LotusFlow3r and Beyond : 2008 to 2010
On December 18, 2008, Prince premiered four songs from his new album on LA’s Indie rock radio station Indie 103.1. The radio station’s programmers Max Tolkoff and Mark Sovel had been invited to Prince’s home to hear the new rock oriented music. Prince then surprised the two by giving them a CD with 4 songs to premiere on their radio station. The music debuted the next day on Jonesy’s Jukebox, hosted by Sex Pistol Steve Jones. The music comprised a cover of “Crimson and Clover” by Tommy James and the Shondells, together with “Colonized Mind”, “Wall of Berlin” and “4ever”.
The same day, another new Prince composition entitled “(There’ll Never B) Another Like Me” premiered on the now obsolete and defunct website, mplsound.com — replacing a shorter, instrumental version of the song which streamed several days previously.
On January 3, 2009, a new website LotusFlow3r.com was launched, streaming some of the recently-aired material (“Crimson and Clover”, “(There’ll Never B) Another Like Me” and “Here Eye Come”) and promising opportunities to listen to and buy music by Prince and guests, watch videos and buy concert tickets for future events. On January 31, Prince released two more songs on LotusFlow3r.com : “Disco Jellyfish”, and “Another Boy”. “Chocolate Box”, “Colonized Mind”, and “All This Love” have since been released on the website.
Prince released a triple album set containing LOtUSFLOW3R, MPLSoUND, and an album credited to his new protege, Bria Valente, called Elixer, on March 24, 2009, followed by a physical release on March 29. The release was preceded by performances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. It was released in other countries digitally, with official physical release dates yet to be announced. The album peaked at No.2 on the Billboard 200, and critics’ opinions were mixed to positive.
On July 18, 2009, Prince performed two shows at the Montreux Jazz Festival, being backed by The New Power Generation including Rhonda Smith, Renato Neto and John Blackwell. There he played “A Large Room with No Light” which had been in Prince’s “vault” for some time.
On October 11, 2009, Prince gave two surprise concerts at the glass-and-iron Grand Palais exhibition hall after visiting the landmark Paris building on the banks of the Seine. On October 12, he gave another surprise gig at La Cigale. On October 24, Prince played a concert at his own Paisley Park complex in Minneapolis, Minnesota.