The Michigan Daily
Tuesday, November 6, 1984
The Purple Rain Revue has begun
By John Logie
A month ago you probably knew the
last three places that the Victory
Tour had played, but do you know
where Michael is now? Is he posing as
a Jehovah's Witness with a fake beard,
selling copies of the Watchtower door-
to-door? Is he writing songs for an up-
coming album? Is he yachting in the
Bahamas? No. The Victory Tour is still
crawling from stadium to stadium. It's
still dazzling audiences with lasers, ex-
plosions, and well... you know.
Michael Jackson stuff. Peter Pan... Not
endorsing the occult... Red leather
Goodbye, Victory... Hello Purple
Rain Revue. It's Prince's turn to have
the hot ticket. This tour, however, has
learned from Victory. Prince will play
smaller venues, like the Joe Louis
Arena. Prince's staging will not eat up
seats. Instead, tickets for the sold-out
shows appeared last week because the
stage was smallerthan expected.
Prince will allow himself and his
band to be the spectacle, rather than
mechanoid creatures and thirty-
kazillion lights. Finally, Prince won't
eat up thirty of your hard-earned
I compare the two tours to provide
contrast, not to suggest that one is a
replacement for the other. Unfor-
tunately a few moms will be suckered
by a "you didn't take me to see
Michael" ploy, and take their thirteen-
year-olds to this show, unknowingly
joining their children for a Sex
Education class. Prince is sexual. His
historical antecedent is Little Richard.
Your parents shouldn't like him at all.
Black or White? Straight or Gay?
Imitator or Innovator? Heir apparent
or the Great Pretender? All of these
conflicts are part of Prince, and he
seems to relish this ambiguity that
Prince has drawn a shroud over all
elements of his life other than perfor-
mance. He is on record as not liking in-
terviews or photographs, yet he seems
to have enjoyed making Purple Rain,
and seems to want to be the center of at-
tention when he performs. Ego? False
modesty? Designed enigmatic
behavior? Legitimate shyness? Who
The Purple Rain Revue will not an-
swer questions, but it will provide the
newer Prince devotees with a chance to
discover the power of Prince's live per-
formance. This audience is much dif-
ferent from the audiences who saw
Prince after Controversy. It is whiter,
more fashion-conscious, more rock-
oriented, and probably younger.
Hopefully Prince will challenge them
and not, as the name of the tour implies
he might, provide a ninety-minute
rehash of his hit movie/record. How
many people at this concert will know
that Prince wrote "When You Were
Mine," not Mitch Ryder, and not Cyndi
There were five Prince albums
before Purple Rain, and Prince should
not simply close the books on this
material because his current audience
might not fully appreciate it. His
earlier work is every bit as daring and
challenging-if not more so-than
anything on Purple Rain.
As is customary with Prince tours, a
protege of Prince will open. This time
around it's Shiela E., a latin per-
cussionist who presently has the task of
following up on her success with the
single, "The Glamorous Life".
Performance is the best test for Prin-
ce's protegees. It destroyed Vanity 6,
but made The Time. We'll see how
much Shiela has learned.
For the next week, the music scene
will focus on Detroit. Prince has done
the town a favor by kicking off the tour
there, a repayment of sorts, for the
loyal support Motown has given him.
These seven shows look to be among the
most exciting, as the Detroit audiences
will get a look at this tour before the
media verdict is in, and get a look at a
performer at a peak in his still-young
University of Michigan
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DR. PATRICK GARDNER, Director
will present its
125th Year Reunion Concert
SATURDAY, NOV. 10 at 8:00 P.M.
Tickets at Hill Box Office
November 5-9, 8-5 p.m.
November 10, 8-8 p.m.
Reserved Seating $6.00, $5.00, $4.00 ($2.00 Students, General Admission)
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celebrates the artist
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" ETS GO CRAZY" seems to be a
L current motto in the Detroit area.
