Prince made two tour stops for concerts in Rockford during the 1980s.

The musician, who was found dead at his Paisley Park studio compound in Minnesota April 21, first performed in Rockford on March 5, 1982 according to an internet database of his concerts.

The show at the Rockford Metro Centre, now BMO Harris Bank Center, was part of the Controversy Tour. The Time also was featured on the bill.

According to, Prince performed the following songs:

"The Second Coming"
"Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?"
"I Wanna Be Your Lover"
"Dirty Mind"
"Do Me, Baby"
"Let's Work"
"Private Joy"
"Jack U Off"

Prince returned to the Metro Centre the following year on The 1999 Tour when he was again joined The Time on March 17, 1983. Vanity 6 also was included in the lineup.

According to, Prince was armed with some of his biggest hits during this tour stop. The setlist included:

"Let's Work"
"Do Me, Baby"
"With You"
"Still Waiting"
"How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore"
"Lady Cab Driver"
"Little Red Corvette"
"Dirty Mind"
"International Lover"