By: Roberto Boschian
The Rolling Stones 1981 American Tour was the bands first American tour in over 5 years. The tour would be the first of many Stones tours where the band played stadiums exclusively. The shows featured opening acts George Thorogood, The J. Geils Band, and an up and coming R&B artist named Prince.
On October 9th, 1981, The Rolling Stones played the first of two nights at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in California. According to many reports and rumors over the years, Prince opened the show wearing bikini briefs and a trench coat. Concert goers were not yet ready for the purple one’s androgynous stage attire and promptly hurled beer cans and insults at him. Prince only got a few songs into his set.
On UltimateClassicRock‘s list of “Strangest Rolling Stones Opening Acts of All-Time,” Prince ranks #1. Others include Sugar Ray, Justin Timberlake, and Merle Haggard.
Yes yes Prince is a musical genius but his greatest accomplishment is the poster that came inside 1981’s Controversy pic.twitter.com/oSHimuIu8r
— End Hits (@endhits) April 12, 2013
— QueenCandyDhami. (@PrinceTaughtMe) June 27, 2013