The Ultimate Live Experience
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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.
|European tour by Prince|
|Associated album||The Gold Experience|
|Start date||March 3, 1995|
|End date||February 19, 1996|
|No. of shows||32 (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.
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.
- "The Jam" (Includes "The Exodus Has Begun" lyric interpolation)
- "Days of Wild" (Includes snippets of "Hair")
- "Now" (Includes snippets of "Babies Makin' Babies")
- "Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine"
- "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World"
- "P. Control"
- "Pink Cashmere"
- "(Lemme See Your Body) Get Loose!" (Unreleased remix of "Loose!")
- "I Love U in Me"
- "Proud Mary" (Includes "I Can't Turn You Loose" interpolation)
- Oriental prelude
|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|
|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|
|February 16, 1996||Honolulu||United States||Eurasia Club|
|February 17, 1996||Blaisdell Arena|
|February 18, 1996|
|February 19, 1996|