine taking your date to a Barry White concert and in succession he does, “You’re the First, The Last, My Everything, It’s Ecstasy When You lay Down Next to Me, Playing Your Game Baby, Your Sweetness is my Weakness…
Whew I’m pausing and looking for my wife right now.
On top of Barry singing his heart and soul out to your date he had the smoothest band in the world, “Loves Unlimited Orchestra”. The best thing about his band is he directed it and provided the arrangement.
Barry White performance today worth $75,000.00
My final choice for who I would like to see perform no matter the cost ends in a tie between Christopher Wallace and Tupacalypse Shakur. I tried to separate the two.
I tried to pick between, “If My Homie Calls and I Got a Story to Tell”.
I tried to pick between, Brenda’s Got a Baby and Sky’s The Limit.
I tried to let the lyrics break the tie with Tupac spitting…
“Dear momma don't cry, your baby boy's doin good
Tell the homies I'm in heaven and they ain't got hoods
Seen a show with Marvin Gaye last night, it had me shook
Drippin peppermint Schnapps, with Jackie Wilson, and Sam Cooke
Then some lady named Billie Holiday
Sang sittin there kickin it with Malcolm, 'til the day came
Little LaTasha sho' grown
Tell the lady in the liquorstore that she's forgiven, so come home
Maybe in time you'll understand only God can save us
When Miles Davis cuttin lose with the band
Just think of all the people that you knew in the past
that passed on, they in heaven, found peace at last
Picture a place that they exist, together
There has to be a place better than this, in heaven
So right before I sleep, dear God, what I'm askin
Remember this face, save me a place, in thug's mansion
Or Biggie Spitting…
I know how it feel to wake up f’ed up
Pockets broke as hell, another rock to sell
People look at you like use the user
Selling drugs to all the losers, mad buddha abuser
But they don't know about your stress-filled day
Baby on the way mad bills to pay
That's why you drink Tanqueray; so you can reminisce
and wish, you wasn't livin so devilish, ish
I remember I was just like you
Smokin blunts with my crew, flippin over 62's
Cause G-E-D, wasn't B-I-G
I got P-A-I-D, that's why my moms hate me
She was forced to kick me out, no doubt
Then I figured out nicks went for twenty down South
Packed up my tools for my raw power move
Glock nineteen for casket and flower moves
for chumps tryin to stop my flow
And what they don't know will show on the autopsy
Went to see Papi, to cop me a brick
Asked for some consignment and he wasn't tryin to hear it
Smoking mad Newports cause I'm due in court
for an assault, that I caught, in Bridgeport, New York
Catch me if you can like the Gingerbread Man
You better have your gat in hand, cause man
Finally I decided that if I could see the Notorious B.I.G along side with Tupacalypse Shakur I would pay 1,000,000.
Actually there isn’t a price tag on this one. The lyrical duo would set any arena on fire. This would be a pay per view concert.
This concert would bring Mayweather and Pacquiao to fight on the undercard.
This concert would have Obama debating Romney as the opening act.
This concert would have Honey Boo Boo Child announcing the fight as Michael Buffer speaking the King’s English.
Just my thoughts man! Let me know who you would love to see in concert and what you would pay.