Wed 21 Apr 2021

12 of Prince’s Most Iconic Performances


There are few better ways to celebrate the legacy of Prince, who died five years ago today, than by digging into the iconic artist’s performance archive.

From acoustic slow jams to electrifying power ballads, here’s a look back at some of the icon’s most memorable performances…

‘Purple Rain’ – NFL Superbowl Halftime Show (2007)

Live shows don’t get much more immersive than this one. Here’s Prince performing ‘Purple Rain’ during torrential rain, at his Superbowl halftime show in 2007…

‘Creep’ – Coachella (2008)

The collaboration we never knew we needed- Prince covering Radiohead’s ‘Creep’ at Coachella in 2008.

Let’s Go Crazy- Paisley Park (1999)

The outfit. The energy. The sass. Here’s one of Prince’s iconic late-night jams at his private Paisley Park estate in 1999…

‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ – Hall of Fame Inductions (2004)

A dream team of Prince, Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne and Dhani Harrison teamed up to perform this stunning cover of ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ – in tribute to George Harrison in 2004.

‘I Wanna Be Your Lover’ – Capitol Theatre (1982) 

Early footage of Prince’s live shows are like gold dust… So sit back and enjoy this rare clip of his classic  ‘I Wanna Be Your Lover’, performed in New Jersey in 1982!


We’re not sure when, or where this performance took place… but it’s incredible. 

‘Purple Rain’ Medley – Grammy’s (2004)

“Don’t hate us cause we fabulous” – Prince and Beyoncé teamed up for this iconic performance at the Grammys in 2004.

‘Sweet Thing’ – London (1998)

A dreamy cover of ‘Sweet Thing’, accompanied by the one and only Chaka Khan!

‘Sometimes it snows in April’ – Webster Hall (2004)

An acoustic rendition of his classic ‘Sometimes it snows in April’.

‘1999’ – Paisley Park (1999)

Say say two thousand zero zero party over, oops, out of time…

‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ – Paisley Park (1999)

Just. Wow….


What’s your favourite Prince performance?! Let us know at @gigsandtours