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Prince’s 1987 concert film Sign O’ The Times will air on Showtime September 16th. The movie was the companion piece to his double album of the same name and is one of the most vividly filmed concerts. Sign O’ The Times was critically acclaimed when it was originally released in movie theaters. The concert was filmed at Paisley Park and footage was also used from his tours in Belgium and the Netherlands. It will be the first time in more than a decade that it will be seen on television. Fans are still waiting for the film to be reissued because it went out of print in 1991 and never had an official DVD release.
John Blackwell Jr. who was a drummer for Prince died in Florida today at the age of 43 after suffering from cancer. His wife announced his passing on his Instagram account. Blackwell was a Columbia, South Carolina native and learned to drum from his father John Blackwell Sr. who played with The Spinners, Mary Wells, The Drifters and many others. He started his professional career as a teenager on his first job playing for Billy Eckstine. In the 90s’ he secured jobs with Patti Labelle and Cameo. He joined Prince’s New Power Generation in 2000 and stayed for 15 years. During this time period, he released a solo album and toured with D’Angelo, Bootsy’s Rubber Band and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. He was diagnosed with brain tumors in 2016 and more than $80,000 was raised through a GoFundMe account for his medical bills. Blackwell was working on a book about his life as a performer.
Prince’s deluxe edition of the Purple Rain album is coming out June 23rd and “Father’s Song” is one of the extra 11 songs on the tracklisting. The two-disc version will include the unreleased material and the three-disc version of the album will also have the Prince and the Revolution Live! concert.
“After Prince passed I wanted to give him one final birthday present and I decided to fulfill his wish, and record this song at Paisley Park. “This song poses the question ‘is this the End of The Road?’ and my answer is I don’t think so! I will see all three of my beautiful family members someday again.”
Yesterday would’ve been Prince’s 59th birthday.