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Reviews 22/04/2004

Music & Travel: Prince in Biloxi, MS (Sat, 05/01/04)

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Prince - Biloxi, Mississippi
Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, MS
Sat, May 1, 2004 08:00 PM

Prices: US $47.50 - US $75.00

Prince Rogers Nelson, 7 June 1958, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. A prodigiously talented singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Prince was named after the Prince Roger Trio, of whom his father, pianist John Nelson, was a member.

Prince's first demos were recorded in 1976 with Chris Moon, who gave him guidance in the operation of a music studio, and free reign to experiment at weekends. Moon also introduced him to backer Owen Husney, after which Prince provided interested parties with a superior-quality demo. Husney and his partner Levinson set about a massive "hyping" campaign, the results of which secured him a long-term, flexible contract with Warner Brothers Records after a great deal of scrambling among the majors.
Debuting with Prince For You, Prince sent shock waves through his new sponsors by spending double his entire advance on the production of a single album. It sold moderately (USA number 163), with the single "Soft And Wet" making a big impact in the R&B charts.

The next single "Little Red Corvette" was the first to gain significant airplay on MTV. The song was almost entirely constructed for this purpose, using a strong "white" metaphor as leverage. After internal disputes with the Time, Prince began work on the Purple Rain movie, a glamorized autobiographical piece in which he would star. The potent social commentary of "When Doves Cry" was lifted from the soundtrack and became the first Prince song to grace the top of the US charts. "Let's Go Crazy" and "Purple Rain" (numbers 1 and 2, respectively) further established him as a figurehead for the 80s.

When Around The World In A Day emerged in 1985, it topped the US charts for a three-week run, despite a deliberate lack of promotion. As work began on a second movie, Under The Cherry Moon, "Kiss" was released to become his third US number 1. Held one place beneath it was the Bangles' "Manic Monday", written by Prince under one of his numerous pseudonyms, in this case, Christopher.

A new album was to be a radical departure from the laconic, cosseted atmosphere that pervaded Parade. "Sign 'O' The Times", the title track, was a hard-hitting testimony to urban dystopia, drug-related violence and human folly. The vast majority of tracks on the double album revisited the favoured territory of sex and sensuality. The follow-up album would elaborate on the darker shades of Sign "O" The Times' apocalyptic vision.

However, The Black Album was recalled by Prince before it reached the shops. Combining primal funk slices with sadistic overtones, Prince's decision to suspend it ensured that it would become the 80s' most coveted bootleg. The mythology surrounding its non-release has it that The Black Album was the work of Prince's "dark" side - "Spooky Electric". This was given credence by the subsequent Lovesexy, apparently the result of the pre-eminence of "Camille" - Prince's "good" side. Playing both albums side by side certainly reveals a sharp dichotomy of approach.
Prince's next tour, meanwhile, saw the inclusion of a huge Pink Cadillac as a mobile part of the set. 1989 closed with a duet with Madonna, who, alongside Michael Jackson, was the only artist able to compete with Prince in terms of mass popularity. The following year was dominated by the soundtrack album for the year's biggest movie, Batman.

In September, he released Graffiti Bridge, which accompanied a movie release of the same title. The album was composed entirely of Prince compositions of which he sang just over half - other guests included Tevin Campbell, Mavis Staples and the Time. Both album and movie were critical and commercial failures, however. Graffiti Bridge was his first commercial let down for some time, peaking at number 6 in the USA (although it made number 1 in the UK).

The album Diamonds And Pearls was released in October 1991, and showcased the new backing band. Greeted by most critics as a return to form, the New Power Generation were considered his most able and vibrant collaborators since the mid-80s. Taken from it, "Cream' became a US number 1. 1992"s "Money Don't Matter 2 Night" featured a video directed by filmmaker Spike Lee, while "Sexy MF" was widely banned on UK radio because of its suggestive lyrics. Both "Sexy MF" and "My Name Is Prince" were included on the Love Symbol Album - which introduced the cryptic "symbol" that he would legally adopt as his name in June 1993.

