A concert of epic and legendary proportions is coming our way with Prince’s 1985 concert stream to aid with Covid19 relief efforts.
The Prince Estate, in partnership with YouTube, will host a three-day streaming event of “Prince and the Revolution: Live,” the legendary concert filmed toward the end of the “Purple Rain” tour in Syracuse, NY on March 30, 1985.
The show will be available on Prince’s official YouTube Channel for three days only, beginning on Thursday, May 14 and continuing through 11:59pm on Sunday, May 17. In collaboration with YouTube and Google, the streaming event will run in support of the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization (powered by UN Foundation and Swiss Philanthropy Foundation). Any viewer donations will include a matching component from Google (Google.org will match $2 for every $1 up to $5M). Full details here.
The concert, which was originally released as a VHS video and was long out of print before being reissued as part of the “Purple Rain” deluxe edition in 2017, is loaded with hits like “Let’s Go Crazy,” “When Doves Cry,” “I Would Die 4 U,” “Purple Rain,” “1999” and “Little Red Corvette” as well as rarities like “Possessed” and “How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore.”
*This article first appeared in Variety by Jem Aswad