Video surfaces of Prince performing ‘Purple Rain’ for the first time live – watch

The recording dates back to August 1983

Video footage of Prince playing ‘Purple Rain’ live for the first time has emerged online.

The song was first performed at a a benefit concert for the Minnesota Dance Theatre at the First Avenue nightclub in Minneapolis on August 3, 1983.

The recording was later overdubbed and used on Prince’s 1984 album of the same name. Watch a video of the performance beneath.

Here is the original live recording of “Purple Rain” at 1st Ave!!

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Meanwhile, Prince recently criticised the current pop climate by claiming that it is a “bad time for music”.

Speaking to the New York Post, the legendary singer was asked for his thoughts on artists such as Tame Impala, The Weeknd and Miguel being influenced by his work. Far from being flattered, Prince replied: “There might be music that sounds like me, but what good is that? You’re essentially in the feedback loop.”

He added: “It’s a bad time for music in general. There’s not a lot of pop music in the mainstream that makes you feel scared, that makes you wonder what’s happening.”

Prince is set to release new LP ‘The Hit & Run Album’ with his band 3rdEyeGirl via Tidal in September. It is his 35th studio record. He also released two albums in 2014, ‘Plectrumelectrum’ with 3rdEyeGirl and the solo LP ‘Art Official Age’. You can hear a track from the album, ‘This Could B Us’, below.