Controversy! How We Purple Rained On Prince’s After-Show Parade
News posted Tuesday, May 15 2012 at 03:00 PM.
Related: The Empress, Prince.
The Empress – a 220-capacity institution in Fitzroy North – fielded some strange phone calls from eager Prince fans last night. Rumours of an after-show jam following last night’s gig at Rod Laver were fuelled by Herald Sun reporter Nui Te Koha who tweeted it’d be taking place at Club 23 at Crown Casino at 1am, only to retract the claim an hour later.
We decided to get in on the action, sending rabid Prince fans on a wild goose chase that started at Fitzroy North institution The Empress, continued on to Collingwood’s The Gasometer and wound up at The Barley Corn down the road on Johnston Street.
They bought it – on Twitter and on the Prince forum.
Speaking to M+N today, Empress booker Jeremy Furze – who was watching Prince at Rod Laver at the time – said the venue fielded 15 to 20 calls, before declining to pick up when it kept ringing after 11.30pm. “The bar staff member was tempted to string them along but ‘felt too much pity,” he said.
As for tonight’s post-show party, the rumours have already started circulating, with Te Koha taking to Twitter once more. (Didn’t he learn anything from last night’s epic troll fail?)
While M+N is loathe to contribute to the speculation, we’ve heard varying reports about a show at Docklands (possibly Alumbra) and also The Palace, where Public Enemy were scheduled to perform. That show has since been shifted to the Espy for no apparent reason – make of that what you will. As for The Empress, Furze said the Purple One is always welcome to perform on its hallowed stage. “If he wishes to play here tonight open mic registration is from 7.30pm,” he joked.
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