In 1995, he released The Gold Experience, a return to the raunchy funk of his 80s prime in tracks such as "Pussy Control" and "I Hate You". It also included the smoothly accessible "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World", his bestselling single for many years.
In April 2004, Prince released his new album which is calleed 'Musicology'. Music sighs of relief echoed around the world! This is a great album that maybe might not be as good as say Sign O' The Times or 1999, but it's alot better than 99% of what's out there right now. Prince seems to be a more mature artist than someone trying to relive their past glories. It's great to have him back in the spotlight. Biloxi guide

You don't have to be a student of history to wonder about Biloxi's past history. You just need the desire to know more. Biloxi was occupied and used as hunting grounds as early as 8,000 BC. Artifacts from the four major periods of Native American history have been found on Biloxi's peninsula. Those periods are Paleo Indian, Archaic, Woodland, and Mississippian Periods. Native American artifacts indicate some early and late occupation but the largest occupation occurs from about 1200 AD to 1500 AD. There were two large sites on the peninsula and one on Deer Island that corresponds with each other. Archaeological sites and artifacts from these Native American Periods are all that remain from these past civilizations. Yet these sites and artifacts can help us understand the life and the times of these prehistoric people.

Today, the city is the site of nine casinos; Isle of Capri, Casino Magic, Grand Casino, Beau Rivage, Boomtown, Imperial Palace, Treasure Bay, and President. The Imperial Palace, sister to a Las Vegas property of the same name, opened on Biloxi Bay in December, 1997 with 1088 rooms. Beau Rivage, developed by the owners of Mirage and Golden Nugget of Las Vegas, opened its 1780-room hotel/casino on Biloxi's central beach in March 1999. The addition of these two casinos marks an interesting second phase of gaming in Biloxi, as these properties catapult the city into a major factor in the gaming and tourism industries.

The success of gaming in Biloxi has had a wondrous effect on all elements of the city. City public works projects are in full swing with expansion of transportation infra structures and recreational and educational facilities all getting much attention. Historical preservation also has a place in the spending of casino tax revenues. Among the most notable differences is the improvement in public safety. A well-staffed and highly trained police and fire fighter force are working with state of the art equipment to improve the quality of life.
Biloxi is now one of the fastest growing areas in the US country and stands poised to become an internationally renowned destination resort.

Unforgettable is the only word to describe Mississippi Gulf Coast's picturesque beaches. Soft, sugar- white sand outlines gentle waves that dance on the water's surface. The 26-miles of breathtaking beaches are viewable from Beach Boulevard (U.S. Highway 90).
Numerous pull-overs are provided for convenient beach access and photo opportunities. Lengthy piers allow for long, scenic walks over the water. For those seeking water adventures, numerous sailboat, jet ski, and aqua-cycle vendors are intermittently located along the beaches. If you didn't bring your beach chair, don't worry.
Beach chairs are available free of charge!

Hotels and Accomodation at Biloxi, MS.:
Comfort Suites Beachview: USD 107.99 - 149.99
Best Western Swan Motel: USD 87.12 - 99.00
Best Western Cypress Creek: USD 51.40 - 89.00
Best Western Oak Manor Hotel: USD 116.10 - 129.00
Comfort Inn Beach View Biloxi: USD 107.99 - 139.99
Comfort Inn Biloxi: USD 116.95 - 129.95
Gulf Beach Resort: USD 70.00 - 75.00
Holiday Inn Express Biloxi: USD 118.96 - 139.95
Howard Johnson Express Inn Biloxi: USD 107.10 - 107.10
Quality Inn Emerald Beach: USD 89.10 - 199.00
Ramada Limited Biloxi Beach: USD 189.00 - 189.00
Ramada Limited Ocean Springs: USD 84.96 - 99.95






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