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The Ultimate Live Experience

The Ultimate Live Experience was a short European concert tour by American recording artist Prince promoting his then-unreleased The Gold Experience album. The concerts were notable for containing very little prior Prince material; only new material and cover songs were featured. Some exceptions were "7" and newer songs released on "Prince" projects such as The Hits/The B-Sides and Come. Also, the never-before performed B-side "I Love U in Me" was featured.[1]

The Ultimate Live Experience
European tour by Prince
Associated albumThe Gold Experience
Start dateMarch 3, 1995
End dateFebruary 19, 1996
Legs2
No. of shows32 (33 scheduled)
Prince concert chronology

An extension of the tour known as the Gold Tour was launched in 1996. The concerts featured mainly songs from the album, but also started adding prior Prince fan favorites.[2]

Contents

HistoryEdit

The Ultimate Live Experience was performed during a chaotic period in Prince's life and career. He had lots of new music written but then record company Warner Brothers refused to release it at the speed that Prince wished, leading to public feuding. Meanwhile, Prince had already released the album Come with no promotion and was trying to get The Gold Experience released as well. During this time, he made many configurations of the album and this tour presents songs that he likely planned for the album (though not all would make the cut), as well as very rarely played cuts from the Prince period, with the exception of "7".

While the previous year's Ultimate Live Experience tour presented Gold Experience prior to its release, the long overdue album had finally hit shelves in late 1995 and this tour was now a "proper" promotion. However, by this time, Prince had been playing some of the material for nearly two years and many of the songs were shortened to brief medleys. Conversely, Prince had formerly said he would not play "Prince" material anymore, but that idea was apparently tossed to the wind with this tour. Several fan-favorites such as "The Cross", "Do Me, Baby" and "Sexy MF" were regulars, along with the Gold material. Also, Prince started performing a cover of Joan Osborne's "One of Us", which he would include on his next album, Emancipation.

SetlistsEdit

Setlist of March 3, 1995, at the Wembley Arena, London, England[3]

  1. "Endorphinmachine"
  2. "The Jam" (Includes "The Exodus Has Begun" lyric interpolation)
  3. "Shhh"
  4. "Days of Wild" (Includes snippets of "Hair")
  5. "Now" (Includes snippets of "Babies Makin' Babies")
  6. "Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine"
  7. "Johnny"
  8. "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World"
  9. "P. Control"
  10. "Letitgo"
  11. "Pink Cashmere"
  12. "(Lemme See Your Body) Get Loose!" (Unreleased remix of "Loose!")
  13. "I Love U in Me"
  14. "Proud Mary" (Includes "I Can't Turn You Loose" interpolation)
  15. Oriental prelude
  16. "7"
  17. "Dolphin"

Encore

  1. "Get Wild"
  2. "Race"
  3. "Super Hero"
  4. Medley
    1. "Billy Jack Bitch"
    2. "Eye Hate U"
    3. "319"
  5. "Gold"

Tour datesEdit

Date City Country Venue
Europe
March 3, 1995 London England Wembley Arena
March 4, 1995
March 5, 1995
March 7, 1995
March 8, 1995
March 10, 1995 Manchester G-Mex Centre
March 11, 1995
March 13, 1995 Glasgow Scotland SECC
March 14, 1995
March 16, 1995 Sheffield England Sheffield Arena
March 17, 1995
March 18, 1995 Birmingham National Exhibition Centre
March 19, 1995
March 21, 1995 London Wembley Arena
March 22, 1995
March 24, 1995 Den Bosch Netherlands Brabanthallen
March 25, 1995
March 27, 1995 Ghent Belgium Flanders Expo
March 28, 1995 Brussels Forest National
March 29, 1995 Dublin Ireland Point Depot
March 30, 1995
Asia
January 8, 1996 Tokyo Japan Nippon Budokan
January 9, 1996
January 11, 1996 Osaka Osaka-jō Hall
January 13, 1996 Fukuoka Fukuoka Kokusai Center
January 16, 1996 Tokyo Nippon Budokan
January 17, 1996
January 20, 1996 Yokohama Yokohama Arena
North America
February 16, 1996 Honolulu United States Eurasia Club
February 17, 1996 Blaisdell Arena
February 18, 1996
February 19, 1996

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