The Prince Estate, in partnership with YouTube, will host a three-day streaming event of Prince and the Revolution: Live, a historic concert captured at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY on March 30, 1985. Prince and the Revolution: Live showcases Prince and his iconic band at the peak of their Purple Rain Tour, and was the first live concert footage that Prince officially released as both a television broadcast and home video.
Performing in lock-step with his incredible, tightly rehearsed band—which featured Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman, Dr. Fink, Mark Brown, Eric Leeds, and Bobby Z., along with a cast of special guests—the live concert in Syracuse included Purple Rain hits like “Let’s Go Crazy,” “When Doves Cry,” “I Would Die 4 U” and “Purple Rain” in addition to other early-career favorites like “1999,” “Little Red Corvette,” and “How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore.” (Full tracklist below.)
To celebrate the streaming release of Prince and the Revolution: Live, The Prince Estate and YouTube will host a watch party on Thursday, May 14, at 7 p.m. CDT. An hour before the watch party, at 6 p.m. CDT, fans will have the opportunity to participate in a special pre-stream Q&A with Revolution drummer Bobby Z., moderated by Andrea Swensson of Minnesota Public Radio’s 89.3 The Current.
Prince and the Revolution: Live will be available on Prince’s official YouTube Channel for three days only (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.
WATCH THE PRE-SHOW HERE from 6pm CDT, May 14, 2020
WATCH THE CONCERT HERE from 7pm CDT, May 14, 2020
The concert was originally released in 1985 on VHS and LaserDisc, followed by a DVD release included with the 2017 Purple Rain Remastered & Deluxe Edition. The audio from the concert has been remastered by longtime Prince mastering engineer Bernie Grundman, and will be available officially in digital format for the first time across all streaming and download partners on Friday, 15 May.