Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL: The Gig Gear Guide
Dolphin Music on May 22, 2014
Thousands of people witnessed Prince and his band of supremely talented ladies 3RDEYEGIRL this year in the UK, and if you were lucky enough to get involved with the tour you would agree that you have experienced an overwhelming presence of greatness that came in the shape of The Artist.
And although Prince’s phenomenal guitar and piano skills were completely enrapturing, we still couldn’t help having a sly peep at some of his snazzy on-stage customised kit whilst at the Manchester gig.
The stacks of Mesa Boogie amps fringed in purple were an easy spot, used with TC Electronic heads. We spied some more TC Electronic gear in the form of Prince’s FX pedals, including Flanger, Delay and Reverb amongst some well-concealed oldies.
3RDEYEGIRL’s drummer Hannah Ford was smashing what we believed to be a customised Gresch drum kit, Ida Nielsen was thrumming funky beats on her Sandberg bass and the hugely talented Donna Grantis was supporting her favourite Purple PRS CE22.
Prince had his go-to touring guitar in tow, the Vox 77, and on this particular night he was thrashing around Hendrix-style with his custom-painted number, featuring a purple flame design - and of course an iconic leopard-print guitar strap.
The performance finished with Purple Rain, were the audience was showered with flurries of sparkling confetti. As the music fades, we catch a last glimpse of Prince letting go a dozen purple balloons that everyone watches rise into the cavernous roof of the Phones 4u Area, “I got a whole lotta people here who can testify nobody can do it like Prince do…”
We completely agree.
For a comprehensive look into Prince’s gear, please take a look at our artist feature.