What is a tour ?
A tour is a series of six or more pre-announced concerts performed within a fairly limited period of time from one another, in at least four different venues/locations sharing the same theme, concept, basic setlist etcetera. Residencies (series of shows performed at one location) don;t qualify as a 'tour' per definition, but are also regarded tours for the purpose of this listing.
Three kinds of tours and residencies are taken in account:
- Headlining: Prince and his band are the main feature of the tour (or residency).
- Support act: Prince and his band perform a support set on a tour with someone else headlining.
- Band member: Prince (with or without his band) is backing another (associated) act on tour.
The below section is a chronology of Prince's tours over the past decades. One off gigs, promotional shows, showcases, public rehearsals, benefits, private concerts, etcetera are not attributed in this section as they don't fit the rules to be considered for inclusion.
Aftershows and one off shows may have been performed during a tour, but fall out of the realm of being a show on the tour as they don't have the same stage set up, set list and are not a planned well in advance, with tickets on sale weeks or months ahead.
Disregarded as full-scaled tours are also the mini tours, such as the European mini Tour of 1981 (three dates) and the South-American mini tour of 1991 (also three dates). As well as the 'Welcome 2 Chicago' residency in 2012 (again only three shows). The 1986 so called 'Hit & Run' shows in the USA also fall outside the scope of what is regarded a tour as the dates were too far apart from one another (Nine shows over a period of exactly three months). Details about all these so called one-off shows can be found in the One-Off Appearances page.
For a complete scope of all performances made by Prince over the past decades, visit the All Concerts page.
|▪ 1979 - 1980||Prince Tour||Headlining||USA|
|▪ 1980||Rick James Tour '80||Support act||USA|
|▪ 1980 - 1981||Dirty Mind Tour||Headlining||USA|
|▪ 1981 - 1982||Controversy Tour||Headlining||USA|
|▪ 1982 - 1983||1999 Tour||Headlining||USA|
|▪ 1984 - 1985||Purple Rain Tour||Headlining||USA, Canada|
|▪ 1986||Parade Tour||Headlining||Europe, Japan|
|▪ 1987||Sign O' The Times Tour||Headlining||Europe|
|▪ 1988 - 1989||Lovesexy Tour||Headlining||Europe, USA, Japan|
|▪ 1990||Nude Tour||Headlining||Europe, Japan|
|▪ 1992||Diamonds And Pearls Tour||Headlining||Japan, Australia, Europe|
|▪ 1993||Act I||Headlining||USA, Canada|
|▪ 1993||Act II||Headlining||Europe|
|▪ 1995||The Ultimate Live Experience||Headlining||Europe|
|▪ 1996||Japan '96||Headlining||Japan|
|▪ 1997||Love 4 One Another Charities Tour||Headlining||USA, Canada|
|▪ 1997 - 1998||Jam Of The Year World Tour||Headlining||USA, Canada|
|▪ 1998||New Power Soul Tour||Headlining||USA, Europe|
|▪ 1998||New Power Soul Festival Tour||Headlining||USA, Europe|
|▪ 2000 - 2001||Hit N Run Tour||Headlining||USA|
|▪ 2001||A Celebration||Headlining||USA|
|▪ 2002||One Nite Alone... Tour||Headlining||USA, Canada, Europe, Japan|
|▪ 2003||World Tour 2003||Headlining||Hong Kong, Australia, USA|
|▪ 2004||Musicology Live 2004ever||Headlining||USA, Canada|
|▪ 2006||Támar Tour||Band member||USA|
|▪ 2006 - 2007||Per4ming Live 3121||Headlining||USA|
|▪ 2007||21 Nights In London : The Earth Tour||Headlining||UK|
|▪ 2010||Prince 20TEN Tour||Headlining||Europe|
|▪ 2010||Prince Live 2010||Headlining||Europe|
|▪ 2010 - 2011||Welcome 2 America Tour||Headlining||USA|
|▪ 2011||Welcome 2 America: Euro Tour 2011||Headlining||Europe|
|▪ 2011||Welcome 2 Canada Tour||Headlining||Canada|
|▪ 2012||Welcome 2 Australia Tour||Headlining||Australia|
|▪ 2013||Live Out Loud Tour||Headlining||Canada, USA|
|▪ 2014||Hit And Run Part II||Headlining||Europe|
|▪ 2015||Hit 'N' Run Tour 2015||Headlining||USA|
|▪ 2016||Prince: Piano & A Microphone 2016||Headlining||Australia, New-Zealand, USA, Canada|
- An overview of the respective tour maps can be found here.