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A HUGE THANK YOU to all of our loyal listener/watchers!
Late last night, we reached 15,000 followers! A big number thanks to a lot of great people, and a galactic amount of the fantastic music we all love!

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Prince playing 'Summertime' at Soundcheck, Koshien, Hyogo Prefecture (1990)

Fun to watch and it was a nice, intimate look as he was working. H/t to +Jane Ellen for catching my eye with this on that other site. Sean

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Grande musicista pianoforte e chitarra .....
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Yeah... I'm still up as my soul and body begin their annual adjustments to summer hours. I was reminded of the unique relationship between Madonna and Prince (search YT for them, and you'll get a great "love song" collab), but for now, this groove will do just fine.

Recently, the two icons discussed going on a world tour together, but as Prince said: "The world isn't ready."

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Prince & Cee Lo "Crazy" Live in NYC ~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfpkbjDwpsY
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#Prince: A Block Party
Purple Rain Soundtrack: Side 1, Track 1
The first and last songs on this tape were the ones that wore it out. This first song on the LP is also the one that I more or less...more... contribute my current and future hearing loss to. Combined with the Alpine/Pioneer/Lake custom sound system in my '74 Cougar, the final guitar solo played repeatedly at beyond max volume... well... I guess I was just following the main hook of the song.

This and the next two: Michelle, sister Sarah, brothers Tom and Doug, Renee, a girl named Dave, the dudes in the band (plus one "chick"), Keisha the Dog, the Cougar, road trips to Columbia, bridge parties, and a German exchange student named Beata. 

I encourage you all to just pop one name or place below... come on... we all have at least one. Go crazy. (Sorry for the low audio quality.)

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I remember sitting and watching my sister try to play tennis against a wall while I had this cassette in our first walkman.  I lived with this in my ears for months while we lived overseas on this little island--it was a link to the greater world and a siren call to the modern while i was surrounded by a tiny town a century behind in many ways.  <3
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That's the one I have on my collection cover!
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If you're a Purple Rain fan...
Today, +Rolling Stone published an interview with the director, Robert Magnoli, about the creation of this wonderful film. It's extremely insightful. An excerpt:
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He said, "What about the music?" I said, "We want at least 12 songs. Do you want a double album?" He said he didn't but that he had about 100 songs and they were all ready to go. He brought me back to my hotel and I had a message from Steve that said, "I'll pick you up at 9 tomorrow morning and you can go to Prince's house and listen to music." I walked into his house that morning and went downstairs to his studio and we listened to 25 or 30 songs. I said, "There has to be a good reason for you to be onstage in a musical number. It has to be about the story of the character and how it drives you to the stage." He said, "Okay, I understand." We shook hands and I left with a few cassettes of 100 songs and a lyric sheet. I still have the cassettes in my storage space.
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Oh man... I know I'm not the only one that wants to get into that storage space. I hope that arrangements will soon be made to allow the world to hear that music.

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"The first thing [the studio] said was, 'Is it possible to ask if John Travolta can play Prince?'" recalls Albert Magnoli
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The Latest...
Opioids are used in many pain medications. Many, many possibilities as to the cause of death exist and it will still be several weeks before they figure out the exact cause of death. Things are still murky, but they're working on it. Personally, I'll refrain from any speculation at this time. As more information comes forth, I'll keep you informed.

Additional details for you to read are behind the link.

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Authorities investigating the death of music legend Prince found prescription opioid medication on his him and in his home, a law enforcement official told CNN.
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For those of you whom thought you were a stud .
You should have tried keeping up with "Prince".
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#Prince: A Block Party
Purple Rain Soundtrack: Side 1, Track 9
Prince... my man, my brother... words just can't... Thank You. We'll chat later. #RogerRHK  

Good Night.

(Vimeo... new window and ago full screen. Incredible)

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If you know what I'm talking about, raise your hands...
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The original trailer for Purple Rain...

...almost there.

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#Prince: A Block Party
Purple Rain Soundtrack: Side 1, Track 1
I hate this. No, not the song. It's an eternal top-of all-list jam. No, I hate these Saturday nights when I'm moved to drag you all in on a what is becoming a long string of tributes. David, Glenn, Maurice... now Prince. This one, almost by far, is the biggest. The worldwide reaction is almost unprecedented, and it has hit my world the hardest thus far. What Prince has been for me and so many of us... this is what it sounds like.

I invite you all now to dig into your own libraries and memories of those that still live... listen to them now. There are many that are in those late years, and thankfully still with us, but in reality not for long. Don't comment as to who, just do. Listen now.

No video has ever been needed for this. One more song after it, and we all know what that will be. Time to make it Rain up in here...

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+La Wonder Yeah... it's a big, scarring, deep hit.
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#Prince: A Block Party
Purple Rain Soundtrack: Side 1, Track 5
So....when Tipper Gore saw her 11 year old daughter listening to and singing along to this classic, she freaked. All of a sudden we had the PMRC, warning labels, and parents that suddenly noticed the lyrics their kids were listening to... even though they had... anyway, lets jam.

Another from the movie, heads up on the RIP near the end.

One of my gf's at the time... her theme song. :)

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Where Every Night Is Friday Night. Best Music Videos of the 80s to Today's Great Songs. 80s Friday Night show starts at ...10PM New York | 7PM Los Angeles | 3AM London
Introduction
Welcome to FRIDAY NIGHT SESSIONS - Where Every Night Is Friday Night. Since October 2011.

