RIP Prince Rogers Nelson

Sadly very little of Prince’s music is freely available online, but there is at least one glorious exception: this 1982 concert from Prince’s Controversy tour at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey. The show was pre-1999 and Purple Rain, so it’s relatively intimate compared with later arena shows, but that doesn’t mean Prince holds back.

Here is a partial list of the wonders contained herein:

  • A gospel opening to herald the coming of His Purpleness
  • A pole dance (also from His Purpleness)
  • Prince simulating sex with his guitar for four full minutes (starting around 24:40)
  • Prince dancing and doing splits in heels (see around 35:00 for just one example)
  • A Prince striptease (starting around 43:10)
  • Hits including “I Wanna Be Your Lover,” “Uptown,” and “Dirty Mind.”

I can think of no better way to celebrate him than watching the whole thing.

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~ by john on April 21, 2016.

One Response to “RIP Prince Rogers Nelson”

  1. Purple World

    With guitar and hair full of curls.
    Prince made this a purple world.
    People are crying sounds sadful to the ears.
    And it’s raining purple tears.

    At the drop of a hat he was taken away.
    There will be less happiness in the world today.
    Up to heaven his soul did fly.
    Where he is still singing and dancing above a purple sky.

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