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The Diamonds and Pearls Tour was a concert tour by American recording artist Prince and The New Power Generation promoting his Diamonds and Pearls album, released the previous year. The tour itinerary were scheduled dates in Asia, Europe, and for the first time, Australia.[1] Like several of his then-recent tours, Prince chose not to tour the United States, the exception being the Lovesexy Tour in 1988. It would be 1993's Act I Tour before Prince did a full tour of the United States.

Diamonds and Pearls Tour
Tour by Prince and The New Power Generation
Associated albumDiamonds and Pearls
Start dateApril 3, 1992
End dateJuly 12, 1992
Legs3
No. of shows4 in Asia
14 in Australia
32 in Europe
50 in total (60 scheduled)
Prince and The New Power Generation concert chronology

HistoryEdit

More extravagant than the previous year's Nude Tour, the Diamonds and Pearls Tour had more expensive set design, and additional band members. The setlist focused mainly on songs from the album, but was spattered with a number of greatest hits. Most songs were played in their entirety. Prince added a new horn section to the band and promoted a new hip hop image with raps by Tony M. The concerts were preceded with footage and teases from his forthcoming album, indicating that videos had already been shot and ready to be released.

Opening actEdit

BandEdit

After the departure of the remaining members of The Revolution after 1990's Nude Tour, Prince decided to officially dub this new band The New Power Generation. Most of the band transferred over from the Nude Tour. Levi Seacer Jr. was switched from bass to guitar to replace the departed Miko Weaver while Sonny T. took over for Levi on bass. Tommy Barbarella was brought in as a replacement for Doctor Fink on keyboards.

Prince added a new horn section to the band, dubbed the NPG Hornz who, while not being active on the Diamonds and Pearls album, would contribute greatly to Prince's albums for several years.

Dancers Diamond, Lori Elle, and Pearl, Robia LaMorte, served as spokespersons for Prince during the tour while also performing in the album's videos[2][circular reference][3][4] while Mayte, then-newest member of the NPG Band was a troupe dancer who was being promoted for his next project[5] that same summer of 1992.

Set listsEdit

Setlist of 24 April 1992, at the Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia[6]

  1. "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" (Introduction)
  2. "Thunder"
  3. "Daddy Pop"
  4. "Diamonds and Pearls"
  5. "Let's Go Crazy"
  6. "Kiss"
  7. "Jughead" (Includes "Dead on It" intro)
  8. "Purple Rain"
  9. "Live 4 Love"
  10. "Willing and Able" (Includes "Lively Up Yourself" intro)
  11. Interlude
  12. "Nothing Compares 2 U" (if not performed then "Damn U" was performed)
  13. "Sexy M.F."
  14. "Thieves in the Temple" (Includes snippets of "It")
  15. Medley
  16. "Insatiable"
  17. "Gett Off" (Includes snippets of "Gett Off (Houstyle)" and "The Flow")

Encore I

  1. "Cream" (Includes "La, La, La, He, He, Hee" interpolation)
  2. "Chain of Fools" (Vocals by Rosie Gaines)

Encore II

  1. Medley

Tour datesEdit

Date City Country Venue Capacity
Asia
April 3, 1992 Tokyo Japan Tokyo Dome 96,000/96,000
April 4, 1992
April 7, 1992 Nagoya Rainbow Hall 8,590/8,590
April 9, 1992 Yokohama Yokohama Arena 17,000/17,000
Australia
April 13, 1992 Brisbane Australia Brisbane Entertainment Centre 23,575/23,575
April 14, 1992
April 16, 1992 Melbourne Flinders Park Tennis Centre 70,915/70,915
April 18, 1992
April 19, 1992
April 21, 1992
April 22, 1992
April 24, 1992 Sydney Sydney Entertainment Centre 71.926/71,926
April 26, 1992
April 27, 1992
April 29, 1992
April 30, 1992
May 1, 1992
May 3, 1992 Sydney Cricket Ground 44,512/44,512
Europe
May 25, 1992 Ghent Belgium Flanders Expo 11,127/11,127
May 27, 1992 Rotterdam Netherlands Rotterdam Ahoy 53,177/53,177 [a]
May 28, 1992
May 30, 1992 Dortmund Germany Westfalenhallen 14,099/14,099
May 31, 1992 Berlin Waldbühne 22,100/22,100
June 2, 1992 Cologne Sporthalle 8,073/8,073
June 3, 1992 Frankfurt Festhalle Frankfurt 9,934/9,934
June 5, 1992 Munich Olympiahalle 12,760/12,760
June 6, 1992
June 8, 1992 Kiel Ostseehalle 10,232/10,232
June 9, 1992 Hamburg Alsterdorfer Sporthalle 13,093/13,093
June 10, 1992
June 13, 1992 Dublin Ireland Royal Dublin Showgrounds 30,344/30,344
June 15, 1992 London England Earls Court Exhibition Centre 131,168/131,168
June 16, 1992
June 17, 1992
June 19, 1992
June 20, 1992
June 21, 1992
June 23, 1992
June 24, 1992
June 26, 1992 Manchester Maine Road 39,113/39,113
June 28, 1992 Glasgow Scotland Celtic Park 33,114/33,114
July 1, 1992 Stuttgart Germany Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle 12,344/12,344
July 3, 1992 Trier Moselstadion 16,988/16,988
July 4, 1992 Maastricht Netherlands MECC 17,543/17,543
July 6, 1992 Rotterdam Rotterdam Ahoy [a]
July 7, 1992
July 8, 1992
July 10, 1992 Paris France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy 47,767/47,767
July 11, 1992
July 12, 1992
  1. ^ a b This box office score data is representative of all shows from May 27–28 & July 6–8

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