The Parade Tour (also called the Under the Cherry Moon Tour) was a concert tour by American recording artist Prince in support of Prince and The Revolution's eighth studio album Parade and his 1986 film Under the Cherry Moon. The Hit n Run Tour was not a full scale American tour, but a string of concerts that was dubbed "Hit n Run" by Prince's manager. Most of those shows were announced days or hours before the actual concert took place. The Parade Tour marked the first full tour of Europe by Prince. It also saw the expanded Revolution line-up and featured Sheila E. and her band as an opening act for most shows.
|Tour by Prince and The Revolution|
|Associated album||Parade Around the World in a Day|
|Start date||March 3, 1986|
|End date||September 9, 1986|
|No. of shows||11 in North America |
15 in Europe
4 in Asia
30 total (32 scheduled)
|Prince and The Revolution concert chronology|
The American leg of the tour is called the Hit n Run Tour. The Parade Tour marked the only tour of the expanded Revolution as most of the members of the defunct The Family band were absorbed into Prince's band, dubbed by Eric Leeds as "The Counter-Revolution". The band's expansion became a source of tension, as some of the original members were unhappy with the new additions, especially of the non-instrument playing dancers, Wally Safford and Greg Brooks, with Brown Mark remarking "I was [put] behind the piano, next to Bobby Z [standing] behind three guys that used to be bodyguards. I started feeling a little underappreciated." Wendy was bothered that her twin sister Susannah was now in the band, saying "I shared a womb with this person, do I have to share a stage?" Furthermore, Brown Mark, Wendy and Lisa felt that Prince was turning the band into more of an R&B/funk and soul band, moving away from the pop/rock and classical music that Prince had moved toward with his last three albums.
Right before the Parade Tour was scheduled to start overseas, Brown Mark, Wendy and Lisa threatened to quit. In fact Bobby Z. literally caught Wendy and Lisa at the airport and begged them to stay for the tour. Eventually, all three were convinced to ride it out. But as the tour ended, it became clear that this would be the end of the group, and these were their final performances together. On the final night in Yokohama, Japan, Prince uncharacteristically smashed up all of his guitars after a final encore of "Purple Rain".
During the British tour Prince was joined on stage by Ronnie Wood on guitar and Sting on bass. They performed a cover version of The Rolling Stones track "Miss You"; after the performance Prince said "I wish I wrote that". Following the tour a bootleg was released via the official British fan club called Salvador Dalí EP which featured a recording of the performance of "Miss You".
Shortly after the Parade Tour in October 1986, The Revolution was disbanded, with Prince firing Wendy and Lisa, replacing Bobby Z. with Sheila E., and Brown Mark quitting.
- Prince: Lead vocals, guitar and Hammond organ
- Wendy Melvoin: Guitar
- Miko Weaver: Guitar
- Brown Mark: Bass
- Lisa Coleman: Keyboards
- Matt Fink: Keyboards
- Bobby Z: Drums
- Eric Leeds: Saxophone and flute
- Atlanta Bliss: Trumpet
- Susannah Melvoin: Backing vocals
- Jerome Benton, Wally Safford and Greg Brooks (known as The Bodyguards): Dancers and vocals
Typical set listEdit
Also "Mutiny", "It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night", "Do U Lie?", "Condition of the Heart", "The Ladder", "♥ or $" and "America" would be played on some shows.
The Paris performance of "It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night" was recorded and overdubbed before being released on the Sign ☮' the Times album.
|North America (Hit n Run)|
|March 3, 1986||Minneapolis||United States||First Avenue|
|April 3, 1986||Boston||Metro|
|May 23, 1986||San Francisco||Warfield Theatre|
|May 30, 1986||Los Angeles||Wiltern Theatre|
|June 6, 1986||Detroit||Masonic Temple Auditorium|
|June 7, 1986||Cobo Arena|
|June 10, 1986||Louisville||Freedom Hall|
|July 1, 1986||Sheridan||Sheridan Convention Center|
|July 3, 1986||Denver||McNichols Arena|
|August 2, 1986||New York City||Madison Square Garden|
|August 3, 1986|
|August 12, 1986||London||England||Wembley Arena|
|August 13, 1986|
|August 14, 1986|
|August 17, 1986||Rotterdam||Netherlands||Rotterdam Ahoy Sportpaleis|
|August 18, 1986|
|August 19, 1986|
|August 21, 1986||Copenhagen||Denmark||Valby-Hallen|
|August 22, 1986||Stockholm||Sweden||Isstadion|
|Amsterdam||Netherlands||Jaap Eden Hall|
|August 25, 1986||Paris||France||Le Zénith|
|August 26, 1986||Frankfurt||West Germany||Eissporthalle Frankfurt|
|August 27, 1986||Brussels||Belgium||Forest National|
|August 28, 1986||Frankfurt||West Germany||Eissporthalle Frankfurt|
|August 29, 1986||Essen||Grugahalle|
|August 30, 1986||Hamburg||Alsterdorfer Sporthalle|
|August 31, 1986|
|September 5, 1986||Osaka||Japan||Osaka-jō Hall|
|September 6, 1986|
|September 8, 1986||Yokohama||Yokohama Stadium|
|September 9, 1986|
- The Detroit show on June 6, at Masonic Temple Auditorium was professionally recorded but never released, with the performance of "Anotherloverholenyohead" used as a promo video for the song, played on MTV.
- It is assumed that the Chernobyl disaster may have impacted the European leg of the tour. The Radiation released when the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded spread an enormous amount of Effects of the Chernobyl disaster throughout the entire European continent.
- goldiesparade - Parade Tour / Hit N Run Tour 1986
- Madhouse Music - Under the Cherry Moon tour '86 poster
- Jason Draper (2008). "Prince: Life & Times". Jawbone Press.
- Nilsen, Per (2004). Dance Music Sex Romance: Prince: The First Decade. London: SAF Publishing Ltd. p. 339. ISBN 0-946719-64-0.
- YouTube - Electrifying Mojo ~ the Purple interview part 1
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