30 years ago today, I saw Prince in concert for the first time. I’ve written about it several times, and don’t have much to add to those earlier memories. It was the closest I’ve ever come to being there at the beginning of a superstar’s career … he was touring in support of Dirty Mind, three years before Purple Rain.
I remember the crowd being more diverse than any I’ve experienced, before or since. It truly was black, white, Puerto Rican, everybody just a freakin’. The venue was The Stone, a San Francisco club across the street from the legendary Mabuhay Gardens.
I was 27 years old.