Sign o' the Times Tour
|Sign o' the Times Tour|
|Tour by Prince|
|Associated album||Sign o' the Times|
|Start date||May 8, 1987|
|End date||June 29, 1987|
|Prince concert chronology|
The Sign o' the Times Tour was a short European only tour by Prince. It was the first tour after the split with The Revolution. As Prince's record sales were doing better in the European market than at home in the United States, Prince chose not to continue the tour into the U.S. after the European tour, as he was ready to get back into the studio and start a new project.
The Sign o' the Times Tour marked a huge transition period in the career of Prince. Gone were the Revolution, in particular long-time band members Bobby Z. (who was there from the start in 1978), Brown Mark, Lisa Coleman, and Wendy Melvoin. The only holdovers from the "Counter-Revolution" line-up were Miko Weaver, Eric Leeds, Atlanta Bliss, and long-time keyboardist Doctor Fink. Sheila E., who Prince had been using in studio, took over on drums, while another session player, Levi Seacer, Jr., who had been playing in Sheila E.'s band and was also a member of Prince's jazz-fusion project Madhouse, was added on bass. Boni Boyer was brought on board to play keyboard and organs and the Star Search phenom Cat Glover rounded out the group as choreographer, dancer, and backing vocals.
Warner Bros. and Prince's managers wanted a longer world tour to promote the album in United States and Japan, however Prince felt a need to tour Europe only, where his past three albums, along with this one, performed better in Europe than in the U.S., and by the time he was finished with his European concert dates, was ready to move on from Sign o' the Times and record new material. He later compromised by filming some of the shows for a concert film release. However, the film quality of the recorded shows was too grainy and Prince was forced to re-shoot most of the concerts in a sound stage at Paisley Park, lip-syncing most of the songs.
- Prince: Lead vocals, Piano, and Guitar
- Miko Weaver: Guitar
- Levi Seacer, Jr.: Bass
- Matt Fink: Keyboards
- Boni Boyer: Keyboards, Organ, and Vocals
- Sheila E.: Drums, Percussion, and Vocals
- Eric Leeds: Saxophone
- Atlanta Bliss: Trumpet
- Cat Glover, Wally Safford and Greg Brooks: Dancers and Vocals
Typical set list
- "Sign "☮" the Times"
- "Play in the Sunshine"
- "Little Red Corvette"
- "Girls & Boys"
- "Slow Love"
- "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man" (Intro)
- "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man" (Includes "Rockhard in a Funky Place" horn interpolation)
- "Hot Thing"
- Drum solo coda: "Now's the Time" (Charlie Parker cover)
- "If I Was Your Girlfriend"
- "Let's Go Crazy"
- "When Doves Cry" (Includes "La, La, La, He, He, Hee" interpolation)
- "Purple Rain"
- "Forever in My Life"
- "The Cross"
- "It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night" (Includes "Take the "A" Train", "Six", "Housequake" and "♥ or $" interpolations)
Also "Mutiny", "Raspberry Beret", "La La La He He Hee", "Dead on It", "Condition of the Heart", and "The Sex of It", were worked into some shows.
|May 8, 1987||Stockholm||Sweden||Isstadion|
|May 9, 1987|
|May 10, 1987|
|May 12, 1987||Gothenburg||Scandinavium|
|May 14, 1987||West Berlin||—||Deutschlandhalle|
|May 15, 1987|
|May 18, 1987||Zurich||Switzerland||Hallenstadion|
|May 19, 1987|
|May 20, 1987|
|May 22, 1987||Munich||West Germany||Olympiahalle|
|May 23, 1987|
|May 25, 1987||Frankfurt||Festhalle Frankfurt|
|May 26, 1987|
|May 29, 1987||Vienna||Austria||Wiener Stadthalle|
|May 30, 1987|
|June 1, 1987||Dortmund||West Germany||Westfalenhallen|
|June 2, 1987|
|June 4, 1987||Stuttgart||Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle|
|June 7, 1987||Milan||Italy||Palatrussardi|
|June 8, 1987|
|June 9, 1987|
|June 11, 1987|
|June 13, 1987||Paris||France||Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy|
|June 14, 1987|
|June 15, 1987|
|June 17, 1987|
|June 19, 1987||Utrecht||Netherlands||Stadion Galgenwaard|
|June 20, 1987|
|June 21, 1987|
|June 22, 1987|
|June 26, 1987||Rotterdam||Sportpaleis Ahoy|
|June 27, 1987|
|June 28, 1987|
|June 29, 1987||Antwerp||Belgium||Sportpaleis|
- 06/25/87: London, England, Wembley Stadium; CANCELLED
- 06/26/87: London, England, Wembley Stadium; CANCELLED
- Jason Draper (2008). "Prince: Life & Times". Jawbone Press.