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  • Amanda Palmer + Grand Theft Orchestra to Play Prince's "Purple Rain" in Full at NYE Show

    Tue, 04 Dec 2012 14:03:43

    Amanda Palmer + Grand Theft Orchestra to Play Prince's "Purple Rain" in Full at NYE Show - It'll take place in NYC

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    Eccentric singer Amanda Palmer & the Grand Theft Orchestra will team up to perform Prince's 1984 classic Purple Rain in full at a New Year's Eve gig at Terminal 5 in NYC.

    Why Purple Rain? "The members of the Grand Theft Orchestra (me, Chad, Michael and Jherek) all come from very different musical backgrounds and have wildly different tastes, but there is ONE THING on our venn diagram that overlaps in the 'perfect album' department, and that's 'Purple Rain,'" the singer said about their choice.

    She continued, "We all grew up worshipping this record. Everybody already knows the songs cold (Jherek used to actually be IN A PRINCE COVER BAND) and we're all going to take turns singing and swapping instruments. The band will, of course, be dressed in our finest Prince-esque finery, covering all aspects of Prince, his facial hair, and his various eras of nudity. We're also encouraging the entire audience to 'come as your favorite era of Prince.' I want to run around counting people in ASSLESS CHAPS, and maybe give them door prizes for bravery. New Years Eve is cold."

    Anyone in NYC plan to see A. Palmer and GTO perform Purple Rain in full? What is your fave song on that classic album?

    —Maggie Pannacione
    12.04.12



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