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The Nude Tour was a greatest-hits concert tour by American recording artist Prince. While the previous tour drew critical praise, the high cost of the concert tour production made it a financial disappointment; thus, Prince eliminated much of the excessiveness of the previous tour to be more financially viable. Like several of his then-recent tours, with the exception of Lovesexy, Prince chose not to tour in the United States. It would not be till 1993's Act I Tour that Prince did a full tour of the U.S.
|World tour by Prince|
|Start date||June 2, 1990|
|End date||September 10, 1990|
|No. of shows||51 in Europe |
5 in Asia
56 in total (63 scheduled)
|Prince concert chronology|
Unlike the previous year's Lovesexy Tour, the Nude Tour promised a stripped-down, back to basics concert that saw Prince eliminate many of the excessive and expensive set designs that were produced for the Sign ☮' the Times and Lovesexy tours, thus the "Nude" moniker. The setlist was reduced to a limited number of his hits from the 1980s with a few tracks from the Batman and then-forthcoming Graffiti Bridge albums, resulting in all the songs being played in their entirety and much shorter shows. In a move to promote a more youth-friendly image, as well as cut costs, Prince chose to eliminate the veteran horn section from the band.
- Jenny Morris
- Mavis Staples
- The Naked Mazurs
- Lois Lane
After the stability of the previous two tours with a virtually unchanged band line-up, several departures forced Prince to rearrange his touring band. The departing members were Boni Boyer, Cat Glover, Sheila E. and the horn section of Eric Leeds and Atlanta Bliss. The young Michael Bland was added on drums, Rosie Gaines took over on keyboards, organ and co-vocals, and a trio of dancers known as the Game Boyz rounded out the new band. With the exception of Fink and Miko, this was the make-up of the original New Power Generation line-up.
The addition of The Game Boyz caused much upheaval in the Prince camp. They first came to Prince's attention in 1983 during the filming of Purple Rain; Mosely, Johnson and Dickson can be seen dancing during various performances at the First Avenue club. The trio continued to associate with Prince over the years, dancing as a group in the music videos for "Glam Slam" and with the band Madhouse. Around the time of Graffiti Bridge, Prince recruited the trio for the film and his touring band.
Many[who?] questioned Prince's choice to begin courting the hip hop audience through the addition of The Game Boyz and the increased contribution of Mosely's rapping on future Prince tracks despite the belief that Mosely's rapping ability was sub par. Previously, Prince was negative towards rap music, dismissing it as a fad, as noted by the songs "Bob George" and "Dead on It" from The Black Album.
Furthermore, Rosie Gaines complained that she was being mistreated by the dance trio. Tension developed between Gaines and Prince, as instead of disciplining the dancers, he simply removed Gaines from the tour bus and placed her on Mavis Staples' tour bus.
After the tour, the last remaining members from The Revolution, guitarist Miko Weaver and keyboardist Doctor Fink, left the group. Miko's departure was especially dramatic. During pre-tour rehearsals, Prince had a number of conflicts with band members, but particularly with Miko. According to several members of the group, Prince felt threatened by Miko's popularity with the women. "Prince didn't like the fact that Miko was getting women as much as [Prince] was/On the road, Miko would have five or six women in his room, and some of them would want to go with Miko instead of Prince." The tension boiled over when Prince kept picking on Miko, telling him to turn his "fucking guitar down" and yelling at him. After back and forth arguing, Prince challenged him "to take this shit outside?" and further verbally abused him. Miko walked out and briefly quit over the incident, but later rejoined the band at the last minute for the tour.
Other official sources and tour personnel have also said that Prince sacked Miko Weaver because he caught him in bed with a Prince fan who was under the age of consent.
Mavis Staples went on tour as an opening act.
- "DAT Intro" (prerecorded samples of various hits)
- "The Future"
- "Housequake" (contains excerpts of "Sexy Dancer")
- "Kiss" (contains excerpts of "Let's Jam It")
- "Purple Rain"
- "Take Me with U"
- "Alphabet St." (contains excerpts of "It Takes Two" and "The Latest Fashion")
- "The Question of U" (contains excerpts of "Electric Man")
- "Ain't No Way"
- "Nothing Compares 2 U"
- "Partyman" (contains excerpts of "What Have You Done for Me Lately")
- "Baby I'm a Star" (contains excerpts of "Respect")
|June 2, 1990||Rotterdam||Netherlands||Stadion Feijenoord||80,920/91,200|
|June 3, 1990|
|June 5, 1990[a]||Copenhagen||Denmark||Gentofte Stadion||18,128/18,128|
|June 6, 1990||Kiel||Germany||Ostseehalle||11,500/11,500|
|June 7, 1990[b]||Hamburg||Alsterdorfer Sporthalle||14,000/14,000|
|June 9, 1990|
|June 10, 1990||Hanover||Niedersachsenstadion||37,000/37,000|
