Published May 12, 2015Not only did Prince release a politically charged song called "Baltimore" this month, but the Purple One performed a couple of a peace-oriented concerts. Now, he has shared the full soundboard recording of one of those shows.
The gig was called "Dance Rally 4 Peace," and Prince performed alongside his band 3RDEYEGIRL at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota on May 2.
The 41-minute live recording begins with five minutes of a DJ, but Prince and 3RDEYEGIRL take over from there. In keeping with the band's stripped-down style, the performance emphasizes the rocking side of Prince's output, as he cranks the distortion and unleashes his inner guitar hero.
Listen to the show below.
This live set was followed by a second "Dance Rally 4 Peace" gig a week later, on May 10, in Baltimore. There's no word as to whether that set will also be released. The gigs were a response to the death of Freddie Gray, a Baltimore man who died while in police custody. As a result of Gray's death, the city became a hotbed for riots and social upheaval.