“Prince and the Revolution: Live,” A Full Concert, Hits YouTube this Week
Whether you’re a Prince super-fan,or just yearning for the buzz of a live concert, you’re in for a treat. The estate of the late hitmaker will be live-streaming a full-length concert from Prince’s 1985 Purple Rain tour. You can catch it on YouTube, but only during a brief window of time.
Prince and the Revolution: Live will be streaming from Thursday, May 14th, at 8pm Eastern Time (ET) until Sunday, May 17th, at 11:59pm ET.
The concert was originally held on March 30, 1985, at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, near the end of Prince’s iconic Purple Rain tour. Footage of the concert was originally sold via VHS, one of the earliest instances of a live event becoming available for home video.
Prince’s performance is backed by The Revolution, his touring band that includes crazy-talent Bobby Z on drums, guitarist Wendy Melvoin and keyboardists Lisa Coleman and Matt Fink.
Fundraising for the COVID-19 Fight
Viewers can enjoy the watch-party for free, but are encouraged to donate to the World Health Organization’s Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund. Google, which owns YouTube, has already pledged to match up to $5 million in donations.
The depth of Prince’s charitable giving, which he never flaunted while alive, were revealed after his death, when extraordinary private donations and philanthropic efforts by the musician were uncovered. His estate is staying true to Prince’s commitment to charity.
At 7pm ET on Thursday, an hour before the streaming concert begins, a pre-show will give fans the opportunity to participate in a Q&A session with The Revolution drummer Bobby Z. This interactive hour will be moderated by Andrea Swensson of Minnesota Public Radio’s 89.3 The Current.
Concert Set List
The Purple Rain set list includes a ton of Prince’s most beloved tracks. The album’s title song closes the night on a powerful note, with one of the most recognizable guitar solos in history. Here’s what you should expect to hear:
1. Let’s Go Crazy (6:03)
2. Delirious (2:51)
3. 1999 (5:51)
4. Little Red Corvette (3:39)
5. Take Me With U (4:57)
6. Yankee Doodle Dandy (3:53)
7. Do Me Baby (4:51)
8. Irresistible Bitch (1:56)
9. Possessed (4:25)
10. How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore (7:19)
11. Let’s Pretend We’re Married (2:11)
12. International Lover (2:01)
13. God (7:46)
14. Computer Blue (4:15)
15. Darling Nikki (3:30)
16. The Beautiful Ones (6:50)
17. When Doves Cry (9:29)
18. I Would Die 4 U (3:27)
19. Baby I’m A Star (10:57)
20. Purple Rain (19:26)