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Thread started 06/06/18 12:06am

SoftSkarlettLo
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Did Prince have opening acts for his shows?

With his shows, I mean from stadium concerts to his Paisley Park stints to smaller, more intimate shows like "Piano & A Microphone".

I've never been to a Prince show sadly, so I don't know if Prince had opening acts from the late 1970s to 2016?

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Reply #1 posted 06/06/18 12:39am

BlueShakooo

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Reply #2 posted 06/06/18 12:48am

thedance

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Vanity 6 & The Times in 82 iirc?


Sheila E & The Time in 84/85?


Madhouse in 87 iirc?

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Reply #3 posted 06/06/18 12:54am

JorisE73

Not a real opening act but he did screen Akira on the big screens in the afternoon after the soundcheck in 1989 in Japan and some lucky few who were in there saw that and reported on it.
I don't know if he himself did it or the people of the venue tho.

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Reply #4 posted 06/06/18 1:01am

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He had many opening acts, most (if not all) of which are included in the concert listings on princevault.

Often they were artists he was recording or collaborating with at the time.

Sometimes he would even appear on stage to play, or jam for a bit, with his own opening act!

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Reply #5 posted 06/06/18 1:33am

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As others have said, sometimes he had them and sometimes he didn't - and they were often affiliated with him in some way.


For example, opening acts I've seen at his shows over the years include Mavis Staples, Carmen Electra, Shakespeare's Sister, TTF, 4 Non Blondes, the NPG, Doug E Fresh, Chaka Khan, Larry Graham and Nikka Costa.

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Reply #6 posted 06/06/18 3:03am

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SoftSkarlettLovisa said:

With his shows, I mean from stadium concerts to his Paisley Park stints to smaller, more intimate shows like "Piano & A Microphone".

I've never been to a Prince show sadly, so I don't know if Prince had opening acts from the late 1970s to 2016?

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If this interests you this much, why not do some research yourself at PrinceVault?

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Reply #7 posted 06/06/18 3:22am

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BartVanHemelen said:

SoftSkarlettLovisa said:

With his shows, I mean from stadium concerts to his Paisley Park stints to smaller, more intimate shows like "Piano & A Microphone".

I've never been to a Prince show sadly, so I don't know if Prince had opening acts from the late 1970s to 2016?

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If this interests you this much, why not do some research yourself at PrinceVault?

FFS, have a day off soft lad

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Reply #8 posted 06/06/18 3:37am

JorisE73

dodger said:

BartVanHemelen said:

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If this interests you this much, why not do some research yourself at PrinceVault?

FFS, have a day off soft lad


Sorry but it seems like a legitimate and at the same time an informative question.

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Reply #9 posted 06/06/18 4:40am

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The last concert I saw him in – Detroit, April 2015 – Judith Hill was the opening act.

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Reply #10 posted 06/07/18 3:31am

SoftSkarlettLo
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thedance said:

Vanity 6 & The Times in 82 iirc?


Sheila E & The Time in 84/85?


Madhouse in 87 iirc?

I meant, opening acts that Prince had not collaborated with. Local acts that were self-promoting.

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Reply #11 posted 06/11/18 10:07am

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BartVanHemelen said:



SoftSkarlettLovisa said:


With his shows, I mean from stadium concerts to his Paisley Park stints to smaller, more intimate shows like "Piano & A Microphone".



I've never been to a Prince show sadly, so I don't know if Prince had opening acts from the late 1970s to 2016?



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If this interests you this much, why not do some research yourself at PrinceVault?



Seriously if you had your way there would be 3 new threads a year. Can we just reorganise your responses into

1) For crying out loud! Why don't you know as much about Prince as I do despite me not liking Prince at all.

2) Go on Princevault and stop discussing things on a discussion forum.

3) I don't like anything.

I absolutely promise you that your world will lighten without this relentless negativity. ☺
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Reply #12 posted 06/11/18 10:27am

databank

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BlueShakooo said:

http://prince.org/msg/7/315979

Some good ones there.

I can think of 3 that are not in that thread:

There were probably many obscure local acts that were obviously chosen by the local tour promoters, not P's organization. I remember Paris 1992 was Swedish singer Indra (poor thing was boooed, but she had it coming opening for Prince with the kind of stuff she was doing: https://www.youtube.com/w...KkaJHCq0), and in 1993 the French band named by David1974 in that old thread was actually called No (it took me a while to find their one and only hit again but here you go: https://www.youtube.com/w...NYh_1aI8).

Mint Condition also opened (before Larry Graham and GCS) in Arras 2010.

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Reply #13 posted 06/11/18 10:30am

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The 1998 tour with Larry and Chaka was some serious funkin'.

In Paris the whole affair lasted more than 5 hours!

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Reply #14 posted 06/11/18 10:54am

poppys

dodger said:

BartVanHemelen said:

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If this interests you this much, why not do some research yourself at PrinceVault?

FFS, have a day off soft lad

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Reply #15 posted 06/11/18 1:01pm

rickyprynce

poppys said:

dodger said:

FFS, have a day off soft lad

falloff


My last show 12/29/13 Mohegan Sun....Janelle Monae opened....

Saw some other openers...Cee Lo, Mint Condition, Sheila, Chaka/Larry, Graham Central Sta,

Lalah Hathaway, Esperanza Spalding...But of the 45 shows I attended most had no opening act..

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Reply #16 posted 06/11/18 7:53pm

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Since they were all a proximatation of him, no.

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Reply #17 posted 06/11/18 10:25pm

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In Portland, During the Musicology tour. He had some female WB act open for the show. Not a Prince related act Rdhull!

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Reply #18 posted 06/12/18 7:24pm

williamb610

JorisE73 said:

Not a real opening act but he did screen Akira on the big screens in the afternoon after the soundcheck in 1989 in Japan and some lucky few who were in there saw that and reported on it.
I don't know if he himself did it or the people of the venue tho.

That's awesome! I'm an Akira fan! I wonder if P was into anime like me. That would be cool. They're making a live-action version for the movies, supposedly.

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