Every time Prince appeared in concert on Long Island, he had his audience partying like it was 1999. You could also count on plenty of drama, pyrotechnics and surprises, as well.
MARCH 18-24, 1985 — Prince packed Nassau Coliseum for five sold-out shows with his “Purple Rain” tour. One of the most audacious moments came when he climbed into a giant purple tub and invited everyone in the crowd to take a bath with him.
OCT. 24, 1988 — Prince’s flair for the dramatic was in full display when he brought his “Lovesexy” tour to the Coliseum. In one number, he rose from a fog worthy of a London evening, then played piano on a heart-shaped platform and sang “Anna Stesia,” a heartfelt number about finding one’s faith.
JULY 23, 1997 — The Jones Beach Amphitheater was the setting for Prince’s “Jam of the Year” tour, in which the flamboyant star performed his own hits, as well as James Brown’s “Talkin’ Loud and Saying Nothing.” The highlight was his Michael Jackson parody during “How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore.”
JULY 20, 2004 — Prince’s last L.I. appearance was his “Musicology” tour at the Coliseum. For his closing number, “Purple Rain,” Prince amped things up with a soaring rock solo “full of little curlicues and swooping lines,” wrote Newsday’s Rafer Guzmán, and new lyrics at the end of the song which reflected his spiritual reawakening: “Open up your Bible, and let God guide us, shall we?” As a bonus, he gave away copies of his “Musicology” CD to everyone who bought a ticket to the show.