This Week In Music - Prince 1980 (VIDEO)

December 1, 2017

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I'm from Prince's hometown of Minneapolis, MN.  When he started hitting big we would go by the house he grew up in and just stand there in awe.  He was an incredible talent!  He put the venue 'First Avenue' on the map when he recorded scenes for his hugely successful movie 'Purple Rain' there.  If there was one thing you always knew with Prince, it's that he'd be wearing high-heeled boots, tight pants and probably a long trench coat, right? 

Well, did you ever wonder how that came about? 

It was this week in 1980 when he played the first night on his 31 date Dirty Mind North American tour at Shea’s in Buffalo, New York. After being told by his managers he couldn't wear spandex pants without any underwear, Prince began performing in a long trench coat, black high heeled boots and leggings, and bikini brief trunks. 

I guess it worked for him becuase that's basically how he dressed for the rest of his career!

Here's 'Let's Go Crazy' from the Purple Rain movie: