Today is the 25th anniversary of something awesome: Prince’s “Purple Rain.” At least I hear it’s awesome. Here’s my dark, dirty secret: I’ve never seen the movie. I love the album, and the Morris Day appearance in Kevin Smith’s “Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back” (in German!). I was even up to review the 20th anniversary edition of “Purple Rain” a few years ago (five, to be precise), but a mailing mix-up put the assignment in someone else’s hands.
You don’t have to be a fan of Prince or of the movie to appreciate this video however. MTV covered the July 27, 1984 red carpet premiere of “Purple Rain,” and the multi-instrumentalists arrival was… well let’s just say that it was epic. Check out the video below and then head over to MTV.com for Eric Ditzian’s rundown of the event.