Purple Rain Tour

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Purple Rain Tour
Tour by Prince and The Revolution
Associated album Purple Rain
Start date November 4, 1984
End date April 7, 1985
Legs 2
Shows 98
Prince and The Revolution concert chronology
1999 Tour
(1982–83)
Purple Rain Tour
(1984–85)
Under the Cherry Moon Tour
(1986)

The Purple Rain Tour was the fifth concert tour by American recording artist Prince and The Revolution following up on the success of his sixth studio album Purple Rain and his 1984 film Purple Rain. According to Spin, the tour sold over 1.7 million tickets.

History[edit]

The tour marked the live debut of the band now named The Revolution as Wendy Melvoin made her appearance as the new guitarist in Prince's band, taking over for the departed Dez Dickerson, completing the iconic line-up of the band.

In addition to Prince and The Revolution, they were joined on tour by Apollonia 6, and Sheila E. and her band. Despite gaining fame from their appearance in the film and releasing a third album, The Time were not invited to tour, as by 1985 the group had been depleted, with many of its remaining key members quitting to embark on personal careers.

Opening acts[edit]

Set list[edit]

The Purple Rain Tour was the first Prince tour to open with brand new material. In this case, it was with the album opener, "Let's Go Crazy". A triple dose from the 1999 album followed: "Delirious", "1999" and "Little Red Corvette". An instrumental interlude of "Yankee Doodle" usually introduced another 1999 song, "Free". The B-side "God" was often played, followed by a usual sequence of "Computer Blue", "Darling Nikki", "The Beautiful Ones" and "When Doves Cry" (featuring a mirror setup onstage to mimic the video of the song). As encores, the remaining Purple Rain songs closed the concert, "I Would Die 4 U", "Baby I'm a Star" and "Purple Rain". The three songs were extended, often taking 30 minutes to perform. "Take Me with U" was often worked in, completing all the album tracks. Other songs sometimes included were "Father's Song", "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?", the new "Temptation", "Let's Pretend We're Married" and "Do Me, Baby". On rare occasions, "International Lover", "Dirty Mind", "I Wanna Be Your Lover" would pop up. Later in the tour, an instrumental of "Under the Cherry Moon" was sometimes played. The B-side "Irresistible Bitch" was segued into the unreleased "Possessed" on the Syracuse venue.

Setlist of November 11, 1984, at the Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan]], United States [1]

  1. "Let's Go Crazy"
  2. "Delirious"
  3. "1999" (includes "Reveille" interpolation)
  4. "Little Red Corvette"
  5. Instrumental interlude: "Yankee Doodle"
  6. "Free"
  7. "Father's Song"
  8. "God"
  9. "Computer Blue"
  10. "Darling Nikki"
  11. "The Beautiful Ones" (includes 'backwards' "The Dance Electric"/wind chime intro)
  12. "When Doves Cry"

Encore 1

  1. "I Would Die 4 U"
  2. "Baby I'm a Star"

Encore 2

  1. "Purple Rain"

Setlist of November 22, 1984, at the The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States [2]

  1. "Let's Go Crazy"
  2. "Delirious"
  3. "1999" (includes "Reveille" interpolation)
  4. "Little Red Corvette"
  5. Instrumental interlude: "Yankee Doodle"
  6. "Free"
  7. "Take Me with U"
  8. "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?"
  9. "Temptation"
  10. "Let's Pretend We're Married"/"International Lover"
  11. "God"
  12. "Computer Blue"
  13. "Darling Nikki"
  14. "The Beautiful Ones" (includes 'backwards' "The Dance Electric"/wind chime intro)
  15. "When Doves Cry"

Encore 1

  1. "I Would Die 4 U"
  2. "Baby I'm a Star"

Encore 2

  1. "Purple Rain"

Setlist of December 2, 1984, at the Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada [3]

  1. "Let's Go Crazy"
  2. "Delirious"
  3. "1999" (includes "Reveille" interpolation)
  4. "Little Red Corvette"
  5. Instrumental interlude: "Yankee Doodle"
  6. "Under the Cherry Moon" (Instrumental)
  7. "Free"
  8. "Take Me with U"
  9. "Dirty Mind"
  10. "Do Me, Baby"
  11. "I Wanna Be Your Lover"
  12. "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?"
  13. "Temptation"
  14. "Let's Pretend We're Married"/"International Lover"
  15. "Father's Song"
  16. "God"
  17. "Computer Blue"
  18. "Darling Nikki"
  19. "The Beautiful Ones" (includes 'backwards' "The Dance Electric"/wind chime intro)
  20. "When Doves Cry"

Encore 1

  1. "I Would Die 4 U"
  2. "Baby I'm a Star"

Encore 2

  1. "Purple Rain"

Setlist of February 23, 1985, at the The Forum, Inglewood, California, United States[4]

