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    Quote Originally Posted by panda View Post
    note to portishead, whoever the hell he is: dude, you are nobody! note to Prince: I think you are God!
    As Grimm pointed out, Portishead is a millions-selling super-talented, extremely creative (NOBODY else sounds like them), very successful band, with a large legion of EXTREMELY dedicated fans. And they happen to be my favorite band in the world; i'd give my left arm to hear Beth Gibbons & Geoff Barrow (the leaders of the band) sing live.

    Prince--meh...never could understand his appeal at all; don't like his voice or any of his songs. Couldn't PAY me to see him. He was relevant when i was a little kid, and he paled in comparison to Michael Jackson. Just my opinion.
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    Some footage of Prince (& Sheila E on drums) kicking ass at Coachella. This tiny bastard is incredible. YouTube - Prince - live at Coachella 2008

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    Why are they so pissed? Who cares if he brings his purple entourage?
    And why can't they do a soundcheck?
    I have seen the purple midget live and he is a-m-a-zing.
    They sound awfully bitter.

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    Morris Day & the Time! hells yeah YouTube - PRINCE - CHOLOVISION - LIVE @ COACHELLA 08

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    prince covering creep

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6u1ekw3LB0I[/youtube]
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    While I like both artists' work, I have to call Portishead on this one. Without Prince, those tickets would be gathering dust. They should see it as a chance to expand their audience, rather than bitching.

    Prince can sell out stadiums and they can't sell out a festival? Some people don't know when to take the hand, bluff, and win!



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    prince knew exactly what type of crowd he was playing to & he played for them; he's incredibly talented as an entertainer. from what my husband has read on his prince boards, he ROCKED on guitar all show long.
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    Okaaaaay.. that Prince version of 'creep' was bloody shite.

    And yay for Portishead. One of my fav bands. <3
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    Ooh thanks for that Creep youtube link

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    Okaaaaay.. that Prince version of 'creep' was bloody shite.

    And yay for Portishead. One of my fav bands. <3
    ^^Agreed, Sophie. That version of "Creep", (while i CAN definitely appreciate an all-out jam version of a song with the artist's own interpretation of the song, like what Prince did) just pales in comparison to the almighty Radiohead.--my OTHER favorite band in the whole world. (Yes, i have about, oh, maybe 15 bands that i refer to as "My Favorite Band in the Whole World".)

    Quote Originally Posted by RevellingInSane View Post
    While I like both artists' work, I have to call Portishead on this one. Without Prince, those tickets would be gathering dust. They should see it as a chance to expand their audience, rather than bitching.

    Prince can sell out stadiums and they can't sell out a festival? Some people don't know when to take the hand, bluff, and win!
    ^^Totally get what you're saying, Revelling.

    But just as an explanation & defense of Portishead, i can see where Geoff Barrow is coming from. First of all, Portishead is mostly an electronic band, with lots of weird sound effects, turn-tabling, samples & stuff that are hard to get just right. (thus the need for a good, long sound check to fine-tune everything.)--as well as the fact that their singer, Beth Gibbons sings in a VERY delicate, falsetto-ish, crystalline way. Without a good sound check her delicate voice could end up not rising above the music, or sounding murky, or something. (Beth's unique, beautiful voice is--one of the things--that makes Portishead so very special & awesome.)

    Secondly, Portishead almost NEVER, EVER, EVER plays live gigs. Next to NEVER. They have played very few live concerts in their 14-year career. (due in large part to Beth's intense stage fright, as well as the hardship of duplicating their sound live--which i already discussed.) So, when they DO play a gig, (especially one with as big an audience as Coachella), they DEFINITELY want to get it JUST RIGHT. It's a super-important gig.

    They agreed to do the Coachella show based on a certain schedule, with a certain allotted-time period for their all-important sound-check. A big star like Prince suddenly, at the last minute, being put into the time-period which they were supposed to have to do their soundcheck, just screws things up for them.--in that they now don't have enough time to perfect their extremely-complex sound, and the reduced prep-time also probably contributes to Beth's nearly-paralyzing stagefright (knowing that when she goes out on stage to sing, things might be not quite up to par). A live Portishead show just happens to be a rather large production; it takes more prep-time to fine-tune than, say, a run-of-the-mill rock band coming out with their loud guitars & playing. Portishead is not a "spontaneous" type of band; quite the opposite.--as i'm sure you know anyway if you're a fan. :-) (and that finely-detailed prep-work is what makes them so AWESOME live!)

    So there's my *little* () thesis/explanation/defense of Geoff Barrow's (of my Favorite Band in the World) comments. Whew...
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    Thank you Golddust!
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    Funny ass picture:


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    Prince Is God!!!!

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    ^^ I love him!

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    ^^ Me too!!

    Quote Originally Posted by RevellingInSane View Post
    While I like both artists' work, I have to call Portishead on this one. Without Prince, those tickets would be gathering dust. They should see it as a chance to expand their audience, rather than bitching.

    Prince can sell out stadiums and they can't sell out a festival? Some people don't know when to take the hand, bluff, and win!
    Very well said.

    Portishead is being a bit whiny and anal.

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