Prince, wearing purple pajamas, performs first-ever solo gigs

Intimate concerts took place at his Paisley Park estate


    Last night, for the first time in his forty year career, Prince performed a solo concert. And then he did it again. The Purple One held the first two shows off his Piano & A Microphone residency at his Paisley Park estate, and by all accounts it was what you would expect from an intimate evening at Prince’s house: candles, silk pajamas, and a very sultry soundtrack.

    According to Rolling Stone, Prince performed in purple pajamas amid the glow of candles and smoke machine-generated fog. His setlists touched on all eras of his career, ordered somewhat chronically, and included at least one song from each of his first 10 albums. He kicked off his first show with his theme for Batman, and also covered Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You” and Ray Charles’ “Unchain My Heart”.

    Throughout the two shows, Prince shared vary anecdotes from different points of his life. He recounted his early desires to follow the lead of his father and play piano, and how he almost flunked an audition to be keyboardist for eventual Revolution member Lisa Coleman.


    You can read a full account of last night’s performances at the Star Tribune, and see the two setlists below. There’s also a photo of what the stage looked like prior to Prince taking the stage.

    Prince show

    Early Show Setlist:
    Who’s loving you
    I Wanna Be Your Lover
    Dirty Mind
    Do Me Baby
    Something In the Water
    A Case Of You (Joni Mitchell cover)
    Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child (Paul Robeson cover)
    The Beautiful Ones
    U’re Gonna C Me
    How Come Your Don’t Call Me
    Condition Of The Heart
    Venus de Milo
    Raspberry Beret
    Paisley Park
    Sometimes It Snows in April
    Eye Love U But I Don’t Trust You Anymore
    The Ballad of Dorothy Parker
    Unchain My Heart (Ray Charles cover)
    Rock and Roll Love Affair
    Starfish and Coffee
    The Breakdown
    Anna Stesia

    Late Show Setlist:
    The Love We Make
    Look at Me, Look at U
    1000 X’s and O’s
    Call My Name
    Purple Rain
    The Dance
    Te Amo Corazon / A Million Days
    Nothing Compares 2 U
    How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore?
    The Ladder
    I Wanna Be Your Lover
    Raspberry Beret
    Starfish and Coffee
    Sometimes it Snows in April
    Dear Mr. Man
    A Case of You (Joni Mitchell cover)
    Black Sweat
    Free Urself