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.