Prince - The Lovesexy Tour (1988) (Pt. 1)

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The Lovesexy Tour was a tour by American recording artist-musician Prince in 1988-1989 in support of his platinum album, Lovesexy. The tour was his last outing in the 1980s.

Although the tour was a huge success in terms of reviews and audience numbers (most shows were sellouts), it lost money due to the high production costs incurred with transportation, only breaking even by its final leg in Japan in early 1989. Prince used a number of elaborate props on the moving, multi-tiered stage such as a basketball hoop, a fountain, trellis fences and a full-scale replica of his Ford Thunderbird automobile.

The two-hour show included most songs from the Lovesexy album, alongside well-known hits and rarer material. In usual Prince fashion, many shows saw the premiere of entirely new songs, particularly "Blues in C (If I Had a Harem)".

Thematically, the show was divided into two very distinct main acts with the themes of light and dark. Act One, which ran for an hour, consisted mainly of older material from Prince's earlier albums, often strung together into medley form to ease time constraints. The show often began with "Escape" before segueing into "Erotic City" and concluded with "Anna Stesia". Act Two consisted largely of songs from Lovesexy, plus classic hits like "Kiss" and towards the end of the concert, "Let's Go Crazy", "Purple Rain", and "1999". The highlight of many shows was the piano medley in the second act, often featuring "When 2 R in Love", "Venus de Milo", "Starfish and Coffee", "Raspberry Beret", and "Condition of the Heart".
The band[edit]
Prince – vocals, piano, guitar, whatever
Miko Weaver – guitar and vocals
Levi Seacer, Jr. – bass guitar and vocals
Doctor Fink – keyboards and vocals
Boni Boyer – keyboards, organ and vocals
Sheila E. – drums, percussion and vocals
Eric Leeds – saxophone
Atlanta Bliss – trumpet
Cat – dance arrangements and vocals

This post-Revolution line-up was the same that had supported the Sign ?' the Times Tour. At the conclusion of the tour, the band was rearranged with the departures of Boni Boyer and Cat, along with Sheila E. New drummer Michael Bland was hired from Dr. Mambo's Combo from Minneapolis, Rosie Gaines took over keyboards and backup vocal duties, and a trio of dancers known as the Game Boyz were added. The horn section was dropped altogether.

Susannah Melvoin, Wendy and Lisa, George Clinton, Mavis Staples, Jill Jones, Tony Le Mans, Tony! Toni! Toné! were guest performers at the Bloomington concerts.


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