Prince goes clubbing in Brisbane, 1992

In early April 1992 (24 years before his death), acclaimed American pop idol, Prince began the Australian leg of his Diamonds and Pearls tour in Brisbane with two concerts at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on the 13th and 14th. It was his first tour of Australia. Tickets for his first and initially only concert sold out within a matter of hours.

Prince travelled in a private jet from Tokyo to Coolangatta with rumours circulating that Prince was staying in the $1,430 a night Beaufort Suite at the Heritage Hotel (now the Stamford Plaza). These rumours were denied by a spokesperson for the hotel, stating that Prince was not their guest.

Headline from the Courier-Mail, April 13, 1992

Headline from the Courier-Mail, April 13, 1992

The night before his first concert around 300 patrons at the Lexington Queen nightclub were stunned when Prince and an entourage of six personal security turn up at around 2am. The singer arrived in a white stretched limousine which was parked behind the club.

“He sat alone in a leather chair near the dance floor, and did not drink or dance during the visit.” reported the Courier-Mail.

The Lexington Queen’s manager, Frank Avdyl, was thrilled to have the pop star at his club. “He was very well dressed, all in white. He’s an exceptional man – so cool – and nothing disturbs him. Patrons were asked not to get closer than 12 feet…”, said Avdyl.

Word soon spread of that Prince was at the Lexington Queen, which saw patronage at the club quickly rise. It was also reported that Prince dropped by Transformers nightclub as well.

Headline from the Courier-Mail, April 14, 1992

Headline from the Courier-Mail, April 14, 1992

The Courier Mail‘s Noel Mengel attended Prince’s opening night performance at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre and was very impressed – “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a better show, heard better music, and I’ve seen thousands of them.” The concert included a number of Prince’s classic hits including Purple Rain, 1999, Cream, Diamonds and Pearls, Kiss and Let’s Go Crazy.

Tony Horner from Rave magazine also attended and was bowled over by the concert as he described his experience while watching Prince’s performance. “…I’m no longer interested in observing and being critical. I’ve thrown away my notebook I’m on my feet it’s all degenerated into rhythm and screaming…I’m stunned and breathless.”

A sample of SLQ's collection of Rave and Time Off magazine from 1992

A sample of SLQ’s collection of Rave and Time Off magazines from 1992

If you’re looking to delve into the history of Brisbane’s music scene or searching for reviews of old concerts, SLQ has an extensive collection of Rave and Time Off magazines in our collection.

Myles Sinnamon – Project Coordinator, State Library of Queensland

 

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  1. Salena Walker

    Hello,
    I would love to get in touch with whoever wrote this article about Prince making an appearance to Lexington Queen nightclub in the early hours of the morning back on April 13th 1992. There is some misinformation in this article.
    I was staff at Lexington Queen Hotel and was present that night. I was privileged to met Prince that night in the club and aside from his body guards and my boss Frank Avdyl was the only person that was allowed to be with Prince in the VIP roped off area behind DJ area. I can also confirm Prince did have a non alcoholic drink as I personally gave it to him.
    I can confirm he did stay at the Beaufort Suite at the Heritage Hotel (Stamford Hotel) during his Diamonds & Pearls Tour in Brisbane 13th &14th April 1992. This information was denied due to security privacy for Prince & his band /entourage.
    I can confirm this as I was escorted from Lexington Queen nightclub into another limosone with Prince’s bodyguards and went back to his suite and spent several hours with Prince in that suite.
    Prince was a very private person which is why I told my boss to not say anything about my meeting with Prince and why I refused to talk to media about my experience.
    I would love to know if this was the only article published from the Courier Mail about Prince’s stay in Brisbane during that time?
    #PrinceRIP

    Thank you!
    Salena Walker

    • Myles Sinnamon

      Hi Salena

      Thank you for comment and your account of Prince’s visit to the Lexington Queen nightclub. The Courier-Mail published several articles regarding Prince’s stay in Brisbane –
      – Prince pops in for a late-night look-see (CM, 13/4/1992)
      – Royal room for Prince (SM, 12/4/1992)
      – Thunder from the Prince of sex (CM, 14/4/1992 -review of his concert)

      If you would like a copy of these articles simply send your request through our online enquiry form and one of our library staff will assist you. http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/services/ask-us

      Regards

      Myles Sinnamon – blog editor

  2. Tam

    This was an experience I will never forget.
    Unable to afford his Entertainment Centre concert as I was a poor Uni student, a roadie friend of mine caught wind of a possible secret concert.
    We paid a $10 entry fee.
    Prince didn’t just pop in to Transformers nightclub. He played the most amazing hour of spontaneous funk jazz.
    No singing, just pure instrumental genius.

  3. Belinda Davies

    I would also like to make a correction for this article. I was at Transformers the night Prince came to visit, we heard on the grapevine a few hours before that he was going to perform at Transformers after his concert, and so we raced downtown, stood in line, got in with just the normal cover charge, waited a couple of hours inside the club, and sure enough he came on and performed . I was ony 16 at the time and I was ecstatic. He performed quite a few songs too and I was just a few feet from the stage 🙂

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