Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Morris Day and the Time live (6/5/16)
Rounding out the roster are a new guitarist Tori "Freak Juice" Ruffin, bassist Ricky "Freeze" Smith, second keyboardist Jeff "J-Mack" McNeely, and valet "Brother Thomas".
Their second album, 1982's What Time Is It?, was also well represented with party favorites "Wild and Loose", "777-9311" and "The Walk". The one slow jam of the set also comes from that album - "Gigolos Get Lonely Too".
If you follow Morris on Facebook and Twitter, you know Morris has been posting a lot of pictures of his long-time friend Prince since the artist's passing April. To help pay tribute, he and the Time performed an energetic "D.M.S.R." from 1999 - and this received a rousing cheer from the crowd. It was also the point in the show when the rain clouds cleared away and the sun came shining on through. It was if someone up there was looking down on the show and wanted to make sure we all were partying like it was 1999. We're all still grieving, and it really helped to see Morris acknowledging his good friend in concert.
The encore number was the band's other big hit from the Purple Rain era - "Jungle Love". There is nothing like a crowd of hundreds of people on their feet responding to the call of "ooo-eee-ooo-eee-ooo".
Since the Time had broken up (the first time) when I saw Prince for the Purple Rain tour, I never had the chance back then to see them perform live before now. It was really great to be able to attend their show this weekend. While some of the names and faces have changed, it is still a fantastic show. If you get the chance, you should check them out.
For more from Morris Day and from the Time, click here and here respectively.