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Prince's secret show in Cincinnati

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CORRYVILLE, OH (FOX19) -

It was 1984, just before Prince was to go on a huge tour. He stopped by Bogarts in Corryville and played a secret show. Only a local radio station and the owner of Bogarts knew who was flying in to perform. 

Al Porkolab, the owner of the club at time knew, but was sworn to secrecy. 

He said the secret began to get out when a local radio station began playing his hit song, “199” all day. The day of the show, a radio station announced that a purple private plane had landed at Lunken airport, according to Porkolab. 
  
The secret was out and soon Bogarts was sold out. At the time, about 1,400 people got to see the, “Red, White, and Blue Tour” for only five bucks. 
That was the name Prince used before hitting the road for his Purple Rain Tour. 

Porkolab said he’s pretty sure the show started with the hit song, “Let’s Go Crazy.” Which he said the crowd fittingly did. 

Besides the secret show, our records show Prince performed in the Queen City several times. 
  
Prince Tour 1979 
February 11, 1980 – Bogart’s 

This was his first concert tour. Cincinnati was his 7th stop. After playing 13 stops on the first leg he met up Rick James for 38 more dates. 

Prince Controversy Tour 
March 14, 1982 – Riverfront Coliseum 

Prince 1999 Tour 
December 12, 1982 = Riverfront Coliseum 

Prince Love Sexy 
September 22, 1988 – Riverfront Coliseum 

“The Jam of the Year” World Tour 
November 9, 1997 – The Crown 

Prince Hit n Run Tour 
November 20, 2000 – Music Hall 

Musicology 
April 13, 2004 – U.S. Bank Arena 
 

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