Watch Incredible Prince Concert from 1982

This Capitol Theater gig is proof The Purple One is inimitable and irreplaceable
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This Capitol Theater gig is proof The Purple One is inimitable and irreplaceable
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Slate’s Forrest Wickman points to this 1982 show in Passaic, New Jersey as proof that Prince was the greatest performer of our time. He’s not wrong. As Wickman says, there’s no better time than this sad afternoon to watch the entire thing. 

Here is a partial list of the wonders contained herein:

  • A gospel opening to herald the coming of His Purpleness
  • A pole dance (also from His Purpleness)
  • Prince simulating sex with his guitar for four full minutes (starting around 24:40)
  • Prince dancing and doing splits in heels (see around 35:00 for just one example)
  • A Prince striptease (starting around 43:10)
  • Hits including “I Wanna Be Your Lover,” “Uptown,” and “Dirty Mind.”


If you’re pressed for time, you can watch Prince absolutely shred during his legendary Super Bowl set

The Capitol Theatre show setlist, all classics:

0:00:00 – “The Second Coming” (Intro)

0:02:00 – “Uptown”

0:04:50 – “Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?”

0:12:24 – “I Wanna Be Your Lover”

0:29:14 – “Dirty Mind”

0:35:42 – “Do Me, Baby” 

0:45:45 – “Controversy”
0:53:01 – “Let's Work”

1:00:55 – Applause before encore

1:02:55 – “Jack U Off”