|June 12, 1990||Berlin||Waldbühne||22,560/23,000|
|June 13, 1990||Dortmund||Westfalenhallen||26,109/26,109 [c]|
|June 14, 1990||Munich||Olympiastadion||52,900/52,900|
|June 16, 1990[d]||Paris||France||Parc des Princes||45,677/45,677|
|June 17, 1990[e]||Lille||Escape Foire||27,122/27,122|
|June 19, 1990||London||United Kingdom||Wembley Arena||179,120/179,120[f]|
|June 20, 1990|
|June 22, 1990|
|June 23, 1990|
|June 25, 1990|
|June 26, 1990|
|June 27, 1990|
|June 29, 1990||Birmingham||National Exhibition Centre||52,000/52,000[g]|
|June 30, 1990|
|July 1, 1990|
|July 3, 1990||London||Wembley Arena||[f]|
|July 4, 1990|
|July 7, 1990[h]||Cork||Ireland||Páirc Uí Chaoimh||56,010/56,010|
|July 9, 1990||London||United Kingdom||Wembley Arena||[f]|
|July 10, 1990|
|July 11, 1990|
|July 13, 1990||Birmingham||National Exhibition Centre||[g]|
|July 15, 1990[i]||Basel||Switzerland||St. Jakob-Park||51,015/51,015|
|July 17, 1990[j]||Rome||Italy||Stadio Flaminio||34,760/34,760|
|July 18, 1990||Cava de' Tirreni||Stadio Simonetta Lamberti||29,980/30,006|
|July 22, 1990[k]||Madrid||Spain||Vicente Calderón Stadium||64,912/64,912|
|July 24, 1990||Valencia||Mestalla Stadium||48,127/48,127|
|July 25, 1990[l]||Barcelona||Estadi Olímpic de Montjuïc||49,455/49,455|
|July 27, 1990[m]||Marbella||Estadio Municipal de Marbella||29,765/29,765|
|July 29, 1990||A Coruña||Estadio Santa Maria del Mar||25,575/25,575|
|August 4, 1990[n]||Werchter||Belgium||Festival Terrein||22,980/22,980|
|August 5, 1990[o]||Heerenveen||Netherlands||Thialf||12,090/12,090|
|August 6, 1990[p]||Dortmund||Germany||Westfalenhallen||[c]|
|August 8, 1990[q]||Mannheim||Maimarkthalle||79000/79000|
|August 10, 1990[r]||Gothenburg||Sweden||Scandinavium||10,550/10,550|
|August 11, 1990[s]||Stockholm||Globe Arena||29,000/29,000|
|August 12, 1990[t]|
|August 16, 1990[u]||Lausanne||Switzerland||Stade olympique de la Pontaise||32,080/32,080|
|August 18, 1990[v]||Nice||France||Stade Charles-Ehrmann||30,500/30,500|
|August 20, 1990||London||United Kingdom||Wembley Arena||[f]|
|August 21, 1990[w]||Manchester||Maine Road||35,770/35,770|
|August 22, 1990||London||Wembley Arena||[f]|
|August 23, 1990|
|August 24, 1990|
|August 30, 1990||Tokyo||Japan||Tokyo Dome||90,550/90,550|
|August 31, 1990|
|September 2, 1990||Nishinomiya||Koshien Stadium||36,605/36,605|
|September 6, 1990||Sapporo||Makomanai Open Stadium||22,500/22,500|
|September 10, 1990||Yokohama||Yokohama Stadium||41,110/41,110|
|Total||1,208,605 / 1,219,351 (99.11%)|
|May 8, 1990||Helsinki||Finland||Helsinki Ice Hall|
|May 9, 1990|
|May 15, 1990||Oslo||Norway||Oslo Spektrum|
|May 22, 1990||Lyon||France||Stade de Gerland|
|May 23, 1990||Strasbourg||Stade de la Meinau|
|May 25, 1990||Vienna||Austria||Wiener Stadthalle|
|May 30, 1990||Rotterdam||Netherlands||Ahoy Rotterdam|
|July 28, 1990[x]||Würzburg||Germany||Talavera Wiesen|
|July 20, 1990[y]||Turin||Italy||Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino|
|July 30, 1990||Udine||Stadio Friuli|
|August 7, 1990[z]||Dortmund||Germany||Westfalenhallen|
|August 14, 1990[aa]||Oldenburg||Weser-Ems Halle|
|August 18, 1990||Nimes||France||Arena of Nimes|
- Originally scheduled for May 15.
- Originally scheduled to take place at Ostseehalle, Kiel, on May 17.
- This box office score data is representative of both shows on June 13 & August 6
- Originally set to take place at Palace of Versailles in Versailles, but was moved to Paris.
- Originally set to take place at Palace of Versailles in Versailles, but was moved to Paris then later moved to Lille.
- This box office score data is representative of all 16 shows at the Wembley Arena on June 19, 20, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, July 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 & August 20, 22, 23, 24.
- This box office score data is representative of all 4 shows at the NEC on June 29, 30, July 1 & 13
- Originally scheduled for July 6.
- Originally scheduled for May 27.
- Originally scheduled for July 19.
- Originally scheduled for July 24.
- Originally scheduled for July 26.
- Originally scheduled for July 22.
- Originally scheduled for June 12 at Forest National, Brussels.
- Originally scheduled for August 8.
- Originally scheduled for June 5, to make way for the Copenhagen concert.
- Originally scheduled for June 10.
- Originally scheduled for May 6, but was postponed due to Prince performing at a benefit concert in St. Paul, Minnesota.
- Originally scheduled for May 12.
- Originally scheduled for May 13.
- Originally scheduled for May 30, but was moved to make way for a show in Rotterdam, which was eventually cancelled.
- Originally scheduled for August 19, after it was moved from its original date of July 15.
- Originally scheduled for August 2.
- Originally scheduled for May 24.
- Originally scheduled for July 17.
- Originally set to take place at Müngersdorfer Stadion, Cologne, on June 9.
- Originally scheduled for May 31.
- Possessed: The Rise and Fall of Prince, Alex Hahn,
- Alex Hahn (2003). "Possessed: The Rise And Fall Of Prince". Billboard Books.
- Possessed: The Rise and Fall of Prince, Alex Hahn