The very first time the crowd at First Avenue heard the now iconic slow-burning ballad “Purple Rain” from that creaking, sweat-soaked stage, they knew something special was happening.
Except for the lucky people who witnessed that performance in 1983, that moment has been largely undocumented, but lucky for you, one patron of the purple pioneer has let loose a very rare clip of that historic moment, in all of its gritty, dimly-lit glory. It’s this recording from this night that was used as the bones for the album version we all now cherish. And it’s this performance that introduced First Avenue to the band that would go on to become The Revolution and tour with The Kid for the three following years. So go and get to it while you can, you know how these things typically work out. Meaning, it won’t be up for long. WATCH HERE