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Nude Tour

1990

Prince took away all doubts concerning his place in the forefront of pop music in the 90’s.

The Nude Tour was largely a ‘greatest hits’ tour despite it straddling two album releases, Prince performed only few songs from either and only then in its later shows. Mavis Staples was the opening act.

It was called the Nude Tour due to its stripped back production – to curb the excessive cost of the previous Lovesexy and Sign O’ The Times tours, and the setlist too focused on the popular and livelier songs from his back catalogue to appeal to a younger audience.

And like his three previous tours, the Nude Tour did also visit the USA, but instead became Prince’s most extensive visit to Europe – playing 50 dates there (of which 15 were played at London’s Wembley Arena). With the exception of Miko Weaver all the members of the band would in the wake of the tour form the New Power Generation. The tour proved a great success, selling 1 million tickets, but perhaps more crucially rekindled Prince’s love for working with a live band, since his two previous projects, Batman and Graffiti Bridge were solo affairs. Soon after the tour he formed the New Power Generation, his first recording band since the Revolution.

Matt Fink, Prince’s longest serving band member quit the band following the tour. Miko Weaver was fired. They were the last remnants of the Revolution, and prompted Prince to completely reconfigure his band for his next project.

Prince | Nude Tour
Photography by Michael Kupferschmidt

Performers

Vocals/Guitar
Prince
Drums
Michael Bland
Guitar
Miko Weaver
Keyboards
Matt "Dr" Fink
Bass Guitar
Levi Seacer Jr.
Vocals
Rosie Gaines
Tony Mosley
Kirky Johnson
Damon Dickson

Total dates played

  • 56 shows from 2 June to 10 September, 1990

Sample setlist

  1. The Future
  2. 1999
  3. Housequake
  4. Sexy Dancer
  5. Kiss
  6. I’m In The Mood
  7. Purple Rain
  8. Take Me With U
  9. Alphabet St.
  10. It Takes Two
  11. The Latest Fashion
  12. The Question Of U
  13. Electric Man
  14. Do Me, Baby
  15. D.M.S.R.
  16. Controversy
  17. Ain’t No Way
  18. Nothing Compares 2 U
  19. Batdance
  20. Partyman
  21. Baby I’m A Star
  22. We Can Funk

Supporting albums

Batman

Batman

Warner Bros. Records

Released
19 June 1989
US Chart Peak
1
UK Chart Peak
1
Graffiti Bridge

Graffiti Bridge

Warner Bros. Records

Released
20 August 1990
US Chart Peak
6
UK Chart Peak
1

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