TBT: When relatively unknown Prince was booed off LA Coliseum stage in 1981

Prince is waaaaaaayyy down there. RIP to a legend            

In October of 1981, the Rolling Stones played a pair of shows at the LA Coliseum to promote their latest album ‘Tattoo You’.

To accommodate the USC football game set for Saturday, Oct. 10 (an eventual 13-10 loss to Arizona), the band played their concerts on Friday, Oct. 9 and Sunday, Oct. 11.

A relatively unknown artist named Prince was part of the Stones’ opening act lineup, which also included George Thorogood and The J Geils Band.

When it was his turn on to perform on Oct. 9, Prince, who would release his fourth studio album ‘Controversy’ just days later, did not fare well. Within 15 minutes, he was booed off stage.

Despite being pelted with food and homophobic slurs, Prince returned to open the Oct. 11 show as well.

Within the following two years (1982-1984), Prince would release ‘1999’ and ‘Purple Rain’ and catapult himself into the realm of superstardom as one of the greatest musical artists of a generation.

On Thursday, Prince was found dead at his home in Minnesota. He was 57.