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Prince Tour

1979/80

I find it extremely hard to perform for people.

Lasting on average of 40 minutes and initially as a headlining club act, the later shows on the Prince Tour saw Prince as the ‘special guest star’ for Rick James’ Fire It Up Tour. Prince’s part of the act would steal the limelight from James and the encounter was referred to in the press as the ‘battle of funk’. James would dismiss Prince’s music: “I can’t believe people are gullible enough to buy Prince’s jive records.” It was at a party during the tour model Denise “Vanity” Matthews who was at the time was James’ girlfriend, but by the end of that evening she was Prince’s. Following the Prince Tour band member Gayle Chapman would leave Prince due to her moral conflicts having to sing the androgynously themed and newly written, Head. She would be replaced by Gary Coleman.

Performers

Vocals/Guitar
Prince
Drums
Bobby Z.
Guitar
Dez Dickerson
Keyboards
Matt Fink
Gayle Chapman
Bass Guitar
André Cymone

Total dates played

  • 14 shows from 26 November 1979 to 17 February 1980
  • 42 shows as support act for Rick James ‘Fire It Up Tour’, from 22 February to 3 May, 1980

Sample setlist

  1. Soft And Wet
  2. Why U Wanna Treat Me So Bad?
  3. Still Waiting
  4. I Feel 4 U
  5. Sexy Dancer
  6. Just As Long As We’re Together
  7. I Wanna Be Your Lover

Supporting album

Prince

Prince

Warner Bros. Records

Released
19 October 1979
US Chart Peak
22
UK Chart Peak
-

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