Longtime Prince collaborator and fulltime smooth Morris Day is one of the most swaggering and peacockish funk performers to hit the stage since the Purple One himself. As the frontman of the Time, the charismatic Day built a serious name for himself in the ‘80s with his colorful showmanship, introducing international audiences to his slick stage presence in musical films like Purple Rain and Graffiti Bridge. Whether he’s preening on jams like “The Bird” or leading call and response on classics like “Jungle Love,” Day is nothing if not a consummate showman, and fans can expect him to pull out all the stops on tour with the Time in 2014.
Formed in Minneapolis in 1981, the Time was the brainchild of Prince, who put the group together as an outlet for his funkier leanings while he pursued other directions as a solo artist. Fronted by Morris Day and featuring a talented cast of players, the Time racked up a string of hits in the early ‘80s, gaining an additional popularity boost from their featured role in Prince’s classic 1984 rock musical Purple Rain. With hits like “Cool” and “Jerk Out,” Day and co. became one of the most successful groups to originate from Prince’s creative wellspring, and despite several splits and reunions, they’ve lost none of the funk that made them. The Time will let it all hang out once again in 2014 as they hit the road for a tour schedule that has them sharing bills with fellow greats Kool & the Gang and Chaka Khan.