  1. "Controversy"
  2. "Let's Go Crazy"
  3. "Delirious"
  4. "1999" (Includes "Reveille" interpolation)
  5. "Little Red Corvette"
  6. "Take Me with U" (Includes "Controversy" and "In a Spanish Villa (Instrumental)" interpolations)
  7. "When You Were Mine"
  8. "4 the Tears in Your Eyes"
  9. Interlude: "Yankee Doodle (Instrumental)"
  10. "A Case of You"
  11. "Free"
  12. "Raspberry Beret"
  13. "Do Me, Baby" (Includes 'purple house' spoken intro)
  14. "Irresistible Bitch"
  15. "Temptation"
  16. "Let's Pretend We're Married" / "International Lover"
  17. "God"
  18. "Computer Blue"
  19. "Darling Nikki"
  20. "The Beautiful Ones" (Includes 'backwards' "The Dance Electric" / wind chime intro)
  21. "When Doves Cry"

Encore 1

  1. "I Would Die 4 U"
  2. "Baby I'm a Star" (Includes "We are Young" chant & "Bodyheat" and "Partyup" interpolations)
  3. "America"

Encore 2

  1. "Purple Rain"

Notes

  • The Syracuse, New York concert on March 30, 1985 was recorded and released on VHS later in 1985.
  • Singers Bruce Springsteen and Madonna joined Prince on stage during "Baby I'm a Star" at the February 23, 1985 at The Forum in Inglewood, California.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America[5]
November 4, 1984 Detroit United States Joe Louis Arena
November 5, 1984
November 7, 1984
November 8, 1984
November 9, 1984
November 11, 1984
November 12, 1984
November 14, 1984 Greensboro Greensboro Coliseum
November 15, 1984
November 16, 1984
November 18, 1984 Landover Capital Centre
November 19, 1984
November 20, 1984
November 22, 1984 Philadelphia Spectrum
November 23, 1984
November 24, 1984
November 26, 1984 Landover Capital Centre
November 28, 1984
November 29, 1984
November 30, 1984
December 2, 1984 Toronto Canada Maple Leaf Gardens
December 3, 1984
December 5, 1984 Richfield United States Richfield Coliseum
December 6, 1984
December 9, 1984 Rosemont Rosemont Horizon
December 10, 1984
December 11, 1984
December 13, 1984
December 14, 1984
December 15, 1984 Lexington Rupp Arena
December 17, 1984 Buffalo Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
December 18, 1984
December 20, 1984 St. Louis St. Louis Arena
December 21, 1984
December 23, 1984 Saint Paul Saint Paul Civic Center Arena
December 24, 1984
December 26, 1984
December 27, 1984
December 28, 1984
December 30, 1984 Dallas Reunion Arena
December 31, 1984
January 1, 1985
January 3, 1985 Atlanta The Omni
January 4, 1985
January 6, 1985
January 7, 1985
January 8, 1985
January 11, 1985 Houston The Summit
January 12, 1985
January 13, 1985
January 14, 1985
January 16, 1985
January 17, 1985
January 19, 1985 Birmingham Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center
January 21, 1985 Cincinnati Riverfront Coliseum
January 22, 1985
January 23, 1985
January 25, 1985 Memphis Mid-South Coliseum
January 26, 1985
January 29, 1985 Austin Frank Erwin Center
January 30, 1985
February 1, 1985 New Orleans Louisiana Superdome
February 3, 1985 Birmingham Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center
February 4, 1985 Memphis Mid-South Coliseum
February 14, 1985 Tacoma Tacoma Dome
February 15, 1985
February 18, 1985 Inglewood The Forum
February 19, 1985
February 20, 1985
February 22, 1985
February 23, 1985
February 24, 1985
February 27, 1985 Daly City Cow Palace
February 28, 1985
March 1, 1985
March 3, 1985
March 4, 1985
March 5, 1985
March 7, 1985 Las Cruces Pan American Center
March 8, 1985
March 10, 1985 Long Beach Long Beach Arena
March 11, 1985
March 12, 1985
March 17, 1983 Uniondale Nassau Coliseum
March 18, 1985
March 20, 1985
March 22, 1985
March 23, 1985
March 24, 1985
March 26, 1985 Hartford Hartford Civic Center
March 27, 1985 Worcester Worcester Centrum
March 28, 1985
March 30, 1985 Syracuse Carrier Dome
April 1, 1985 Indianapolis Market Square Arena
April 3, 1985 Tallahassee Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center
April 4, 1985 Lakeland Lakeland Civic Center
April 5, 1985
April 7, 1985 Miami Miami Orange Bowl (as 'Purple Bowl')

Personnel[edit]

During this tour, Prince added saxophonists Eric Leeds and Eddie Minnifield to certain parts of the show and often they would join The Revolution on stage for the extended jams of "I Would Die 4 U" and "Baby I'm a Star". A minor conflict arose within the band, as Prince began giving Leeds lengthy solos during other songs, in particular Wendy was upset that her opening guitar solo on the show closing "Purple Rain" was given to Leeds.[6]

Tour photographer was Nancy Bundt.

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