BEHIND THE GROOVES: a music blog by Jeff Harris

On this day in music history: November 4, 1984 - Prince & The Revolution kick off the “Purple Rain Tour” at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, MI, playing the first of seven sold out nights at the venue. Supported on the tour by opening acts Sheila E. and Apollonia 6, the tour is a massive success and will play thirty three cities, performing a total of eighty seven shows to a combined audience of over 1.7 million people. Though the setlist for the show will remain largely consistent throughout the tour, Prince will also debut new songs during the shows such as “Raspberry Beret” and “America” (from the forthcoming “Around The World In A Day”), and “4 The Tears In Your Eyes” (released on the “We Are The World” benefit album in April 1985). The March 30, 1985 show at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY will be videotaped and released on home video as “Prince & The Revolution Live!” (nominated for a Grammy for Best Longform Video) later in the year. The tour will conclude on April 7, 1985 at the Orange Bowl (redubbed “The Purple Bowl” for that night’s performance) in Miami, FL.

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