Lovesexy Tour

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Lovesexy Tour
Tour by Prince
Associated albumLovesexy
Start dateJuly 8, 1988
End dateFebruary 13, 1989
Legs3
No. of shows31 in Europe
38 in North America
8 in Asia
77 in total (87 scheduled)
Prince concert chronology

The Lovesexy Tour was a concert tour by American recording artist Prince in 1988–1989 in support of his platinum album, Lovesexy. The tour was his last outing in the 1980s.

History[edit]

Although the tour was a huge success in terms of reviews and audience numbers (most shows were sellouts), it lost money due to the high production costs incurred with transportation, only breaking even by its final leg in Japan in early 1989. Prince used a number of elaborate props on the moving, multi-tiered stage such as a basketball hoop, a fountain, trellis fences and a full-scale replica of his Ford Thunderbird automobile.

Costume worn by Prince during the Lovesexy Tour

The two-hour show included most songs from the Lovesexy album, alongside well-known hits and rarer material. In usual Prince fashion, many shows saw the premiere of entirely new songs, particularly "Blues in C (If I Had a Harem)".

Thematically, the show was divided into two very distinct main acts with the themes of light and dark. Act One, which ran for an hour, consisted mainly of older material from Prince's earlier albums, often strung together into medley form to ease time constraints. The show often began with "Escape" before segueing into "Erotic City" and concluded with "Anna Stesia". Act Two consisted largely of songs from Lovesexy, plus classic hits such as "Kiss" and towards the end of the concert, "Let's Go Crazy", "Purple Rain", and "1999". The highlight of many shows was the piano medley in the second act, often featuring "When 2 R in Love", "Venus de Milo", "Starfish and Coffee", "Raspberry Beret", and "Condition of the Heart".

The band[edit]

This post-Revolution line-up was the same that had supported the Sign ☮' the Times Tour. At the conclusion of the tour, the band was rearranged with the departures of Boni Boyer and Cat, along with Sheila E. New drummer Michael Bland was hired from Dr. Mambo's Combo from Minneapolis, Rosie Gaines took over keyboards and backup vocal duties, and a trio of dancers known as the Game Boyz were added. The horn section was dropped altogether.

Susannah Melvoin, Wendy and Lisa, George Clinton, Mavis Staples, Jill Jones, Tony Le Mans, Tony! Toni! Toné!, Patti LaBelle were guest performers at the Bloomington, Hampton, and Philadelphia concerts.

Set list[edit]

The following set list is from the July 16, 1988 show in Milan, Italy. It's not intended to represent all dates throughout the tour.

  1. "Escape" (musical introduction)
  2. "Erotic City" (contains elements of "Sex Shooter")
  3. "Housequake"
  4. "Slow Love"
  5. "Adore"
  6. "Delirious"
  7. "Jack U Off" (contains elements of "Twelve")
  8. "Sister" (contains reprise from "Adore")
  9. "U Got the Look"
  10. "I Wanna Be Your Lover"
  11. "Head"
  12. "When You Were Mine" (contains elements of "When You Were Mine")
  13. "Little Red Corvette"
  14. "Pop Life"
  15. "Controversy"
  16. "Dirty Mind"
  17. "Superfunkycalifragisexy" (contains reprise from "Controversy")
  18. "Bob George"
  19. "Anna Stesia"
  20. "Intermission" (musical interlude)
  21. "Eye No"
  22. "Alphabet St."
  23. "Glam Slam"
  24. "The Cross"
  25. "I Wish U Heaven" (contains elements of "I Wish U Heaven (part 2)" and "God is Alive")
  26. "Kiss"
  27. "Dance On"
  28. "When 2 R in Love"
  29. "Let's Go Crazy"
  30. "When Doves Cry" (contains elements of "La, La, La, He, He, Hee")
  31. "Purple Rain"
  32. "1999"
Encore
  1. "Positivity"
  2. "Lovesexy" (contains elements of "It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night")

Tour dates[edit]

The September 9, 1988 Dortmund, Germany show was recorded and broadcast live via satellite across Europe and later released on VHS.

