Video: I Would Die 4 U

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1984: Purple Rain Music Videos
Music Videos
(Related Artists)
1984: Baby I’m A Star
I Would Die 4 U

I Would Die 4 U music video selected snapshots

Music Video details

First aired: Late 1984
Producer(s): Information needed
Director: Paul Becher
Related home video/DVD: Purple Rain (DVD release - 20th Anniversary Collector Edition)
First (Commercially) Released: 24 August 2004


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

I Would Die 4 U is a Prince and the Revolution video released for broadcast and to promote the single.

This video is the first live recording used to promote a single. Although the single and album versions of I Would Die 4 U were also a (albeit overdubbed in studio) live performance of the song, the live footage was shot during the 20 November 1984 concert at Capital Centre, Landover, Maryland (some channels also used footage from the film). There have been no audio-only releases of this performance. The maxi-single contained a rehearsal take of the song.

The video was included on The Hits Collection in 1993.

While the first three commercial videos to promote singles issued from the Purple Rain album contained footage from the film (When Doves Cry, Let's Go Crazy and Purple Rain), the two following videos (I Would Die 4 U and Take Me With U) were live performances and can be also seen as promotional tools for the Purple Rain Tour.

The video for Baby I’m A Star is from the same Landover show.

Shooting Information
Shooting Sessions
Date Location Additional info
20 November 1984 Capital Centre, Landover, MD, USA Live performance

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
I Would Die 4 U 4:41 The Story So Far... (1986)

The Hits Collection (1993)
Purple Rain (2004 DVD release)
Prince streaming video platforms (2017)
Released for sale as separate track on iTunes (2017)

Additional Information

See Also Quotation & triva

  • The release on the Purple Rain (SE DVD) is in conjunction with Baby I’m A Star, they were originally taped at the same concert in continuous segue, but later edited for this video.
  • Footage of I Would Die 4 U was later included in the Purple Medley video.


Purple Rain
Music Videos (Prince) Music Videos (Related Artists) 1984
Baby I’m A Star