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poster for the Los Angeles show of Prince's "Musicology Live 2004ever" tour

Musicology Live 2004ever was a 2004 tour by Prince in North America to promote his album "Musicology."

The tour began in March 27 in 2004 in Reno, Nevada and concluded on September 11, 2004 in San Jose, California. It was a commercial success earning $87.4 million from 96 shows in 69 cities across North America and selling more than 1.4 million tickets.

Prince said one of the goals of the tour was "to bring back music and live musicianship."

Tour Background and DevelopmentEdit

In April of 2004, Prince released his 30th studio album "Musicology" from Columbia Records after leaving former record labels Warner Bros. and Arista. The album followed the 2003 releases Xpectation and N.E.W.S.

When speaking about the album, Prince stated:

"I am really an artist and a musician at heart, that's what I do. Musicology has no boundaries or formats. It is long overdue to return to the art and craft of music, that's what this album is about. School's in session."

Prince gave a small performance at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles, California in February to preview some of the new songs from the album where he also announced plans for an upcoming tour. Tour dates were announced later that month in North America.

He opened the 2004 Grammy Awards with R&B singer Beyoncé and was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the same year. More tour dates were announced shortly afterward.

The Musicology Tour also increased sales of the Musicology album because concertgoers received a copy of "Musicology" with the album cost included in the ticket price for the tour.

This prompted Billboard magazine and Nielsen SoundScan to change its chart data methodology: For future album releases, Billboard says that customers "must be given an option to either add the CD to the ticket purchase or forgo the CD for a reduced ticket-only price."

Set ListEdit

This set list is representative of the first show in Los Angeles on March 29, 2004. It does not represent all concerts during the tour.

  1. "Musicology"
  2. "Let's Go Crazy"
  3. "I Would Die 4 U"
  4. "When Doves Cry"
  5. "Baby I'm a Star"
  6. "Shhh"
  7. "D.M.S.R."
  8. "I Feel for You"
  9. "Controversy"
  10. "God"
  11. "The Beautiful Ones"
  12. "Nothing Compares 2 U"
  13. "Insatiable"
  14. "Sign 'O' the Times"
  15. "The Question of U"
  16. "Let's Work"
  17. "U Got the Look"
  18. "Life O' the Party"
  19. "Soul Man"
  20. "Kiss"
  21. "Take Me with U"
  22. "4ever in My Life"
  23. "12:01"
  24. "On the Couch"
  25. "Little Red Corvette"
  26. "Sometimes It Snows in April"
  27. "7"
  28. "Purple Rain"

