Prince Live in Concert Dirty Mind Tour March 22, 1981 @ The Ritz New York, NY

Thanks to soulhead Kasmore Rhedrick for the tip on this incredible concert recording from our favorite artist, Prince.  Complete with the original lineup that changed the landscape of modern music, this footage sheds serious light on the early years of an emerging musical genius.

Given Prince’s recent “greatest hits” tour format, it is really refreshing to see him perform many songs we will likely never see him perform again, the album cuts.   This show also features a very rare unreleased song, Broken, which until now, remained elusive and a B-side Gotta Stop (Messin’ About), which you will certainly never hear Prince perform onstage again.  Shot from the crowd at the Ritz on the first day of Spring in 1981, the video and audio are surprisingly clear and make you feel like you were there.  Enjoy.

Artist: Prince
Tour: Dirty Mind Tour
Location: The Ritz, New York, NY
Date:  March 21, 1981
Prince: Lead Vocals and Guitar
Dez Dickerson: Guitar
André Cymone: Bass
Matt Fink: Keyboards
Lisa Coleman: Keyboards and Piano
Bobby Z.: Drums

1) Do It All Night
2) Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad
3) Gotta Broken Heart Again
4) Broken
5) When You Were Mine
6) Gotta Stop (Messin’ About)
7) Sexy Dancer
8) Sister
9) I Wanna Be Your Lover
10) Still Waiting

More about the tour from Wikipedia:

The Dirty Mind Tour was the second concert tour by Prince, and supported his third album Dirty Mind. The tour lasted from late December 1980 through April 1981.

The tour focused on material from Prince’s second and third albums, and marks the debut of Lisa Coleman on keyboards, replacing Gayle Chapman who left following the previous tour. Prince had begun playing “Head” during the Prince Tour which ultimately caused her to leave the band as she felt the songs lyrics and on stage antics conflicted with her religious beliefs. After the tour, the band would be further depleted by the departure of bassist André Cymone. Cymone would leave over a number of grievances with Prince — a number of which were that his contributions to Prince’s music went uncredited, his lack of input in the studio, and most of all he was ready to start his own career- but some feel that his bitter feelings toward Prince stem from he believing he should have been treated better considering how his family offered Prince a home after he left his father’s house. Cymone would later claim that Prince stole many of his ideas that were used for The Time and that he created the bassline for Controversy’s “Do Me, Baby”.

Additionally, with this tour Prince updated his look. After being told by his managers he couldn’t wear spandex pants without any underwear, Prince began performing in a long trench coat, black high heeled boots and leggings, and just bikini brief trunks.

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