Sometimes I love YouTube so damn much.
When I was a freshman in college, I had a videotaped recording of a Sheila E. concert from 1986, and I watched the last ten minutes until the tape literally wore out.
The day of the concert, Rolling Stone magazine had done an interview with Wendy & Lisa for a cover story called "Prince's Women." They, along with Prince and the rest of the Revolution, were in San Francisco to shoot a video.
Just as a point of ironic trivia, in their interview, Wendy or Lisa (I can't remember which, and it doesn't really matter) said "This is a band that's going to be together for many years to come."
Prince fans recall that the dykey-funky duo were cut from the band a month later. Oops, guess they spoke to soon. (Wendy did perform with little Princey when I saw him last summer, though, and yes, I cried. I couldn't help it--they sang Sometimes it Snows in April together. That sad song kills me.)
The Rolling Stone writer followed the band all day and watched them shoot the video for Mountains. That night, he also tagged along with them to the Sheile E. concert that the footage below comes from.
During Sheila's second encore, Prince and the Revolution surprised the audience by joining her band to perform A Love Bizarre, which was a number one hit that spring.
It's a kick-ass performance. (And if you can't tell from how the two of them interact on stage, this was during the time when Prince and Sheila were a couple...)
Enjoy it this blast from the past while you can before Prince's lawyers force YouTube to take it down.
Wishing you all a high-kickin', splits-doin', funky-face-makin' weekend.