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Prince Estate hosting online watch party for 1985 ‘Purple Rain’-era concert film this week

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The Prince Estate/RhinoThe Prince Estate will host a special three-day livestream event beginning this Thursday, May 14, that will include the screening of Prince and the Revolution: Live, a concert film capturing a March 1985 performance at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York.

The show took place during Prince and his band The Revolution‘s Purple Rain Tour, and was the first live concert footage the iconic entertainer officially released for television broadcast and on home video.

The streaming event, which will be viewable on Prince’s YouTube channel, will kick off at 5 p.m. ET Thursday with a pre-show Q&A session featuring Revolution drummer Bobby Z. The watch party for Prince and the Revolution: Live will then begin at 6 p.m. ET and will be viewable on YouTube until 12:59 a.m. ET on Monday, May 18.

The event is being presented in celebration of the audio release this Friday, May 15, of Prince and the Revolution: Live digitally and via streaming services. In conjunction with the watch party, viewers are being asked to donate to the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. For every dollar donated by viewers, Google.org will match $2 up to $5 million.

The March 1985 concert in Syracuse featured performances of such smash hits from the Purple Rain album as “Let’s Go Crazy,” “When Doves Cry,” “I Would Die 4 U” and “Purple Rain,” as well as such other Prince favorites as “1999” and “Little Red Corvette.” Prince and the band were joined at the show by a number of surprise guests.

Prince and the Revolution: Live originally was released in 1985 on VHS and LaserDisc. A DVD of the performance was included in 2017 deluxe reissue of Purple Rain.

Here is Prince and the Revolution: Live‘s full track list:

“Let’s Go Crazy”
“Delirious”
“1999”
“Little Red Corvette”
“Take Me with U”
“Yankee Doodle Dandy”
“Do Me Baby”
“Irresistible Bitch”
“Possessed”
“How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore”
“Let’s Pretend We’re Married”
“International Lover”
“God”
“Computer Blue”
“Darling Nikki”
“The Beautiful Ones”
“When Doves Cry”
“I Would Die 4 U”
“Baby I’m a Star”
“Purple Rain”

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