From the potent genius of “Purple Rain” (the film, the album, the song) to the unmistakable breed of funk that permeates his whole catalogue, it’s easy to understand why Prince remains such a remarkable force in 2013.
Unlike many of his peers from the ’70s and ’80s, Prince hasn’t forced himself upon modern listeners via incessant reminders of his significance. Sometimes he disappears from the spotlight. Sometimes he doesn’t tour a new record. Sometimes he doesn’t allow his decades-old hits to be used for each and every commercial opportunity presented to him.
When Prince chills out, he’s daring you to forget about him. And as he’s shown time and time again, he then comes back with something that reminds us just how special his music truly is.
Prince’s latest move confounded and excited many: an intimate club tour, rocking two shows per night. In Denver that equates to Sunday and Monday shows at 8 and 11:30 p.m. at the 1,700-capacity Ogden Theatre. The four shows present an unprecedented opportunity to see the legend in an intimate, local, storied venue — yes, it’s special. But it comes at a price: $250 per ticket, or $277 after fees.
Is it worth it? If you’re a fan, we think so. But it looks as if his fans disagree; Only one of the four shows (11:30 p.m. Sunday) was sold out at press time.
Does Prince still have fans? Of course. But is $277 too much for a ticket to a rock show, even a very special one? The people have spoken.