Wow. Well. I'd have to say this is a tough, very tough, decision.
I mean, we've got Buffy. And the Sing-Along. Which is practically a category all by itself.
But then we have Prince. His Royal Purpleness. And an amazing concert.
Now, Prince did lose just a few points...apparently he has a habit of never being on time for anything. And so it came to pass than when the concert was supposed to start, the doors to the arena were still locked because a sound check was going on. That meant that the 15,000 attendees were left crowded into the hallways outside the arena. Oddly, on that 95+ degree day, there didn't seem to be any air conditioning in the hallway. Nor were there any concession stands in the hallway. It was, shall we say, uncomfortable. Especially for the type of people who sweat profusely.
I'm not saying I'm one of those people.
But finally the doors opened, we all ran through the gates to the bar to buy beer and water and go sit and wait another hour for Prince to arrive. And watch all the people who it seemed had spent their waiting time in the bar and were, as my cute dad would say, three sheets to the wind.
And it turns out it was all worth it. Boy howdy.
Because it wasn't just Prince, it was Prince and Wendy (from Wendy and Lisa days), and later, Sheila E, who has seriously mad percussion skilz. Along with Prince's mad guitar skilz and some other guy's mad saxophone skilz.
I'm quite positive that when Prince was singing "U got the look/U sure be jamming in my book/Your body's hot for slammin'" that he was singing to me.
But did he, to use Slayer vernacular, dust Buffy? Well. It's a struggle to decide. For the record, Lisa, who went to both events with me and loved both of them, still favors Buffy.
It was a troublesome decision. On the one hand, we have an event in a movie theater with none of the actual stars present. On the other hand, we have a cult classic TV show with its most cultish episode ever, with hundreds of fans in attendance and singing at the top of their cultish lungs. OTOH, we have Prince. OTOH, he was REALLY late and it was REALLY hot. OTOH, he practically blew the roof off the Target Center with that concert. OTOH, he had no vampires or dancing demons. OTOH, Buffy didn't have Sheila E. OTOH, Prince had amazing professional musicians. OTOH, Buffy had an endearingly amateur cast. And the ever-hot Spike.
I could go on and on. You see the dilemma. I thought maybe I should classify; Prince could be the "cool" summer event, and Buffy could be the "geeky" summer event. But then who goes into the smackdown round next month with Weird Al? Prince or Buffy? Is Weird Al so geeky he's cool, or cool because he's so geeky?
So what it comes down to--and the reason I'm taking all the time to explain this is that some enquiring minds have wanted to know, so if you're thinking I need to get a life, keep in mind that other people (who also apparently need to get a life) are really wondering about the outcome of this Smackdown--is:
The final result? A tie. Buffy and Prince. Together joining their considerable forces to effectively wipe out the rest of the summer competition.
Because, c'mon, I love Weird Al, but what are the chances he can survive a Smackdown with Buffy AND Prince?