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Sign O’ The Times Tour


It ain’t about the money, we just wanna play.

The Sign O’ The Times Tour was Prince’s first tour since disbanding the Revolution, it was rehearsed at his third and final rented warehouse, sited on Washington Avenue in Edina, Minnesota. The tour’s first show began just eight months after the closing of the Revolution’s final performance. Following in the vein of the preceding tour, 1986’s Parade Tour and due to the reception of that tour there, Prince would play the Sign O The Times Tour only within Europe. It was attended by 350,000 over its 34 shows, Prince felt he did not want to continue the tour to the US in part due to wanting to return to the studio, his newly completed Paisley Park complex, to record his next project. The neon lit stage set drew its inspiration from the theatrical production of Guys And Dolls. His ensemble group Madhouse was the opening act.

Prince wanted to focus the Sign O’ The Times Tour on Europe where his recent albums had sold better. It would inadvertently miss the UK as its two shows planned at Wembley Stadium (25th and 26th June, 1987) had to be cancelled due to poor weather and with no suitable alternative indoor venue available the tour continued in continental Europe. Instead he added extra date in the Netherlands but the weather continued to plague much of the European leg. This inspired Prince to have the shows preserved in film and be a means for the American and British audiences whom were denied seeing the shows in person to watch the show. The resulting Sign O’ The Times movie was released with footage taken from the three performances at Rotterdam’s Sportpaleis Ahoy, interspersed with re-recordings and extra scenes staged and shot – as the first project at the newly constructed Paisley Park Studios.

Sign O' The Times Tour | Prince
Photography by Olivier Boitet


Shelia E.
Miko Weaver
Matt Fink
Boni Boyer
Bass Guitar
Levi Seacer Jr.
Cat Glover
Eric Leeds
Greg Brooks
Matthew Blistan ("Atlanta Bliss")
Wally Salford

Total dates played

Sample setlist

  1. Sign O’ The Times
  2. Play In The Sunshine
  3. Little Red Corvette
  4. Housequake
  5. Girls & Boys
  6. Slow Love
  7. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man
  8. Hot Thing
  9. Now’s The Time
  10. If I Was Your Girlfriend
  11. Let’s Go Crazy
  12. When Doves Cry
  13. Purple Rain
  14. 1999
  15. Forever In My Life
  16. It
  17. Kiss
  18. The Cross
  19. It’s Gonna Be A Beautiful Night

Supporting album

Sign O’ The Times

Sign O’ The Times

Warner Bros. Records

30 March 1987
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