Tour ScheduleEdit

List of concerts, showing date, city, country, venue, tickets sold, amount of available tickets and gross revenue
Date City Country Venue Attendance Revenue
North America
March 27, 2004 Reno United States Lawlor Events Center 11,777 / 11,777 $748,253
March 29, 2004 Los Angeles Staples Center 17,367 / 17,367 $1,249,585
March 30, 2004 Bakersfield Centennial Garden 7,987 / 7,987 $599,025
March 31, 2004 Glendale Glendale Arena 16,094 / 16,094 $1,035,859
April 2, 2004 Dallas American Airlines Center 18,483 / 18,483 $1,161,356
April 6, 2004 Oklahoma City Ford Center 13,651 / 13,651 $845,412
April 7, 2004 Omaha Qwest Center 12,398 / 12,398 $632,148
April 8, 2004 Ames Hilton Coliseum 11,009 / 11,009 $510,195
April 10, 2004 Champaign UI Assembly Hall 11,867 / 11,867 $560,008
April 12, 2004 Indianapolis Conseco Fieldhouse 10,859 / 10,859 $678,557
April 13, 2004 Cincinnati U.S. Bank Arena 12,805 / 12,805 $800,568
April 14, 2004 Pittsburgh Mellon Arena 14,092 / 14,092 $869,272
April 16, 2004 Columbus Schottenstein Center 16,381 / 16,381 $928,386
April 17, 2004 Cleveland Gund Arena 18,558 / 18,558 $1,101,243
April 18, 2004 University Park Bryce Jordan Center 10,913 / 10,913 $548,586
April 21, 2004 Columbia Colonial Center 16,165 / 16,165 $873,620
April 22, 2004 Knoxville Thompson–Boling Arena 11,614 / 11,614 $651,685
April 23, 2004 Raleigh RBC Arena 18,494 / 18,494 $1,159,331
April 25, 2004 Sunrise Office Depot Center 18,231 / 18,231 $1,051,164
April 26, 2004 Tampa St. Pete Times Forum 17,079 / 17,079 $1,038,895
April 27, 2004 Jacksonville Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 14,791 / 14,791 $880,132
April 29, 2004 Birmingham Birmingham–Jefferson Convention Complex 16,889 / 16,889 $826,669
April 30, 2004 Atlanta Philips Arena 17,977 / 17,977 $1,168,393
May 1, 2004 Biloxi Mississippi Coast Coliseum 10,365 / 10,365 $606,474
May 4, 2004 Kansas City Kemper Arena 14,941 / 14,941 $752,126
May 5, 2004 St. Louis Savvis Center 17,393 / 17,393 $953,651
May 6, 2004 Nashville Gaylord Entertainment Center 16,680 / 16,680 $983,425
May 24, 2004 Anaheim Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim 15,467 / 15,467 $968,729
May 26, 2004 Los Angeles Staples Center 34,651 / 34,651 $2,527,148
May 28, 2004
May 29, 2004 Paradise Mandalay Bay Events Center 22,594 / 22,594 $2,432,651
May 30, 2004
June 9, 2004 San Antonio SBC Center 12,607 / 12,607 $774,980
June 11, 2004 Dallas American Airlines Center 18,093 / 18,093 $1,043,408
June 12, 2004 Bossier City CenturyTel Center 12,552 / 12,552 $670,239
June 14, 2004 Memphis The Pyramid 17,202 / 17,202 $942,981
June 16, 2004 St. Paul Xcel Energy Center 60,044 / 60,044 $3,615,429
June 17, 2004
June 18, 2004
June 20, 2004 Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills 39,009 / 39,009 $2,274,438
June 21, 2004
June 24, 2004 Milwaukee Marcus Amphitheater 21,475 / 21,475 $1,167,219
June 25, 2004 Rosemont Allstate Arena 17,642 / 17,642 $1,063,791
July 12, 2004 New York City Madison Square Garden 57,023 / 57,023 $3,973,848
July 13, 2004
July 14, 2004
July 16, 2004 East Rutherford Continental Airlines Arena 40,502 / 40,502 $2,567,168
July 17, 2004 Hartford Hartford Civic Center 12,698 / 12,698 $674,076
July 18, 2004 East Rutherford Continental Airlines Arena Template:Efn Template:Efn
July 20, 2004 Uniondale Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum 16,661 / 16,661 $1,007,320
July 22, 2004 Rosemont Allstate Arena 50,089 / 50,089 $2,770,944
July 23, 2004
July 24, 2004
August 6, 2004 Houston Toyota Center 31,504 / 31,504 $1,816,214
August 7, 2004
August 9, 2004 Atlanta Philips Arena 33,214 / 33,214 $2,031,926
August 10, 2004
August 12, 2004 Washington, D.C. MCI Center 54,927 / 54,927 $3,549,885
August 13, 2004
August 14, 2004
August 17, 2004 Boston FleetCenter 49,085 / 49,085 $2,799,722
August 18, 2004
August 19, 2004
August 22, 2004 Philadelphia Wachovia Center 56,624 / 56,624 $3,450,758
August 23, 2004
August 24, 2004
August 27, 2004 Denver Pepsi Center 34,348 / 34,348 $2,207,112
August 28, 2004
August 30, 2004 Seattle KeyArena 30,282 / 30,282 $1,688,379
August 31, 2004
September 1, 2004 Portland Rose Garden Arena 13,271 / 13,271 $897,300
September 3, 2004 Sacramento ARCO Arena 16,334 / 16,334 $908,656
September 4, 2004 Fresno Save Mart Center 14,940 / 14,940 $770,623
September 5, 2004 San Diego Cox Arena 12,545 / 12,545 $918,333
September 9, 2004 Oakland Oakland Arena 16,492 / 16,492 $949,192
September 10, 2004 San Jose HP Pavilion 33,534 / 33,534 $1,838,670
September 11, 2004
Total 1,240,269 / 1,240,269 (100%) $75,515,157

BandEdit

  • Lead vocals & guitar – Prince
  • Rhythm guitar – Mike Scott
  • Bass – Rhonda Smith
  • Drums – John Blackwell
  • Keyboards – Renato Neto and Rad
  • Saxophones – Maceo Parker and Candy Dulfer
  • Trombone – Greg Boyer
  • Keys- Chance Howard

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