Prince paved the way for wild new places in music with his expansive embrace of rock, soul, funk, and everything else you can think of in a near perfect mix that became his ground breaking ‘Purple Rain’ album. So successful it had a film adaption and last impact on generations of music fans to this day. With the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, Google and YouTube have partnered with the estate of Prince to raise funds for the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization (powered by UN Foundation and Swiss Philanthropy Foundation) with a special streaming event that revives that special era of music.
The ‘concert film premiered on YouTube last night and will only be available for free through the weekend, so watch it now before it’s gone. If you have a few dollars to spare throw in for the cause.This live album in audio form has also finally been released on music streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify as well.
This specific performance was filmed in Syracuse, New York but was the same month the Purple One and his collective of superstars played 5 sold-out shows at was then, the Rosemont Horizon. We are thinking deeply of our hard-working friends in the local live music business at this uncertain time, and that is why 101WKQX is launching a special 34 hour radiothon to benefit the impacted staff of Chicago’s shuttered independent music venues. Tune in Thursday, May 21st through May 22nd for this special event featured Brian, Ali, and Justin from the KQX Morning Crew with many more pledging to SAVE OUR STAGES. Read more about that here.
Here is the set list from Wikipedia.
- “Let’s Go Crazy” (5:30)
- “Delirious” (2:46)
- “1999” (includes “Reveille” interpolation) (4:15)
- “Little Red Corvette” (5:10)
- “Take Me with U” (4:15)
- “Yankee Doodle Dandy” (Interlude) (6:10)
- “Do Me, Baby” (includes “Purple House” spoken intro) (4:40)
- “Irresistible Bitch” (2:00)
- “Possessed” (4:24)
- “How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore” (5:05)
- “Let’s Pretend We’re Married” (4:15)
- “International Lover” (1:00)
- “God” (8:30)
- “Computer Blue” (4:30)
- “Darling Nikki” (4:00)
- “The Beautiful Ones” (includes backwards “The Dance Electric” and wind chime intro) (7:30)
- “When Doves Cry” (8:15)
- “I Would Die 4 U” (3:50)
- “Baby I’m a Star” (10:00)
- “Purple Rain” (18:24)