Funk,  Prince,  Soul

Prince after hours at the Fillmore

One of the coolest parts about being a Prince fan is, if you’re lucky, catching one of his patented ‘aftershows’. I’ve only seen a couple in my day, one at the Utopia nighclub in Las Vegas (’97 I think), and another at the Electric Ballroom in Tempe, AZ (’97 too I guess… gee gotta love my memory these days). To see him perform in an intimate setting in the late night hours (his prime time hours) is a real treat. They’re relaxed, funky, extended jam sessions.

This aftershow from 2001’s Hit n Run tour is no exception. In the early morning hours of April 29th, 2001, Prince, his band the NPG, Larry Graham (formerly of the Family Stone and Graham Central Station, and apparently the man responsible for steering Prince toward the Jehovah’s Witnesses), Sheila E., sax man Najee, and Kirk Johnson’s band the Fonky Baldheads, took the stage at the Fillmore in San Francisco for some after hours jamming.

The quality here is excellent. Make sure to check out “Joy in Repetition” (a great ‘Graffiti Bridge‘ tune), “Paisley Park”(f** yeah!) from ‘Around the World in a Day“, and please oh please listen to his guitar work on “Oye Como Va”. You’re in for a treat…….

Prince (with the NPG, Larry Graham, Najee, Sheila E., Milenia, and the Fonky Baldheads)
Hit N Run Aftershow
The Fillmore, San Francisco
April 29th, 2001

  1. The Daisy Chain
  2. Do Right Woman – Do Right Man (sung by Rosie Gaines)
  3. Carwash (sung by Rosie Gaines)
  4. Ain’t No Way (sung by Rosie Gaines)
  5. Joy in Repetition(feat. Najee on Sax)
  6. Paisley Park
  7. Santana Medley (feat. Sheila E.)
  8. Oye Como Va
  9. Come On
  10. Fonky Baldheads (Tracks played over PA system)
  11. Alphabet St.
  12. Outro


  • niccomm

    I had the pleasure of catching an aftershow performance during the Purple Rain tour at the Hartford (CT) Colliseum a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.
    About three quarters of the audience had already left the building, and the rest of us were filing out when we started hearing some heavy duty funk. At first it just sounded like piped in music over the building PA–the kind that theatres sometimes play when the audience is exiting. Most of the people in the corridor just ignored it, but my girlfriend got curious so we poked our heads through the doors to see Prince, the Revolution, and Sheila E.’s band jamming to a tiny crowd of about 200 die hard fans. We ran down to the floor and had a blast listening for about an hour. It was even better than the concert we had just seen.

  • jeff sculley

    Dear Pete,

    Can’t thank you enough. I am looking forward putting on the mp3 player and losing myself in this show tonight.

    As always, much appreciated.

  • B2


    You are the man! Thank you so much for posting this. I just can’t seem to get enough of Prince! Keep on keepin’ on, my friend…


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