Fly out to LA at 6 AM after playing the House of Blues and hanging out on Bourbon St in New Orleans.
Of course with out any sleep….. We are flying to the LA Forum to play a show opening up for Prince! On the flight there I look up out of a sleepy stupor to see none other Stevie Wonder on our flight! And……. it was his Birthday on top of that!
We sound check and get some food. I am stoked to open up for Prince at the LA Forum!!!. Showtime. We are on this amazing stage molded in the shape of Prince’s Guitar. We kill. It was much better than the Madison Square Garden Show. Okay I’ll get to the good Stuff…..
The Purple One himself came out and did an amazing show! I was right in the front row in a VIP area that he set aside for us. He played for over Three Hours!!! He did like at LEAST 8-10 Encores!!!! He was like “We can be here all night cause I GOT TO MANY HITS!!!!” WHAT???? I almost died! But he’s right….. Then we thought the show was over so we went back to the dressing room and the bar for the after party. About fifteen minutes later the I hear music coming from the stage. We run back into the Arena and check it out… Next song, enter none other than Stevie Wonder!!!! He got up played his version of Happy Birthday to himself on the Harmonica and then hopped on the Keys and DESTROYED “Superstition”. Oh MY GOD, it was an epic night! Prince did one more song and called us up on the stage to dance and wave to everyone…… WOW.
It’s now two in the morning and after party is jamming… Prince calls up Janelle and the horns and percussion and we jam for like two hours! The band was killin! I took a few solos. It’s pretty intimidating when Prince points at you to take a solo. But in my head I was just like F*QU%#@* it what to I have to lose…. nothing. So I played my little heart out. It was AMAZING!!!!!
4:30 AM…. back to the hotel. Take a shower. Get Dressed. No Sleep. Hop in a cab to LAX. Catch a flight to see my Beautiful Wife…
Maybe I’ll sleep sometime this year….