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      By BEN RATLIFF

      INDIO, Calif. — Less than three weeks before this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, still the country’s banner festival of alternative rock, Prince joined the bill in the most prominent slot. He was Saturday night’s final main-stage show, at the end of a day including important sets by Portishead and M.I.A. The addition seemed like a last-minute attempt to increase ticket sales, but it also raised the question: What does Prince signify these days to alternative-rock America? We know what he means in the physical world, even in the California desert here. But what about in the state of mind that is alternative culture; what does he mean in Indie-O? And what would he do to address the credibility issue, the chimerical question that hangs over just about every performer here?


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      Prince played a nearly two-hour set at the Coachella festival on Saturday.


      On Saturday he played his Fender Telecasters and Stratocasters whenever he possibly could, through a nearly two-hour set. Extra helpings of guitar, side dishes, desserts, groaning tables of guitar. And he just declared credibility outright. “You are in the coolest place on earth right now,” he told the crowd in his opening remarks.

      Being Prince, he was also there to pose. This is part of the draw: seeing Prince’s extreme pantomimes of modesty and vanity, acted out through the music. In a solo toward the end of the song “Shhh” he sustained an overdriven guitar note for 25 seconds, his right forearm over his eyes, peeking out at the audience. In “Musicology” he slithered behind the microphone, ran his hands down the back of his hair, fanned himself while making a quick horizon-scanning face, as if this were a discreet action to be done without anyone looking, said, “I’m so funky I can’t even sleep with myself,” then resumed a wood-chopping rhythm-guitar groove. Et cetera.


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      Sheila E. performed with Prince, singing "The Glamorous Life" and playing a timbales solo.


      Prince directly appealed to the rampant sense of nostalgia among Coachella ticket buyers. They are generally obsessed with the 1980s and early ’90s; he gave them the ’80s and the early ’90s. The first 15 minutes was really a show by Morris Day and Jerome Benton of the Time, with Prince on rhythm guitar, sometimes hiding behind a stack of amps. Mr. Day and Mr. Benton sang “The Bird” and “Jungle Love,” performing just a smidgeon of their brilliant master-and-manservant routine and of their side-to-side, pendulum-legs dance. And Sheila E. — remember her? — came out to sing “The Glamorous Life” and play a timbales solo. There followed “U Got the Look,” “7,” “Anotherloverholenyohead,” “Controversy”: all Prince songs from the golden era.

      There was also another song from the same period, but by Radiohead: “Creep.” Prince covered it, letting the opening chords cycle for a while as he waited offstage. Screaming the chorus through the song’s slow-going apex, Prince got an indie arena-rock sound exactly right: a tolling, almost orchestral tension.

      His three backup singers took turns upfront through the set — a gospel shouter, a pop belter and a soul singer. And near the end of the show Prince evoked John Lennon, an indie-rock ancestral spirit, playing a version of “Come Together” as a war protest.

      “I’m so tired of debates, I don’t know what to do,” Prince said. “We’re going to beat the swords into plowshares tonight.” He got the crowd to chant “come together — war no more” at length. “From now on this is Prince’s house,” he said, satisfied, before his final encore.

      That may be in dispute — a sizable portion of the enormous crowd left early, perhaps turned off by an extended pop-gospel version of Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel” — but he was brilliant in the act of claiming squatter’s rights.

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      Continue to sleep on the man if you Will, He's the greatest artist of past 30 yrs. Not a Politician But A Supreme Musician.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Daisho View Post
      Continue to sleep on the man if you Will, He's the greatest artist of past 30 yrs. Not a Politician But A Supreme Musician.
      Greetings Daisho!

      I agree the more they continue to sleep on Prince the more awesome his performances and
      his music. He is timeless and fierce in all he does with his music. Like you said he is a
      Supreme Musician, and say what they will they cannot take that away from him.

      Much appreciation to you for taking the time to share your valuable comment.


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