And as Detroit's' Joe Louis Arena
prepares for the remaining six of seven
Prince concerts in the next two weeks,
Ann Arbor's purple enthusiasts
gathered on Saturday night at the U-
Club for their own kind of preparation.
It was the "Pre-concert Party" and
as far as anyone involved was concer-
ned, it was a complete success. In the
These are the upcoming dates
for The Purple Rain Revue at Joe
Louis Arena. Shows start at 8:00
Monday, November 5
Wednesday, November 7
Thursday, November 8
Friday, November 9
Sunday, November 11
Monday, November 12
minds of these fans, Prince is
The party started at 9 p~m. and by
10:30 the hallway outside of the U-Club
was lined with people. The music was
loud and the sounds of the party-ers
could be heard throughout the first floor
of the Union. Many of the zealous
patrons danced in line as they waited up
to ten minutes to get in.
The place was literally filled with
fans. "We had to move tables out to
make room," said Daniel Segal, the
organizer of the event. "We knew
people would be into it." That was the
understatement of the night. Finding a
place to stand was difficult enough,
never mind about finding somewhere
to set a glass or throw a coat.
Although it was crowded, it was not
unpleasant. How could anyone
begrudge a fellow Prince fan a bit of
elbow room? The attitudes in the room
were very crazy and very friendly. It
was easy to assume that the person
next to you liked Prince at least half as
much as you did, which made finding a
dance partner almost too easy.
The music was magnetic. "Look how
Prince draws them to the dance floor,"
said local DJ Carl Martin as he played
"Let's Go Crazy" at the peak of the par-
ty. The floor was crowded when Sheila
E., The Time and Vanity 6 jammed, but
with every Prince song it went from
merely full to completely packed.
Most of the people I talked to were
long-time Prince fans who were happy
for the chance to dance to a blend of his
old and new songs.
"I've liked Prince since Dirty Minds,
LSA freshman Rollie Hudson said.
"He's totally exciting and great to dan-
The concerts were in just about
everyone's minds-people who had
tickets couldn't wait to use them, and
people without them wished they could.
Sue and Marie, LSA seniors, half joked
that "We'd sell ourselves for decent
The atmosphere at the U-Club was in-
toxicating. The beer helped, of course,
but it was the magic of Prince that made
the room come alive.
Christine Jaeggin, an LSA senior, ex-
pressed her pleasure with the night
when she said "everyone should have
been here, because it was just a great
There is always, however, "one in
every crowd." This time it was Fresh-
man Jim Werbelow who said "I hate
Prince." Well, he seemed to be having a
good time in spite of it.
"Erotic City" was one of the last
songs played. Having listened to that
song 20 times before the party, I flung
my notebook aside and joined the rush
to the dance floor, thinking all the way
Prince is awesome!
Prince continues his tour which commenced at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit on
Sunday. Concert dates are listed to the left.
'Thief of Hearts' is a crime in itself
By Emily Montgomery
T HIEF OF HEARTS is petty lar-
ceny.It didn't steal my heart, but I
lost something much more dear to me,
The plotline is an implausible absur-
dity, its execution clumsily un-
workable. It entails a successful writer
of children's books and his wife, whose
house is broken into one night. In ad-
dition to the couple's valuables, the
thief happens to make off with the
wife's highly intimate journals, filled
with her deepest fantasies.
LARRY "BUD" MELMAN
from the David Letterman Show
The journal entries, like the author
are terminally hokey, "There are two
of me's, Mickey and Michelle. Mickey
is a homebody, looking for the safety of
domestic life while Michelle is a free
Mickey fears that whoever stole the
journals will read them. He does and of
course the thief, called Scott Muller
(Steven Bauer) who could have walked
right off the cover of last month's GQ.
Scott is excited by Mickey's writing (he
must get excited pretty easily) and so,
with Mickey's innermost secrets in
hand, decides to step into her life and
fulfill a few of her fantasies as her
The farce degerates into utter lunacy
as the affair takes off, and thickens
when Mickey's husband finds out.
Doing a little of the classic Junior G-
See THIEF, Page 7
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