Over 4+ years ago, I got a wild idea in my head to regularly post fun 80s videos every Friday night. I started to call my regular gig - Friday Night Sessions. It has been a lot of fun taking requests on all sorts of dance videos, top-40, pop, pop-rock and more. I realized (though a friend) that maybe we could do this a bit better via a PAGE. This is that page, and initially asked six friends to co-manage this page with me.

We've kicked the idea around a bit of having Theme Nights, and I like that a lot. So, look on this page for all announcements about #fridaynightsessions and we're glad you're here!


-Sean Cowen, Founder of FNS

Our Page Managers In No Particular Order:


Ross Fergus ...         Andrew Coffman ...  Yonatan Zunger


Matt Tuomala ...       Johnny Zed ...            Samuel Vain


>>>>>>>>>>  We've just added a PUBLIC CALENDAR for FRIDAY NIGHT SESSIONS here:
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Ryan Van Sickle

Ryan is thinking about hosting an American Folk Roots Songbook night or something like night.  Old folk/blues to modern folk folk/rock.

Writing songs of character and integrity that resound the timeless and universal, Ryan Van Sickle uniquely translates the themes of love, war, life and death and the epic and mundane struggles within.  Following in the steps of the masters from his native Canada, Ryan draws on the influences of Neil Young, Daniel Lanois, and Leonard Cohen alongside American greats Bruce Springsteen and Emmylou Harris.  With the release of his latest album Ghosts Of The Brokenhearted on iTunes - http://goo.gl/9VZ00 , and on Google Music - http://goo.gl/89RIf, Ryan emerges as a powerful singer songwriter; asserting prowess in building a lyrical highway with a strong voice to carry his listeners on the journey. View his website at ryanvansicklemusic.com

Roger R. H. King
Roger genuinely loves many genres of music as long as it is, as he says, "Worth crankin' up!" Raised on the the sounds of Motown, "Classic" rock, Classical music, R&B, and jazz, he's played drums and sung in numerous unknown bands ranging from blues to country, and jazz to rock.  As a symphonic percussionist, he's also played with many orchestras and other musical productions. A music major in college, he's also been a "personality" on Classic Rock radio, as well as a party DJ in the Springfield area.  Roger's submissions to our page will show off his broad range of tastes and diversity, as he also attempts to educate our audience with facts, stories, and insights about the artists and music.

"I am really looking forward to getting to personally, and musically, know all of you as we head off on this G+ musical journey. Peace, Love, and Crank It!" - RRHK
 
Branden Haize 

Branden Haize first joined Friday Night Sessions as a volunteer "music historian", supplying facts and trivia to videos posted during the Friday night time slot. Soon, he became an official page manager himself, and the host of his own show, Lost in the Haize. When does it air? It's a spontaneous thing, whenever the mood strikes him (and whenever the forum isn't being used by someone else). Branden is also the author of "Darwin's Playground" and "The Prospector", two independent web-series available to read at BrandenHaize.com.

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no set time
no set theme
M is here to blow off steam
M may or may not do requests 
M basks in the +1s and shares (this helps if you want a request)

Andrew Coffman

Andrew is a long time listener of FNS  and has an abiding interest in remixed songs, as evidenced by his own page +All Remixed Up , but his tastes run the gamut of the entire musical spectrum.

While Andrew may not play any instrument beyond the radio or been involved in the music industry, he has been on 5 of the 7 continents, helped build bridges, dams and refineries where no human has business being at and flown enough miles to make it to the moon and back.

Look for him to roll out the eclectic, the remixed and great tunes you forgot you loved in the wee morning hours of West Coast and get ready to whet your whistle for a midnight snack that's tasty and exotic.


Sarah Lynne aka Metalynne

Metalynne or Sarah Lynne, labels herself as a tried and true metalhead. She listens to all sub-genres of metal from heavy metal to metalcore, anything she can bang her head to. Metalynne has a show here on FNS called Subdural Hematoma. Her show is dedicated to all things metal music related. She has been known to bring the studio to flames and we have even had to call security a few times because of her antics.

Look out for her every Sunday night to bring you the most face melting metal show she can. And as Metalynne likes to say, "Horns up! \m/"


Samuel 'Zenman' Vain

Samuel ‘Zenman” Vain was born and grew up in California, he’s a Metalhead to the core that evolved into it. His childhood in the 70’s and teens in the 80’s allowed him to witness the evolution of Rock & Roll into Hard Rock and then Metal. He’s a bit on the crazy side being an accomplished artist so you can never tell what video he might post.

As a youngster he loved the Beatles, Jimmi Hendrix, Kansas, Foreigner, and Black Sabbath in addition to many more. As much fun as they were he needed more guitar and drums as he grew. Suddenly there was Van Halen, Scorpions, Iron Maiden, Stormtroopers of Death, Alice Cooper, and this tape he was given in Los Angeles by a guy in a band that he wore out but never could remember the band name. Hearing ‘Hit the lights’ for the first time in 3 years solved that mystery, and the search for more music like that was on. When Slayer came it was like seeing a divinity!

Now that there are bands that can cause aneurisms there is blood all over his walls when it suits him but there is a chill and romantic side to watch, they pop in randomly. He can be sweet, dark, funny, and very serious, but it’s the eccentric parts that make his mind fun.  

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