Video: America

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1985: Paisley Park Music Videos
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1986: Kiss

America music video selected snapshots

Music Video details

First aired: 1986 (?)
Producer(s): Prince
Director: Prince (assumed)
Related home video/DVD: none
First (Commercially) Released: n/a (never released commercially)


Date Institution, Country Award
This music video has not received any awards in the USA

America is the twentieth Prince video to have been released for broadcast; it is the fourth live recording used for a Prince video, but the first live performance video shot at a show staged especially for the video.

On a day off of filming Under The Cherry Moon Prince hired off the Théâtre de Verdure in Nice, France and had it announced on local radio that 2,000 free tickets would be available for the shoot.

Members of The Revolution, including Eric Leeds who was a Revolution regular by now, augmented by Eddie M. from Sheila E.’s band, were flown in for the shoot. The performance shows Prince wearing black pants with white buttons down the legs and a long overcoat. On his head he wears a red bandanna. By the end of the video Prince takes this coat of and is shown to be bare-chested.

From the outset Prince is playing the blue floral airbrushed Fender Telecaster guitar. Prince leads the band through the song as he would normally do with a live performance. By the end of the song he takes over the drums from Bobby Z..

The music of the video is that of the actual live performance, rather than overdubbed with a studio recording of the song. The only graphic element of the song is a forerunner of the Prince symbol, the amalgam of the male and female symbol, projected diagonally reading 'peace' underneath that is projected on screen with Prince cueing 'Peace' for he song to begin.

Shooting Information
Shooting Sessions
Date Location Additional info
27 October 1985 Théâtre de Verdure, Nice, France live performance
  • More information needed

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
America 9:56 Prince streaming video platforms (2017)

Released for sale as separate track on iTunes (2017)

full length version
Broadcasts/streaming (only)
Title Length Released Version Additional info
America 9:56 NPG Music Club 2005 (streaming video)
full length version
America 4:50 promo only edit, uncredited as such

Additional Information

See Also Quotation & triva

America single.jpg

  • Two takes of America were shot that day as well as a rendition of Paisley Park that remains unreleased.
  • The performance of America was the first song of a mini concert. See here for details.
  • An interview with Prince, surrounded by some of the audience from the video shoot as well as Emmanuelle Sallet from Under The Cherry Moon cast was also recorded on this day.
  • The shooting was announced on local radio "Radio de la Côte", and a contest was organized for locals to win invitations for the shooting.
  • Invitation for the shooting:


Paisley Park
Music Videos (Prince) Music Videos (Related Artists) 1986