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Musicology Live 2004ever


I’m not supposed to be here. But here I am.

The tour was bolstered by surprise success of Prince‘s Musicology album. The Musicology Live2004ever Tour was likewise a considerable commercial success, selling 1.47 million tickets and grossing $87.4 million across its 90 shows. Copies of the album were given to each attendee on to entry to the show. Performed in the round on an X-shaped stage it, like the album, was themed to evoke musicianship and the heyday of R&B, soul and funk.

The attendees were named by Prince his True Funk Soldiers, and families were encouraged to attend. But some shows had to be rescheduled due to the tragic death of drummer John Blackwell’s daughter. 2004 was a momentous year for Prince and so gave much publicity and prompted the extension of the Musicology 2004ever Tour: Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and was the opening act for the 2004 Grammy Awards ceremony, events that are largely attributed to regenerating Prince’s career.

Prince | Musicology Tour
Photography by Neil Lupin


John Blackwell
Rhythm Guitar
Mike Scott
Renato Neto
Chance Howard
Bass Guitar
Rhonda Smith
Greg Boyer
Alto Sax
Maceo Parker
Candy Dulfer
Mike Phillips

Total dates played

  • 89 shows from 27 March to 11 September, 2004

Sample setlist

  1. Musicology
  2. Let’s Go Crazy
  3. I Would Die 4 U
  4. When Doves Cry
  5. Baby I’m A Star
  6. Shhh
  7. D.M.S.R.
  8. I Feel 4 U
  9. Controversy
  10. God
  11. Little Red Corvette
  12. Cream
  13. Raspberry Beret
  14. 7
  15. Sign O’ The Times
  16. The Question Of U
  17. The One
  18. Call My Name
  19. Let’s Work
  20. U Got The Look
  21. Life O’ The Party
  22. Soul Man
  23. Kiss
  24. Take Me With U
  25. The Beautiful Ones
  26. Nothing Compares 2 U
  27. Purple Rain

Supporting album



Columbia Records

20 April 2004
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