[Los Angeles]: Water Productions and Warner Brothers, 1984. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's illustrated stiff paper wraps.
Program from Prince’s epic 1984 world tour in support of his blockbuster film debut in Purple Rain and its soundtrack, which featured hit singles "When Doves Cry" and "Let's Go Crazy.” After the critical and commercial success of Prince's fifth studio album "1999" propelled the musical pioneer to worldwide acclaim, he approached his producer Robert Cavallo with an ultimatum—he would not renew his contract unless he was given the lead role in a studio film. The resulting film grossed over $72 million and, with the accompanying album, endures as one of the most successful feats in the Warner Brothers' history. The tour packed in over-the-top staging and special effects, was graced by cameo appearances by the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Madonna, and marked the formal live debut of Prince’s band, the Revolution. After the release of his first album, Prince formed a diverse multi-racial, multi-gendered back-up band (inspired by Sly Stone), which remained largely unnamed and underwent many line-up changes before finally receiving recognition on the Purple Rain soundtrack. At the time of the tour, The Revolution consisted of Prince, Wendy Melvoin, Brown Mark, Lisa Coleman, Matt "Doctor" Fink and Bobby Z., each of which are represented in this tour program with a portrait and personal note. Illustrated throughout with performance photos, portraits, and album reproductions by Nancy Bundt, Bruce Mosher, Jackie Sallow, Geoffrey Thomas, Larry Williams, and Bill Bernstein. Small stain from sticker removal to upper wrap, light soiling and rubbing. Near fine. Item #4410