The 22nd Night
There were a few similarities between the Purple Reign show at the Hollywood Park Racetrack in Inglewood on July 15 and the Prince 21 Night Stand just down the road at the Forum in April and May. But more striking were the differences: The Prince “tribute” band did not go off on extended jam sessions or play lesser known tracks from the recent Prince catalog. It was just the hits.
“We've been in Las Vegas for 14 years, and [Prince]'s been there too,” lead singer and Prince impersonator Jason Tenner said. “I don't think we do the same thing anymore.”
That was evident from the lack of theatrics, the integration of Morris Day and Jerome impersonators (who gave the crowd what they it wanted, too – namely, “The Bird” and “Jungle Love”) and the performance of some of Prince's more risque material, including the single entendre “Gett Off.”
Tenner might be doing a Prince impersonation, but he made sure to show that he's not bound to the same religious restrictions as the diminutive legend.
“I'm not Jehovah's Witness so I say what I want to say,” he said. I don't give that much thought to it.”
The show was the final of the racetrack's summer concert series, which also had featured Hollywood U2 and the Gin Blossoms.