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Thursday, April 21, 2016

That Time Prince Played a Concert at Gallaudet

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While glancing at Facebook tonight I spotted a post (here's a 2nd one) from the Gallaudet University Library Deaf Collections & Archive featuring photos from a concert Prince played at Gallaudet (800 Florida Ave) back in 1984. Prince was 26 years old at the time, and (as explained in this not so politically correct article from the Washington Post) asked to present the private concert for approximately 1,900 students of the University, as well as about 600 local public school students. The author says Prince steered clear of his more erotically charged works, but performed more than a dozen songs, including 1999, Little Red Corvette, When Doves Cry, and Purple Rain. The concert was kept secret until the last minute to prevent outside fans from sneaking in to watch. In the photo above Prince is seen signing "I Love You" back to the audience during the concert.



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Further coverage:

Meet the hippie and the beatnik who orchestrated D.C. aural history (WaPo, 12/31/2015)

4 comments:

Ann said...

Very cool - thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Wow. I did not know that.

Unknown said...

YES he love his audience gave all to us 💜👍

Will L said...

YES he love his audience gave all to us 💜👍