The Prince Estate has announced that it will stream a concert from the artist’s 1985 Purple Rain tour across three days, to benefit the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
The Prince and the Revolution show, which took place in Syracuse, New York on March 30, 1985, was the first concert footage the musician released on VHS. This time around, though, viewers will also be able to participate in a live Q&A with Revolution drummer Bobby Z, prior to the official watch party launch.
Donations from viewers will go directly to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, which helps contain the spread of coronavirus, provide care for patients and frontline workers, and accelerate research towards a vaccine. They will also be matched by Google up to $5 million.
The stream will begin at 8pm ET on May 14 (or 1am GMT), and end on May 17. The live album will also stream digitally for the first time from May 15, while Bobby Z’s Q&A will begin an hour before the beginning of the event.
In more good news for Prince fans, a previously-unheard radio show featuring songs from the musician’s catalogue, plus unreleased studio and live recordings, also debuted earlier this month, via one of SiriusXM’s new stations, the Prince Channel.