Happy Birthday Prince!

Jun 07, 2018, 03:23 AM

JUNE 7, 1984

Prince celebrates his 26th birthday with a concert at First Avenue. Shelia E. had flown in from the West Coast along with Prince’s management team. The concert was recorded with a mobile truck. The 85-minute set kicked off with “17 Days”. It was followed by two new songs, “Our Destiny” and “Roadhouse Garden”. “We got some stuff you’ll recognize and some you won’t”, Prince stated before playing another new track “All Day, All Night”. Both “Our Destiny” and “Roadhouse Garden” remain unreleased although they were worked on later in 1984 by Lisa Coleman and Wendy Melvoin while “All Day All Night” turned up on Jill Jones 1987 album.

“Free” featured Prince alone at the piano accompanied only by Bobby Z’s drums. Prince dedicated “Noon Rendezvous” “to that little girl over there, that’s Shelia E”. Next came “Erotic City” and a drastically rearranged version of “Something In The Water Doesn’t Compute”. An extended take on “When Doves Cry” was followed by and audience-led rendition of “Happy Birthday”. The B-side “Irresistible Bitch” and the unreleased “Possessed” closed the show.