Date City Country Venue Tickets sold / Available Revenue
Europe [1]
July 8, 1988 Paris France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy 64,050 / 64,050 $1,952,884
July 9, 1988
July 10, 1988
July 12, 1988
July 15, 1988 Milan Italy Palatrussardi 34,000 / 34,000 $887,380
July 16, 1988
July 17, 1988
July 19, 1988
July 23, 1988 Antwerp Belgium Sportpaleis 18,500 / 18,500 $750,360
July 25, 1988 London United Kingdom Wembley Arena 70,392 / 70,392 $1,601,418
July 26, 1988
July 28, 1988
July 29, 1988
August 1, 1988
August 2, 1988
August 3, 1988
August 5, 1988 Birmingham NEC 27,048 / 27,048 $608,542
August 6, 1988
August 10, 1988 Stockholm Sweden Isstadion 19,600 / 19,600 $434,926
August 11, 1988
August 14, 1988 Oslo Norway Valle Hovin 30,125 / 30,125 $708,538
August 17, 1988 Rotterdam Netherlands Feijenoord Stadion 97,809 / 97,809 $2,516,712
August 18, 1988
August 19, 1988
August 21, 1988 Copenhagen Denmark Idrætsparken N/A N/A
August 27, 1988 Frankfurt West Germany Waldstadion 41,765 / 43,908 $1,229,142
August 30, 1988 Hamburg Wilhelm-Koch Stadion 40,235 / 40,235 $1,122,154
August 31, 1988
September 3, 1988 Modena Italy Stadio Alberto Braglia N/A N/A
September 8, 1988 Dortmund West Germany Westfalenhallen 34,110 / 34,110 $952,328
September 9, 1988
North America[2]
September 14, 1988 Bloomington United States Met Center 31,942 / 31,942 $718,695
September 15, 1988
September 17, 1988 Rosemont Rosemont Horizon 52,134 / 52,134 $1,171,016
September 18, 1988
September 19, 1988
September 22, 1988 Cincinnati Riverfront Coliseum 12,666 / 12,666 $253,350
September 24, 1988 Charlotte Charlotte Coliseum 16,432 / 20,012 $328,642
September 27, 1988 Richmond Richmond Coliseum 8,870 / 11,964 $156,225
September 30, 1988 Hartford Hartford Civic Center 12,547 / 13,019 $227,510
October 2, 1988 New York City Madison Square Garden 38,440 / 38,440 $961,000
October 3, 1988
October 5, 1988 Toronto Canada Maple Leaf Gardens 13,252 / 13,252 $330,638
October 8, 1988 Hampton United States Hampton Coliseum 9,912 / 9,912 $172,476
October 10, 1988 Landover Capital Centre 31,786 / 33,019 $715,185
October 11, 1988
October 13, 1988 Atlanta The Omni 32,756 / 32,756 $737,010
October 14, 1988
October 16, 1988 Greensboro Greensboro Coliseum 13,869 / 14,073 $312,053
October 18, 1988 Philadelphia The Spectrum 17,352 / 17,352 $390,421
October 20, 1988 Worcester Worcester Centrum 35,958 / 35,958 $809,056
October 21, 1988
October 22, 1988
October 24, 1988 Uniondale Nassau Coliseum 15,764 / 16,700 $354,692
October 28, 1988 Pittsburgh Civic Arena 14,611 / 14,611 $328,746
October 30, 1988 Detroit Joe Louis Arena 36,876 / 36,876 $829,712
October 31, 1988
November 3, 1988 Denver McNichols Arena 13,900 / 15,637 $312,754
November 6, 1988 Los Angeles Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena 32,151 / 32,151 $903,775
November 7, 1988
November 10, 1988 Oakland Oakland Coliseum Arena 26,886 / 26,886 $605,160
November 11, 1988
November 15, 1988 Seattle Seattle Center Coliseum 12,363 / 14,100 $290,507
November 17, 1988 Vancouver Canada Pacific Coliseum 12,072 / 13,000 $291,780
November 21, 1988 Ames United States Hilton Coliseum 10,009 / 11,000 $177,659
November 23, 1988 Memphis Mid-South Coliseum 10,085 / 11,214 $226,913
November 25, 1988 New Orleans Kiefer Arena 9,124 / 9,124 $205,286
November 27, 1988 Houston The Summit 13,574 / 13,946 $306,414
November 29, 1988 Dallas Reunion Arena 15,021 / 15,874 $337,972
Asia
February 1, 1989 Sendai Japan Sendai Gymnasium N/A N/A
February 4, 1989 Tokyo Tokyo Dome
February 5, 1989
February 7, 1989 Nagoya Rainbow Hall
February 8, 1989
February 10, 1989 Kitakyushu Kitakyushu City Gymnasium
February 12, 1989 Osaka Osaka-jō Hall
February 13, 1989

Filming[edit]

The second show in Dortmund was put on by the Dutch promoter, and the majority of the audience was from the Netherlands. The show was filmed by Dutch production company ID-TV, for later release on video, called Lovesexy Live.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lovesexy Tour - Prince Vault".
  2. ^ "Lovesexy Tour - Prince Vault".