Under the Cherry Moon Tour

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Under the Cherry Moon Tour (or Parade Tour)
Tour by Prince and The Revolution
Associated album Parade
Start date August 12, 1986
End date September 9, 1986
Legs 1
Shows 15 in Europe
4 in Asia
19 Total
Prince and The Revolution concert chronology
Purple Rain Tour
(1984–85)
Under the Cherry Moon Tour
(1986)
Sign o' the Times Tour
(1987)

The Under the Cherry Moon Tour[1] (also called the Parade Tour) was a concert tour in support of Prince and The Revolution's latest album, Parade and the motion picture Under the Cherry Moon. The Under the Cherry Moon Tour tour marked the first full tour of Europe by Prince. It also saw the expanded Revolution line-up and featured Sheila E. and her band as an opening act for most shows.

History[edit]

The American leg of the tour is sometimes unofficially called the Hit N Run Tour. The Under the Cherry Moon Tour marked the first, and ironically last, tour of the expanded Revolution as most of the members of the defunct The Family band were absorbed into Prince's band, dubbed by Eric Leeds as "The Counter-Revolution". The band's expansion became a source of tension, as some of the original members were unhappy with the new additions, especially of the non-instrument playing dancers, Wally Safford and Greg Brooks, with Brown Mark remarking "I was [put] behind the piano, next to Bobby Z [standing] behind three guys that used to be bodyguards. I started feeling a little underappreciated."[2] Wendy was even bothered that her twin sister Susannah, was now in the band, saying "I shared a womb with this person, do I have to share a stage?" Furthermore Brown Mark, Wendy and Lisa felt that Prince was turning the band into more of an R&B/funk band, moving away from the pop/rock music that Prince had moved toward with his last three albums.

Right before the tour was scheduled to start overseas, Brown Mark, Wendy and Lisa threatened to quit, in fact Bobby Z. literally caught Wendy and Lisa at the airport and begged them to stay for the tour. Eventually all three were convinced to ride it out. But as the tour ended it became clear that this would be the end of the group and these were their final performances together. On the final night in Yokohama, Japan, Prince uncharacteristically smashed up all of his guitars after a final encore of "Purple Rain".[2]

During the UK tour Prince was joined on stage by Ronny Wood on Guitar and Sting on Bass. They performed a cover version of the Rolling Stones track 'Miss you' after the performance Prince said "I wish i wrote that". following the tour a bootleg was released via the official UK fan club called 'the salvador dali EP' which featured a recording of the performance of 'miss you'

Shortly after the Under the Cherry Moon Tour in October 1986, The Revolution was disbanded, with Prince firing Wendy and Lisa, replacing Bobby Z. with Sheila E., and Brown Mark quitting.

The band[edit]

Typical set list[edit]

Also "Mutiny", "It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night", "Do U Lie?", "Condition of the Heart", "The Ladder", "♥ or $" and "America" would be played on some shows.

The Paris performance of "It's Gonna be a Beautiful Night" was recorded and overdubbed before being released on the Sign ☮' the Times album.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
Europe
August 12, 1986 London England Wembley Arena
August 13, 1986
August 14, 1986
August 17, 1986 Rotterdam Netherlands Sportpaleis Ahoy
August 18, 1986
August 19, 1986
August 21, 1986 Copenhagen Denmark Valby Hallen
August 22, 1986 Stockholm Sweden Isstadion
August 25, 1986 Paris France Le Zénith
August 26, 1986 Frankfurt West Germany Eissporthalle Frankfurt
August 27, 1986 Brussels Belgium Forest National
August 28, 1986 Frankfurt West Germany Eissporthalle
August 29, 1986 Essen Grugahalle
August 30, 1986 Hamburg Alsterdorfer Sporthalle
August 31, 1986
Asia
September 5, 1986 Osaka Japan Osaka-jō Hall
September 6, 1986
September 8, 1986 Yokohama Yokohama Stadium
September 9, 1986

References[edit]

  1. ^ Official poster on Madhouse Music
  2. ^ a b Jason Draper (2008). "Prince: Life & Times". Jawbone Press. 
  3. ^ Nilsen, Per (2004). Dance Music Sex Romance: Prince: The First Decade. London: SAF Publishing Ltd. p. 339. ISBN 0-946719-64-0.