By noon, yesterday, the fourth and fifth shows had sold out.
So they added a sixth.
By 1:30, that had sold out, too.
So they added a seventh.
By 3:30, that had sold out.
For more than 130,000 Washingtonians, their Prince will come Nov. 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 29 and 30. They queued up last Monday for the first three shows, and they queued up yesterday for four more.
If only they'd known that each sellout would mean another stampede.
In all, 130,000 tickets were sold in a total of less than 10 hours. Washingtonians were not the first to exhibit Princedemonium, but they were the fiercest. In Detroit last week, they put two shows at Joe Louis Arena on sale and it took a day and a half to sell them out, breaking all the records there, incidentally.
Broke all the records in Washington, too. The closest in terms of length was a five-concert series in 1975 featuring the Beach Boys and Chicago (it never did sell out). In terms of speed, no one comes close, not even Bruce Springsteen. A Cellar Door spokesperson couldn't recall any show selling out on the first day. Not even the Stones, man.
Much less seven shows.
Without any advertising, either.
The Bullets had to reschedule a game, against the Cleveland Cavaliers, to make it all possible. Support those Bullets.
There will be other cities and other 20,000-seat arenas: Greensboro, N.C., Nov. 14, 15 (tickets went on sale yesterday); Richmond's Coliseum, Nov. 16 (on sale Friday); Philadelphia's Spectrum, Nov. 22 and 23 (sold out); Chicago's Rosemont Horizon, Dec. 9-11 (selling today); St. Louis' Busch Arena, Dec. 20 and 21 (on sale Friday).
Prince's movie, "Purple Rain," has been out eight weeks. It just passed the $70 million mark (only cost $7 million to make). So he took the soundtrack and made it the No. 1 album. Sold about 8 million copies, so far.
Prince is hot.
Maybe those Jackson fellows could open for him when they finish with that Victory Tour.