Forget the rumours and hearsay, it’s time to turn up the hysteria, let's go crazy, etc. Prince is touring Australia NEXT MONTH.
Ever since stories started surfacing about a possible tour last year, we’ve been hitting the refresh button on our inbox and waiting to hear if the Purple One would be gracing our shores for a third time. Originally rumoured to be touring Australia as part of the 2012 Big Day Out, Van Egmond Group and Chugg Entertainment have locked Prince in to play Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane in mid-May, and he’s bringing his kick-arse band and special stage along for the ride. According to promoters, Prince will entertain with a huge full scale arena production, which we’re told will include groundbreaking technology and a complete 360 degree stage.
Happily, tickets prices start at $99, which is a nice change from what we're used to paying to see top-drawer international acts. Second shows have already been announced for Sydney and Melbourne so fingers crossed for Brisbane.
Tickets are onsale now. For all the details check out the official Australian Prince tour website at princetour.com.au
or fan out on the official Australian tour facebook page
If you're still wondering what all the fuss is about, we've put together a few Prince Primers for you.
The best of Prince, live
Prince's top eight songs for other people
Life lessons from the man himself
AND, we've even got a double pass to give away in each city, right here
Or you could check this free mix put together by US hip hop mag Wax Poetics
for their Prince-dedicated 50th issue.
Prince and the Revolution - 'Erotic City (Make Love Not War Erotic City Come Alive)' (Warner Bros.)
The Time - '777-9311 (propsEdit)'
Blood Orange - 'Champagne Coast (Krystal Klear Remix)' (Domino)
Jesse Johnson - 'Be Your Man (Specially Remixed Version)' (A&M)
Andre Cymone - 'Kelly’s Eyes' (CBS)
Larry Graham - 'There’s Something About You' (Warner Bros.)
94 East - 'If You Feel Like Dancin’' (Hot Pink)
Toro y Moi - 'Saturday Love' (Carpark)
Madhouse - 'Fifteen' (Warner Bros.)
The Family - 'Screams of Passion (Extended Version)' (Warner Bros.)
DJ Quik - 'Do Today (featuring Jon B. and BlaKKazz K.K.)' (Mad Science)
?uestlove, The Foreign Exchange, Zo!, and Carlitta Durand - 'Purple Flip'
Prince - 'Wouldn’t You Love to Love Me'
Frank Ocean - 'Songs for Women'
Prince and the Revolution - 'I Would Die 4 U/Baby I’m A Star (Live, Landover, MD, 1984)'
Frank Ocean - 'Voodoo'
PRINCE TOUR DATES:
Friday 11 May – Allphones Arena, Sydney
Saturday 12 May - Allphones Arena, Sydney
Monday 14 May – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Tuesday 15 May – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Friday 18 May – Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
Wednesday 30 May – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
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